The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has received a $300,000, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a Privacy Research and Data Responsibility Research Coordination Network (RCN).FPF is building a community of academic researchers and industry leaders who are interested in advancing the privacy research agenda to address practical questions through empirical research. The mission of RCN is to strengthen relationships between the academic and industry communities. Through this program, we are facilitating research collaborations and providing a high profile platform for researchers to impact the privacy debate. The RCN is focusing it’s priorities on three key topics identified in the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) including increasing transparency of data collection, sharing, use and retention; ensuring that information flows and use are consistent with privacy rules; and reducing privacy risks of analytical algorithms.
The NSF grant provides FPF with the necessary support to launch and regularly convene the RCN, drawing on its relationships with industry chief privacy officers, academic researchers, regulators, lawyers, social scientists, civil rights advocates, social philanthropists, and government actors, to facilitate communication and sharing of information and ideas. The RCN will prompt industry action and advocate for privacy-aware approaches to collecting and processing personal information in a manner that respects individual privacy, equality and fairness.
As a member of the RCN community, you will have ongoing opportunities to collaborate with and learn from your peers through resources such as:
- Virtual and in-person knowledge sharing sessions
- Regularly published “Privacy Scholarship Research Reporter”, highlighting the latest academic privacy research
- An online directory to help facilitate networking
- Opportunities for industry-academic collaboration including data sharing, research and internships.
“The overarching goal of the National Privacy Research Strategy is to produce knowledge and technology that will enable individuals, commercial entities, and the government to benefit from transformative technological advancements, enhance opportunities for innovation, and provide meaningful protections for personal information and individual privacy,” said Jules Polonetsky, FPF’s CEO. “At a time when industry actors are the custodians of a wide range of consumer data, bringing together corporate, academic, and advocacy constituents is critical to making practical privacy progress.”