Katie Shilton

Dr. Katie Shilton

Katie Shilton

Dr. Katie Shilton, Assistant Professor & Doctoral Program Director
Office: 
Patuxent 1109A
Telephone: 
(301) 405-3777

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Office: 4121H Hornbake Building, South Wing

Research Interests:

Social and ethical implications of emerging technologies; information policy; social values and technology design

New information technology calls for new information ethics in defining how digital personal data will be collected, organized and shared. This is a new challenge for archivists, digital curators and information specialists. The iSchool is dedicated to creating information professionals that maintain our values of accessibility and equity while also ensuring personal privacy and preservation.

Public Health, Nanotechnology, and Mobility (PHeNoM)

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PheNoM takes advantage of technology with smartphone applications and a small device that fits over the smartphone camera to analyze blood samples. A critical component of success of PheNoM devices and biometrics will be to understand their fit into relevant social contexts, including those of patients and medical providers, concerned consumers, and existing bio-medical institutions.

From Intentional to Enacted Values in a Future Internet Architecture: Values in the Next Phase of Named Data Networking Research

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Named Data Networking (NDN) aims to redesign the architecture of the Internet, producing not only technical advances, but social impacts on privacy, intellectual property, law enforcement, governance, and political economy.

Finding Practices that Cultivate Ethical Computing in Mobile and Wearable Application Research & Development

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton Adam A. Porter & Elizabeth Lynn Blake & Jonathan Wilkenfeld & Alexander Robert Jonas & Audrey R Tetteh & Devin Hayes Ellis
Investigator: Susan Winter
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This project studies academic and commercial software research and development (R&D) to discover factors that encourage discussion and action on ethical challenges.

Finding Levers for Privacy and Security by Design in MobileDevelopment

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Privacy and data security in mobile applications are necessary for information collection but oftentimes expensive and difficult to implement. This project seeks to study developers’ practices that encourage privacy and security in design and build tools to encourage such practices.

The Development of Ethical Cultures in Computer Security Research

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Computer security researchers must navigate ethical dilemmas about how to use big data and shared networked resources to discover vulnerabilities; how to safely expose these problems; and how to best ensure that critical vulnerabilities are fixed.

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

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton, Jessica Vitak
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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.