Jessica Vitak

Dr. Jessica Vitak

Jessica Vitak

Assistant Professor & Director fo the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI)
2117G, Hornbake Building South wing
(301) 405-8617
(301) 314-9145

PhD, Michigan State

Office: 2117G Hornbake Building, South Wing

Research interests:

computer-mediated communication, social media, relationship maintenance, impression management, privacy, social capital, context collapse

I think one of the iSchool's greatest attributes is that it blends a diverse range of disciplines and methodologies seamlessly, and I believe my research--which focuses on how new communication technologies impact the ways we share information, maintain relationships, and manage our social networks--will benefit tremendously from working with the many great scholars in this College. As a new member of the faculty, I’m excited to join such a vibrant group of people, and I look forward to collaborations that will help my research grow and evolve.

Enhancing Digital Privacy and Security Skills for Low-Socioeconomic Families: Resources for Librarians and Patrons

Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak
Investigator: Mega M Subramaniam
Research Area:

Bringing together interdisciplinary faculty from the iSchool, economically disadvantaged/low socioeconomic status (SES) families, and public library partners may help minimize privacy and security challenges that librarians face and risks that low-SES families face using internet and communication technologies (ICTs).

Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems: Practices and Contexts in the Netherlands and US

Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak
Research Area:

Mobile devices are efficient and convenient, but also increase the potential for more pervasive forms of digitally mediated surveillance by media companies, marketers, governments, employers, and Internet Service Providers. This project evaluates mobile users’ mental models of privacy.

Collaborative Research: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research (PERVADE)

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton, Jessica Vitak
Research Area:

Increasingly pervasive data about people enables fundamentally new computational research. Simultaneously, changes in scale, scope, speed, and depth of data availability require reconsideration of ethics for computational research. Much work addressing ethics for big and pervasive data proceeds from first principles, applying traditional tenets of research ethics to computational data research.