Privacy in Unusual Contexts: A Case Study of A Theater Company

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 5:00 pm5:30 pm

Maggie Oates, Carnegie Mellon University


From social media APIs to VR performance art, artists are collecting, generating, and transforming digital data. Give that one of art’s central projects throughout history is the disruption of social norms, this field poses unusual privacy challenges. Can privacy frameworks like contextual integrity even help us think about privacy norms for non-normative contexts? In addition, galleries, museums, production companies, and individual artists often operate as small businesses without substantive expertise in data security or privacy. I will present one case study (in progress) of a small theater company that faces privacy challenges during the development of an immersive theater piece involving audience data.

Maggie Oates, Carnegie Mellon University

Maggie Oates is a Societal Computing PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University interested in applying arts-based methods in computing research. She graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Computer Science and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for, a global nonprofit serving women in computing.

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@inproceedings {238154,
author = {Maggie Oates},
title = {Privacy in Unusual Contexts: A Case Study of A Theater Company},
booktitle = {2019 {USENIX} Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect ({PEPR} 19)},
year = {2019},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
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publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug