Past Event

Elizabeth Watkins - Information Security Practices in the Future of Work

November 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Knox Hall (Room 501D), Columbia University, 606 West 122nd Street, New York

Event Description:

The Science, Knowledge, and Technology workshop (SKAT) gathers social scientists interested in how knowledge is created, distributed, drawn upon, and collectively understood. The workshop brings together diverse theoretical perspective and methodological approaches to social studies of SKAT. These include sociology of expertise, sociology of professions, organizational analysis, actor-network approaches, medical sociology, and science studies, among other approaches. In each meeting, a student or guest speaker presents their work briefly, followed by open discussion.

Event Speaker:

Elizabeth Watkins is a doctoral student at Columbia University. She studies the behavioral dimensions of data privacy and cybersecurity. She focuses on Future of Work settings, including gig-work platforms and in the deployment of AI. Her interviews and surveys examine how people talk about tools like PGP, encryption, and two-factor authentication, and how security works as a rhetorical tool in software development. She holds a BA from the University of California at Irvine, a Master of Science from MIT, and worked for four years as a researcher at Harvard Business School. She's now pursuing a PhD in Communications at Columbia University. She publishes across several fields, including Communications, Management, Science and Technology Studies, and Human-Computer Interaction. Venues for presenting her work include CHI, CSCW, ICA, 4S, and USENIX. Her written case studies published by Harvard Business School Publishing have been taught at HBS, the Yale School of Management, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. She's been cited in Harvard Business Review as well as Innovation Equity: Assessing and Managing the Monetary Value of New Products (University of Chicago Press 2016), and Social Media: Enduring Principles (Oxford University Press 2016).

Event Information:

If you wish to attend or receive the workshop paper, please contact Larry Au ([email protected]).

This event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.