Academic Publications

Below is a list of my academic publications, with links to PDFs where available. I’ve also included links to blog posts, media articles, and press mentions related to these publications.

My research is also listed on Google Scholar, ORCID, and DBLP.

 

Journal Articles // Conference Proceedings // Book Chapters // Conference Papers // Workshop Papers // Reports // Invited Talks // Campus Talks // Theses

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

J.7          Kumar, P.C., Subramaniam, M., Vitak, J., Clegg, T.L., & Chetty, M. (2020). Strengthening Children’s Privacy Literacy Through Contextual Integrity. Media and Communication, 8(4), 175-184. doi: 10.17645/mac.v8i4.3236. [PDF]

J.6          Zimmer, M., Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Liao, Y., & Kritikos, K.C. (2020). ‘There’s Nothing Really They Can Do with This Information’: Unpacking How Users Manage Privacy Boundaries for Personal Fitness Information. Information, Communication & Society, 23(7), 1020-1037. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2018.1543442. [PDF]

J.5          Kumar, P.C., Vitak, J., Chetty, M., & Clegg, T.L. (2019). The Platformization of the Classroom: Teachers as Surveillant Consumers. Surveillance & Society, 17(1/2), 145-152. doi:10.24908/ss.v17i1/2.12926. Listed as one of the journal’s top 20 trending articles of 2019.

J.4          Pridmore, J., Zimmer, M., Vitak, J., Mols, A., Trottier, D., Kumar, P.C., & Liao, Y. (2019). Intelligent Personal Assistants and the Intercultural Negotiations of Dataveillance in Platformed Households. Surveillance & Society, 17(1/2), 125-131. doi:10.24908/ss.v17i1/2.12936 

J.3          Vitak, J., Liao, Y., Subramaniam, M., & Kumar, P. (2018). ‘I Knew It Was Too Good To Be True’: The Challenges Economically Disadvantaged Internet Users Face in Assessing Trustworthiness, Avoiding Scams, and Developing Self-Efficacy Online. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2(CSCW), Article 176. doi:10.1145/3274445. [26 percent acceptance rate]

J.2           Kumar, P., Naik, S.M., Devkar, U.R., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., & Vitak, J. (2017). ‘No Telling Passcodes Out Because They’re Private’: Understanding Children’s Mental Models of Privacy and Security Online. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 1(CSCW), Article 64. doi:10.1145/3134699. [27 percent acceptance rate].  Summary blog post | Princeton CITP post | Slate article | Terp article | CSCW blog post.

J.1           Kumar, P. (2017). Corporate Privacy Policy Changes during PRISM and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism. Media and Communication, 5(1), 63-75. doi:10.17645/mac.v5il.813. Summary blog post | Featured in the UMD Libraries Social Justice Research Guide

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

C.10          Subramaniam, M., Kumar, P., Morehouse, S., Liao, Y., & Vitak, J. (2019). Leveraging Funds of Knowledge to Manage Privacy Practices in Families. Proceedings of the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2019), Melbourne, Australia. October 19-23, 2019. [PDF]

C.9          Kumar, P.C., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., & Vitak, J. (2019). Privacy and Security Considerations For Digital Technology Use in Elementary Schools. Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’19). Glasgow, Scotland. May 4-9, 2019. [24 percent acceptance rate] Summary blog post | HCIL blog post

C.8          Liao, Y., Vitak, J., Kumar, P., Zimmer, M., & Kritikos, K.C. (2019). Understanding the Role of Privacy and Trust in Intelligent Personal Assistant Adoption. Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference on Information (iConference 2019). Washington, DC. March 31-April 3, 2019. [32 percent acceptance rate] Winner, Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper

C.7           Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., Yang, J., McNally, B., & Bonsignore, E.  (2018). Co-Designing Online Privacy-Related Games and Stories with Children. Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC’18). Trondheim, Norway. June 19-22, 2018. [28 percent acceptance rate]. Summary blog post

C.6           McNally, B., Kumar, P., Hordatt, C., Mauriello, M.L., Naik, S., Norooz, L., Shorter, A., Golub, E., & Druin, A. (2018). Co-designing Mobile Online Safety Applications with Children. Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’18). Montréal, Canada. April 21-26, 2018. [26 percent acceptance rate]. Summary blog post

C.5           Vitak, J., Liao, Y., Kumar, P., & Subramaniam, M. (2018). Librarians as Information Intermediaries: Navigating Tensions Between Being Helpful and Being Liable. Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Conference on Information (iConference 2018). Sheffield, UK. March 25-28, 2018. [30 percent acceptance rate]

C.4           Vitak, J., Liao, Y., Kumar, P., Zimmer, M., & Kritikos, K., (2018). Privacy Attitudes and Data Valuation Among Fitness Tracker Users. Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Conference on Information (iConference 2018). Sheffield, UK. March 25-28, 2018. [30 percent acceptance rate] Finalist, Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper

C.3           Kumar, P. (2016). Privacy Policies and Their Lack of Clear Disclosure Regarding the Life Cycle of User Information. 2016 AAAI Fall Symposium Series: Privacy and Language Technologies. Arlington, VA, November 17-19, 2016. [PDF] Ranking Digital Rights blog post.

C.2           Ammari, T., Kumar, P., Lampe, C., and Schoenebeck, S. (2015). Managing Children’s Online Identities: How Parents Decide what to Disclose about their Children Online. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15). Seoul, South Korea. April 18-23, 2015. [23 percent acceptance rate]. Time article

C.1           Kumar, P. and Schoenebeck, S. (2015). The Modern Day Baby Book: Enacting Good Mothering and Stewarding Privacy on Facebook. Proceedings of the 18th Annual ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’15). Vancouver, Canada. March 14-18, 2015. [28 percent acceptance rate] Slate article | Brooklyn Quarterly article.

 

Book Chapters

BC.2          Kumar, P.C. (2020). The Unavoidable Place: How Parents Manage the Socially Mediated Visibility of Their Young Children. In A.N. Markham & K. Tiidenberg (Eds.), Metaphors of Internet: Ways of Being in the Age of Ubiquity (pp. 107-111). Peter Lang.

BC.1          Kumar, P., Prasad, R, & Maréchal, N. (2017). Progress & Peril: The Role of ICT Companies in Promoting and Curtailing Human Rights. In M.G. Villareal (Ed.), Human Rights and Technology: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (pp. 189-214). United Nations University for Peace. [PDF]

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers (Non-Proceedings)

CP.8          Vitak, J., Kumar, P.C., Liao, Y., & Zimmer, M. (2020). Feature Creep or Just Plain Creepy? How Advances in ‘Smart’ Technologies Affect Attitudes Toward Data Privacy. Paper presented at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA’20), Gold Coast, Australia. [44 percent acceptance rate]

CP.7          Liao, Y., Mols, A., Vitak, J., Zimmer, M., Trottier, D., Kumar, P.C., & Pridmore, J. (2020). When Does Data Collection and Use Become a Matter of Concern? A Cross Cultural Comparison of American and Dutch People’s Privacy Attitudes. Paper presented at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA’20), Gold Coast, Australia. [44 percent acceptance rate]

CP.6          Kumar, P., Schoenebeck, S., Vitak, J. (2018). Enacting Fetal Ultrasound Online. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR’18), Montréal, Canada, October 10-13, 2018. [46 percent acceptance rate]

CP.5          Zimmer, M., Kritikos, K.C., Vitak, J., Kumar, P., & Liao, Y. (2018). Privacy Boundaries and Information Flow Solipsism in the Personal Fitness Information Ecosystem. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR’18), Montreal, Canada, October 10-13, 2018. [46 percent acceptance rate]

CP.4          Kumar, P. (2018). Emerging Norms and Privacy Implications of Parental Online Sharing: The Perspective of the STFU, Parents Blog. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA’18), Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018. [37 percent acceptance rate]. Top Student Paper, Communication and Technology division.

CP.3          Zimmer, M., Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Liao, Y., & Kritikos, K.C. (2018). There’s nothing really they can do with this information’: Unpacking How Users Manage Privacy Boundaries for Personal Fitness Information. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA’18), Prague, Czech Republic. May 24-28, 2018. [37 percent acceptance rate]

CP.2          Vitak, J., Liao, Y., & Kumar, P. (2018). How Communication Technologies Introduce Privacy Turbulence in Families During Late Adolescence. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA’18), Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018. [37 percent acceptance rate]

CP.1          Kumar, P. (2017, September 11-15). Privacy Concerns and Emergent Norms of Parental Sharing of Information About Children Online. Paper presented at the Digitising Early Childhood Conference. Perth, Australia.

 

Workshop Papers (Lightly Reviewed)

W.11           Kumar, P.C. (2019, May 4) A Post-Humanist Take on Surveillance Capitalism [Paper]. CHI 2019 workshop on Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Exploring the Intersection of Philosophy and HCI, Glasgow, Scotland, May 4, 2019.

W.10           Kumar, P., (2019, March 30). The Enactment of Children’s Digital Identities [Abstract]. iConference 2019 Doctoral Colloquium, Washington, D.C..

W.9            Kumar, P. (2018, November 4). The Contextual Integrity Framework as an Educational Tool [Paper]. CSCW 2018 workshop on Privacy in Context: Critically Engaging with Theory to Guide Privacy Research and Design, Jersey City, NJ.

W.8          Kumar, P., (2018, October 10). The Enactment of Children’s Digital Identities [Abstract]. AoIR 2018 Doctoral Colloquium, Montréal, Canada.

W.7            Kumar, P. (2018, September 13-14). Contextual Integrity as a Conceptual, Analytic, and Educational Tool for Research [Paper]. Symposium on Applications of Contextual Integrity (PrivaCI), Princeton, NJ.

W.6            Zimmer, M., Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Liao, Y., & Kritikos, K.C. (2018, May 17-18). ‘Fitness Stuff is for Me, Not for Everybody Else’: Unpacking How Fitness Tracker Users Manage Privacy Boundaries for Personal Fitness Information [Abstract]. 15th Annual Information Ethics Roundtable (IER’18), Copenhagen, Denmark.

W.5            Kumar, P., (2018, April 16-20). Parental Online Sharing and the Construction of Children’s Digital Identities [Abstract]. Graduate seminar on Digital Media Ethnography: Concepts, Ethics, and Methods, Aarhus, Denmark.

W.4           Kumar, P., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L, & Vitak, J. (2017, October 28). Helping Elementary School-Aged Children Learn About Privacy and Security Online [Abstract]. ASIS&T SIG InfoLearn workshop: Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus, Crystal City, VA.

W.3           Liao, Y., Kumar, P., Vitak, J., & Subramaniam, M. (2017, October 28). Enhancing Digital Privacy and Security Skills for Low-Socioeconomic Families: Resources for Librarians and Patrons [Abstract]. ASIS&T SIG InfoLearn workshop: Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus, Crystal City, VA.

W.2           Kumar, P. (2016, May 7). Ranking Digital Rights: Pushing ICT Companies to Respect Users’ Privacy [Paper]. CHI 2016 workshop on Bridging the Gap Between Privacy by Design and Privacy in Practice, San Jose, CA.

W.1           Kumar, P. and Schoenebeck, S. (2015, March 14-15). Helping Parents Manage Their Children’s Digital Footprints [Paper] CSCW 2015 workshop on The Future of Networked Privacy: Challenges and Opportunities, Vancouver, Canada.

 

Reports

R.5           Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Bonsignore, E., Chetty, M., Clegg, T., & Wisniewski, P. (2018) SOUPS 2018 Workshop Report: Designing Privacy and Security Tools for Children and Teenagers. Privacy Education and Research Lab (PEARL), University of Maryland, College Park. [PDF]

R.4           MacKinnon, R., Maréchal, N., & Kumar, P. (2016). Corporate Accountability for a Free and Open Internet. (Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series, No. 45). Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). | Ranking Digital Rights blog post.

R.3           Kumar, P. (2016). Ranking Digital Rights Findings on Transparency Reporting and Companies’ Terms of Service Enforcement. Ranking Digital Rights.

R.2            Kumar, P., Youngman, M., Fernandes, S., and Pal, J. (2014). Culture in a Connected World: Exploring the Work of Digital Observatories. Report for the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Information Technology (MinTIC), Government of Colombia. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan School of Information. [Also available in Spanish]

R.1            Budish, R., with contributions from Kumar, P. (2013). Just in Time Censorship: Targeted Internet Filtering During Iran’s 2013 Elections. In U. Gasser, R. Faris, & R. H. Jones (Eds.), Internet Monitor 2013: Reflections on the Digital World (pp. 32-33). Cambridge, MA: Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

 

Invited Talks

T.14          Datafication and Privacy Concerns Surrounding the Use of Wearable Fitness Trackers [Presentation]. Symposium on Data Min(d)ing: Privacy and Our Digital Identities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., October 22, 2018. Video on YouTube (Minute 15:45)

T.13          ‘No Telling Passcodes Out Because They’re Private’: Understanding Children’s Mental Models of Privacy and Security Online [Presentation]. Workshop on Applications of Contextual Integrity, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, December 11, 2017.

T.12          Young Children’s Contextual Understanding of Online Privacy and Security [Presentation]. InfoSocial 2017. Northwestern University, April 7-8, 2017.

T.11          The United States of Data: The New Knowledge Trust [Panel discussion] Techonomy ’16, Half Moon Bay, CA, November 10, 2016.

T.10          The Business Case for Encryption: Why Privacy and Data Rights Matter [Panel discussion]. Personal Democracy Forum, New York, NY, June 10, 2016.

T.9          Protest, Privacy, and the Private Sector [Panel discussion]. RightsCon 2016, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 1, 2016.

T.8           Assessing Terms of Service Compliance with Human Rights Standards [Panel discussion]. RightsCon 2016, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 1, 2016.

T.7          Big Data Breaches: The Tipping Point for Trust? [Panel discussion] RightsCon 2016, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 1, 2016. Video on YouTube.

T.6          Digital Rights [Panel discussion]. The Media Consortium Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, February 18, 2016.

T.5           Data Storytelling Bootcamp [Presentation]. A2 DataDive, University of Michigan School of Information, January 28, 2015.

T.4          Understanding Rights: Explaining Terms of Service Complexity to Increase Accessibility and Transparency [Panel discussion]. International Conference on Human Rights in the Digital Environment: Perspectives on Online Terms of Service. Center for Technology and Society, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 3, 2014.

T.3           How New Mothers Decide to Share Baby Pictures Online [Poster]. iSchool Research Invitational, Rutgers University, October 17-18, 2014.

T.2           A2 DataDive: Data Storytelling for Nonprofits [Poster]. Tapestry Conference on Data Storytelling, Annapolis, Md., February 26, 2014.

T.1          A Paradox with Penalties: Why Media Organizations Must Address Self-Plagiarism [Presentation]. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Annual Conference, Hope College, March 22, 2013.

 

Campus Talks

CT.15         A Post-Humanist Response to Surveillance Capitalism, or, Why Privacy is the Answer [Invited presentation]. 12th Annual Graduate Student Physical Cultural Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, April 12, 2019.

CT.14          Privacy and Security Considerations for Digital Technology Use in Elementary Schools [Presentation]. 36th Annual Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, April 4, 2019.

CT.13          Enacting Fetal Ultrasound Online [Presentation]. Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) Speaker Series, University of Maryland, College Park, February 5, 2019.

CT.12          The Problem with Pumpkin Spice Feminism [Guest lecture]. INST 466: Technology, Culture & Society,, University of Maryland, College Park, October 2, 2018.

CT.11          The Fetus Multiple: Enacting Prenatal Ultrasound [Invited presentation]. 11th Annual Graduate Student Physical Cultural Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, April 27, 2018.

CT.10          STFU Parents and Emerging Norms of Parental Online Sharing [Invited presentation]. Graduate Research Appreciation Day, University of Maryland, College Park, April 4, 2018.

CT.9          Staying Safe Online: Kids Edition [Presentation]. 34th Annual Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, May 25, 2017.

CT.8          Self-Tracking, Wearable Devices, and Privacy: How Users of Fitness Trackers Conceptualize The Body [Invited presentation]. 10th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, April 28, 2017.

CT.7          Staying Safe Online: Kids Edition [Invited presentation]. Graduate Research Appreciation Day, University of Maryland, College Park, April 5, 2017. First place in the Culture Category.

CT.6           Corporate Privacy Policy Changes during PRISM and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism [Presentation]. Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) Speaker Series, University of Maryland, College Park, March 28, 2017.

CT.5           The Problem with Privacy Policies [Poster]. iSchool Research Showcase, University of Maryland, College Park, March 3, 2017.

CT.4          Privacy Policies and Their Lack of Clear Disclosure Regarding the Life Cycle of User Information [Presentation]. Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) Speaker Series, University of Maryland, College Park, November 15, 2016.

CT.3           A Digital Footprint at Birth: Considerations of New Mothers Sharing Baby Pictures Online [Poster]. ExpoSItion, University of Michigan School of Information, March 24, 2014.

CT.2           A2 DataDive: An Open Hackathon [Invited presentation]. Open Access Week Lightning Talks, University of Michigan, October 24, 2013.

CT.1           Self-Plagiarism: Why Copying and Pasting Your Own Work is Wrong [Invited presentation]. Quasi-con Unconference, ALA Student Chapter, University of Michigan School of Information, February 2, 2013.

 

Theses

Kumar, P. (2014).  “A Digital Footprint From Birth: New Mothers’ Decisions to Share Baby Pictures Online,” Master’s thesis, University of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Chisholm, V., Chow, N., Fei, S., Finder, J., Gan, S., Hosseinipour, N., Kumar, P., and Wilson, A. (2009). “Crossing the cultural divide: assessing the needs of a local immigrant community.” Undergraduate thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. [Authors listed in alphabetical order.]

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