Privacy, Power, and Platforms: How to think about user privacy expectations online


Friday, February 17, 2023 - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Privacy, Power, and Platforms:  How to think about user privacy expectations online

Dr. Kirsten Martin gave a Privacy@Michigan keynote presentation on privacy expectations on online platforms. Standard approaches to privacy assume individuals relinquish privacy expectations when online or have focused on individuals in relation to a single company. Platforms, such as social media, marketplaces, search engines, etc, are unique in having duties beyond a standard company while also having access to the data of millions of individuals. Dr. Martin discussed how we need to think about platforms, particularly powerful platforms, as having an obligation to respect the privacy of their users and what that obligation actually entails.

Dr. Florian Schaub, Associate Professor of Information, School of Information, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, facilitated Q&A time after the keynote presentation.

This event was held in-person at Forum Hall, Palmer Commons and livestreamed.


Image of the keynote speaker, Dr. Kirsten Martin

Dr. Kirsten Martin

Director William P. and Hazel B. White Center, Professor of Technology Ethics, Professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations

Kirsten Martin is the William P. and Hazel B. White Center Professor of Technology Ethics and a professor of IT, analytics, and operations in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. A nationally recognized expert in privacy, technology, and business ethics, she is the director of the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center (ND TEC), where she hosts the podcast TEC Talks. Dr. Martin earned her B.S. Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and her MBA and Ph.D from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.