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[liberationtech] Ideas for MSc research into HCI, security tools, and privacy.

Bernard Tyers - ei8fdb ei8fdb at ei8fdb.org
Sat Sep 22 08:06:28 PDT 2012


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Hi All,

I am currently researching ideas for my masters in human computer systems thesis. I am a mobile telecoms engineer by profession, but am interested in HCI, tools that help maintain your security, secure communications, and privacy concerns.

There have been some interesting threads here that have brought up some interesting questions for me:
	∙ The thread discussing the usability of tools, such as cryptocat. How it was (originally) easy to use but may not have been as secure as possible. (NB: This is not a jab/poke at anybodies work, or an excuse to bring up any of the previous discussions about Cryptocat)
	∙ The perception of tools which are easy to use but may not be secure, eg. Viber, whereas other tools are seen as secure, 
	∙ There are no shortcuts to being secure.

I am developing some ideas at the moment, which are mainly around mobile, privacy, security, encryption tools, people's use of these tools (and why some people don't use them), how to present information such as  possible interference with Internet users  traffic.

I would be very interested to hear from anyone (on or off-list) who has any suggestions, "I'd love to know XYZ" questions, or projects that are currently on-going that may benefit from a MSc level research project into the intersecting topics mentioned above. I am open to discussing any ideas, so please let me know if you have an idea.

thanks in advance,
Bernard

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Bernard / bluboxthief / ei8fdb

IO91XM / www.ei8fdb.org

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