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While privacy is not one of my primary research interests, I do have some past and ongoing projects on it, particularly with regards to fair privacy and AI to help people make privacy-related decisions.

Fair Privacy

Our fair privacy paper examines what is involved in making sure that privacy guarantees are provided in a fair and equitable manner, that vulnerable people are not at greater risk of privacy failures


Michael D. Ekstrand, Rezvan Joshaghani, and Hoda Mehrpouyan. 2018. Privacy for All: Ensuring Fair and Equitable Privacy Protections. In Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (FAT* 2018). PMLR, Proceedings of Machine Learning Research 81:35–47. Acceptance rate: 24%. Cited 93 times. Cited 69 times.


Rezvan Joshaghani, Michael D. Ekstrand, Bart Knijnenburg, and Hoda Mehrpouyan. 2018. Do Different Groups Have Comparable Privacy Tradeoffs?. In Moving Beyond a ‘One-Size Fits All’ Approach: Exploring Individual Differences in Privacy, a workshop at CHI 2018. NSF PAR 10222636. Cited 4 times. Cited 4 times.

Privacy Decision-Making

This line of work examines how people make privacy decisions and how we might build tools that support them in that process.


A. K. M. Nuhil Mehdy, Michael D. Ekstrand, Bart Knijnenburg, and Hoda Mehrpouyan. 2021. Privacy as a Planned Behavior: Effects of Situational Factors on Privacy Perceptions and Plans. In Proceedings of the 29th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP ’21). ACM. DOI 10.1145/3450613.3456829. arXiv:2104.11847 [cs.SI]. NSF PAR 10223377. Acceptance rate: 23%. Cited 19 times. Cited 13 times.