I am researching how we can design and build an internet that is safe and empowering for everyone, including marginalized populations. Non-consensual interactions are pervasive on the internet such as online harassment and surveillance. I want to help people feel safe and have agency in their online experiences.
To do so, I find ways to protect people's consent on the internet. In particular, I focus on designing social systems grounded in affirmative consent to tackle problems both in the user-to-system (user-to-company) context (e.g., data ownership and privacy issues) and user-to-user context (e.g., online harassment). Unsurprisingly, I find these two contexts deeply related to each other, and decided to research both. I tend to call the systems I build grounded in affirmative consent as consentful systems. :) I'm also interested in finding ways to help industry practitioners think about users' consent when desgining and building systems.
I am fortunate to be advised by Dr. Florian Schaub and Dr. Nikola Banovic. I'm a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan School of Information and Computer Science & Engineering (I was formally accepted to both). My general research interests lie in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, Privacy, and Feminist Studies. As you can see, I like interdisciplinary work. :)