The Research Group “Frameworks for Data Markets” at the Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin examines data usage in the digital economy from legal, psychological and economic perspectives. The research focuses on the functioning of digital markets and the opportunities and risks of data trading.
Our research includes the multi-phase Privacy Icons Project which aims to visualize risk-prone aspects of personal data processing by means of icons. The goal is to enable users to make better informed and self-determined decisions about the disclosure and use of their data.
For this purpose, a qualitative content analysis of the General Data Protection Regulation has been carried out and currently interviews with experts are being conducted to further elaborate risks of data processing aspects. The next phases of the project will consist in the design, implementation and evaluation of the icons.
Specifically, we are looking for PhD students or more advanced researchers (junior/senior) from the fields of psychology or human factors with expertise in cognitive psychology, decision making, user interface design or UX, who would like to conduct research on these and similar questions and who would like to support the further phases of the Privacy Icons Project.
If that sounds interesting to you, you can now apply for a fellowship at the Weizenbaum Institute!