Dr. Jessica Vitak is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and an affiliate professor in the Communication Department. In addition, she is director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and associate director of the Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL).
Dr. Vitak's research evaluates the benefits and drawbacks of mediated communication technologies by focusing on the role that social and technical affordances shape interactions online.
Current Research Interests
- Data privacy and security
- Pervasive data ethics
- Generation, collection, and analysis of large-scale user data
PhD, Michigan State University
- Collaborative Research: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research (PERVADE)
- CHS: Large: Collaborative Research: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research
- Enhancing Digital Privacy and Security Skills for Low-Socioeconomic Families: Resources for Librarians and Patrons
- SaTC: EDU: Collaborative: Connecting Contexts: Building Foundational Digital Privacy and Security Skills for Elementary School Children, Teachers, and Parents
- Ethics Regulation in Social Computing Research: Examining the Role of Institutional Review Boards
- How COVID-19 is Changing Workplace Surveillance: American Workers’ Experiences & Privacy Expectations When Working From Home