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National Science Foundation

The United States is a world leader in technological innovation. However, as our technology has advanced, the need for cyber security experts has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, the U.S. lacks the cyber security workforce needed to manage many of the threats our society faces.

One method used to attract talented individuals to careers in cyber security has been the organization of cyber security competitions. Such contests aim to train the next generation of cyber security specialists using hands-on competition. Examining the overall effectiveness of cyber security competitions and expanding our understanding of the individuals who participate are keys to future success in cyber security recruitment.

Using a carefully constructed survey, the researchers will...

National Science Foundation

How can we be rule compliant and still innovate? The collection and analysis of human-centered and/ or data are governed by multiple sets of norms and regulations. Problems can arise when researchers are unaware of applicable rules, uninformed about their practical meaning and compatibility, and insufficiently skilled in implementing them. We are developing and delivering educational modules to address this issue.


Dec. 15, 2017

Whether you're a cybersecurity student, researcher, or professional, you are likely to confront difficult ethical dilemmas that can have significant implications. Equipped with skills like malware knowledge and hacking techniques, those in the field of cybersecurity have inside knowledge that can be powerful and potentially dangerous. There is a growing need to tether this power to an awareness of the complex web of potential consequences, critical ethical reasoning skills, and perhaps most importantly, a sense of social responsibility to ensure this power is used for the greater good.

To better prepare cybersecurity students to manage the heavy burden of responsibility that comes with access to information and technological skills, University of Illinois researchers, including iSchool Assistant Professor Masooda Bashir, are working to develop an academic curriculum focused specifically on cybersecurity ethics. A key goal is to get students to think through ethical...

Feb. 13, 2017

Master's students Jessica Colbert and Daniel Mills will be presenting workshops on behalf of the iSchool Queer Library Alliance at the 2017 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, and Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC 2017), which will be held February 17-19 at Navy Pier in Chicago. "United in Solidarity" is the theme of this year's conference, which marks the 25th anniversary of the MBLGTACC. 

Colbert and Mills will present a workshop designed to educate LGBT college students about online privacy inspired by the Library Freedom Project:

Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to address the problems of surveillance by making real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries....

Feb. 15, 2016

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will speak at two upcoming conferences on the topic of collection and use of digital social trace data. Her talks will address current issues in this research field, including privacy, ethics and regulations, and methodological issues related to data accuracy as well as considering the content of text data for advancing social network theory.

Diesner and Julian Chin (MS '12), a research assistant in the GSLIS Center for Digital Inclusion, will speak at a workshop on human-centered data science at the nineteenth annual Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). Hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery, CSCW will be held in San Francisco on February 27 - March 2. Diesner and Chin will present their paper, "Seeing the forest for the trees: considering applicable types of...

Jan. 19, 2016

Associate Professor Terry Weech and more than a dozen GSLIS students will travel to Lyon, France, next week to participate in the BOBCATSSS 2016 symposium, held January 27-29. BOBCATSSS is an international symposium under the auspices of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research) that brings together library and information science professionals, researchers, educators, and students.

Every year since 1993, LIS students from at least two European universities organize the symposium to address current issues in library and information science. Teams of students plan and manage the event as a part of their studies. BOBCATSSS is an acronym for the universities that initiated the symposium: Budapest, Oslo, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tampere, Stuttgart, Szombathely, and Sheffield.

GSLIS presentations include:

Thursday, January 28

Master’s student Emily Metcalf...

Jan. 8, 2016

Privacy, security, and trust have long been watchwords in the computer science and computer engineering fields. Generally, however, these groups don’t prioritize how those issues impact users of the technology they create. GSLIS Assistant Professor Masooda Bashir wants to change that. With a background in math, computer science, and psychology, she has long been interested in the human aspects of digital technology.

“Once information is digitized, the security of that information, not to mention its privacy and the trust in that information, becomes very important,” she said. “How do users think and feel about these issues? These are timely topics for an information school.”

Bashir is especially pleased to be affiliated with GSLIS. “Librarians have historically been at the forefront of protecting patron privacy, and guarding intellectual freedom,” she said. “That philosophy is very big in my outlook and my research, and I’m very pleased to be part of that great...

Nov. 2, 2015

GSLIS faculty and students will participate in the 78th Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, which will be held on November 6-10 in St. Louis. The ASIS&T Annual Meeting is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. This year’s theme is “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.”   

In addition to the following presentations, GSLIS will cosponsor the ASIS&T Alumni Reception on Tuesday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m.                                   


"Learning User-Defined, Domain-Specific Relations: A Situated...