Understanding engagement with the privacy domain through design research

Asimina Vasalou, Anne Marie Oostveen, Christopher Bowers, Russell Beale

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This paper reports findings from participatory design research aimed at uncovering how technological interventions can engage users in the domain of privacy. Our work was undertaken in the context of a new design concept, "Privacy Trends", whose aspiration is to foster technology users' digital literacy regarding ongoing privacy risks and elucidate how such risks fit within existing social, organizational, and political systems, leading to a longer-term privacy concern. Our study reveals 2 challenges for privacy intervention design: the need to develop technology users' intrinsic motivations with the privacy domain and the importance of framing the concept of privacy within users' interests. Setting our study within a design context enables us to identify 4 design opportunities for fostering engagement with the privacy domain through technology design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1263-1273
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number6
Early online date14 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • human computer interaction
  • privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems


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