Saying the winners of the 2021 Individuals’s Expectations and Experiences with Digital Privateness RFP

In August, Meta, formerly known as Facebook, launched the Call for Proposals (RFP) 2021 on people’s expectations and experiences with digital privacy. Today we announce the winners of this award.
VIEW RFPII In 2020, we launched a similar opportunity for research awards in this area. We have continued this support for academics from all social science and technical disciplines and given them the opportunity to expand and deepen our collective knowledge of global data protection expectations and experiences.

“Both this year’s and last year’s RFPs are about expanding research on two important topics for the advancement of data protection science: data protection measurement and integrative data protection,” said Liz Keneski, Head of Privacy Research at Meta, in a Q&A on the RFP .

The areas of interest this year included:

  • Improve understanding of users’ privacy settings, concerns, preferences, needs, behaviors and results
  • Novel assessments of digital transparency and control that matter to different populations, contexts, and types of data

The RFP attracted 89 proposals from 74 universities and institutions around the world. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a proposal and congratulations to the winners.

Research Award Winner

Unless otherwise noted, lead investigators are listed first.

Fixed bias in the measurement of self-reported data protection constructs
Heng Xu, Nan Zhang (American University, Washington, DC)

Design of digital data protection education interventions for older adults
Kaileigh Byrne, Bart Knijnenburg (Clemson University)

Examining privacy concerns and strategies for negotiating policies in smart homes
Chuan Yue (Colorado School of Mines)

Respecting the privacy of citizens of the South and managing targeted advertisements
Yang Wang (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Privacy policy and consumer searches for products and information
Pinar Yildirim, Yu Zhao (University of Pennsylvania), Pradeep Chintagunta (University of Chicago)

Understand the digital privacy of rural women in Bangladesh
Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (University of Toronto), Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen (Utah State University), Sharifa Sultana (Cornell University)

Understand the role of discrete emotions in data protection management
Hyunjin Kang (Nanyang Technological University), Jeeyun Oh (University of Texas at Austin)


Develop just-in-time privacy and education initiatives with and for teenagers
Pamela Wisniewski (University of Central Florida)

Develop tailored interventions to strengthen privacy control and resilience
Sophie Boerman, Joanna Strycharz (University of Amsterdam)

Data protection for digital payment systems (DPS) and user satisfaction in three countries
Raghav Rao, Oluwafemi Akanfe, Rohit Valecha (University of Texas at San Antonio)

Investigation of privacy concerns when tampering with online messaging systems
Matthew Louis Mauriello (University of Delaware)

Inclusive data protection design for vulnerable groups beyond WEIRD
Maryam Mustafa, Mobin Javed (Lahore University of Management Sciences)

Interactive Image Control: Addressing privacy concerns in public spaces
Maria D. Molina, Ruth Shillair (Michigan State University)

Data protection approaches to combat misinformation around the world
Aditya Vashistha (Cornell University)

The Socio-Economic and Cultural Influence: Young People’s Perception of Privacy
Kuskridho Ambardi, Adityo Hidayat, Anisa Pratita Kirana Mantovani, Dewa Ayu Diah Angendari, Faiz Rahman, Paska Bayu Darmawan (Gadjah Mada University / Center for Digital Society)

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