1. Parents have become one of the most active demographics of social media users. Though there has been extensive interest in digital youth, little research has focused on their parents. Social media sites provide tremendous opportunities for parents to access information and social support, but also fail them in critical ways. If we expect parents to raise their children effectively in a complex and evolving digital world, we need to develop new tools and theories to help them do so. In this talk, I will describe how new mothers decide what to share about their children on Facebook, how mothers discuss their family anonymously online, and how parents of children with special needs overcome judgment online. I will discuss implications for individual and shared identity, privacy, and ownership of digital content. Finally, I will describe future directions for technology design, including managing audiences, guarding family privacy, and promoting appropriate technology use in the home.

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  2. As our world becomes more computerized and interconnected, computer security and privacy will continue to increase in importance. In this talk, I will focus specifically on examples of security and privacy challenges that I have addressed in my work by designing and building new systems that better match user expectations. First, I will describe an extensive study of how advertisers, social media sites, and others invisibly track users as they browse the Web, and a new defense resulting from this study. I will then describe an approach to permission granting in modern operating systems (such as smartphones) that is more secure and better matches user expectations than existing approaches. In this approach, called user-driven access control, the operating system is able to extract a user's permission granting intent from the way he or she naturally interacts with any application. Achieving user-driven access control uncovers security in the user interface as a distinct research direction, which will be the focus of the third part of the talk.

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  3. Providing coherent, learnable paths through content is at the heart of digital product design. Whether we're building a social mobile app, an enterprise e-commerce site or an airport check-in kiosk, designing an experience that our users can navigate with as little friction as possible plays a huge part in whether or not a product is deemed "intuitive”.

    Justin and Rebecca will present a case study of a large-scale navigation redesign conducted last year for Nordstrom.com. Along the way, they'll discuss techniques for better understanding a user's navigational mental model, and how to capitalize upon that model in pursuit of the ideal shopping experience.

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  4. A recent passion project from Artefact is Dialog, a software and hardware platform designed to help people affected by epilepsy and their care givers, understand and manage the condition better. In this presentation, we will discuss the goals, process, and outcome of this concept vision project, and highlight the lessons we learned along the way.

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  5. Abstract: This talk presents co-performance as a potential tool for anonymous pseudonymity. We can define anonymised pseudonyms as identities for communication, untraceably disassociated from a performer, that are persistent in use long enough to establish some measure of social reputation. Digitally authoring or controlling an identity allows for provenance to be hidden through cryptographic systems. However, mass storage and processing can uncover 'signatures' and 'fingerprints' in diverse communication modes. These include approaches as varied as writing style, time-of-day analysis, and camera or other hardware profiling. Anonymous pseudonyms enable creative experimentation and are a healthy extension of multifaceted identity. Historical norms in writing, performance and innovation demonstrate the broad-reaching benefit of creativity under the security of invented names and characters. On the web, particularly in the early years of the internet, easy forms of anonymous reputation management have proven invaluable for numerous contexts of social interaction and debate. Untraceable pseudonyms also make open critique and whistleblowing possible.
    Bio: Ben Dalton is currently investigating the theme of 'design for digital pseudonymity' at the Royal College of Art, London. Ben is a Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Environment & Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and is on sabbatical to undertake PhD research in to Digital Public Space as part of the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council UK) funded Creative Exchange project. Ben has recently shown work, given talks and run workshops on themes of digital identity performance and control, including FACT Liverpool, RCA London, FutureEverything Manchester, Today's Art The Hague, Berghs Stockholm, Abandon Normal Devices Liverpool, WWW2013 Rio de Janeiro, Sensuous Knowledge Bergen, and DIS Newcastle. Ben has a background in ubiquitous computing and mobile sensor networks from the MIT Media Lab, and has conducted research in the Århus University Electron-Molecular Interaction group, University of Leeds Spintronics and Magnetic Nanostructures lab, and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, London. Recently he has been a regular guest Professor at the Bergen National Academy of Art and Design, teaching workshops on interaction design. Ben was a co-investigator on two EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council UK) funded research projects in to visualising pedestrian usage patterns in interactive urban spaces and wearable computing sensors for ubiquitous computing applications. He is also currently co-directing the Data is Political project in to the aesthetic, ethical and spatial dimensions of information and its relation to power, the production of knowledge, and construction of urban spaces.

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