Archive Number: 4.283
Status of Thesis: Open
Date of start: 2019-04-12
Current and future consumer information system environments are characterized by increasing interconnectedness and complexity, fast-paced innovation, penetration of nearly all aspects of daily life, and global access to a sheer endless number of information systems. Especially due to the complexity of the information privacy concept, tools are required to prevent consumers from being subjected to information privacy harms, such as misrepresentations of the self, chilling effects, or discrimination. Yet, organizations and society depend on shared information, so that a middle ground must be found that allows for mutually beneficial information exchange but avoids adverse effects. There is a wealth of research opportunities with a focus on information privacy in consumer information systems. We are especially interested in information privacy–focused theses fostering consumer knowledge on information privacy, improving information systems design or organizational information privacy practices, or strengthening the current body of knowledge about information privacy with a conceptual focus.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Consumer perceptions of information privacy
- Organizational information privacy practices
- Design, development, and analysis of information privacy–enhancing technologies
- Decentralized information privacy–preserving information systems (eg, based on blockchains)
This is an umbrella topic since topics of interest change rapidly. Students are encouraged to propose a topic of interest to them within the topic area.
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