I study the societal impacts of digital technologies, with an emphasis on data privacy, consumer protection, and the governance and accountability of data-driven systems.
Much of my recent focus has been on dark pattern user interfaces. I have studied how they manifest in e-commerce websites, political campaign emails, and social media. I have also traced their past and outlined where they might be heading in the future.
I am also active in the technology policy scene. I recently participated in two public panels about dark patterns organized by Senator Warner's office and the Consumer Federation of America. The video recordings from those events are below.