DIPO @ Google Zurich

On Tuesday, 9th of September, we visited Google in Zurich to present recent work we realized with the help of a Google Research Award. If you want to have a look at our slides: Here they are! We presented recent empirical work, our research and visualization tools and gained a lot of additional insights and positive feedback in following discussions.


The new DIPO research seminar starts today

Today starts our this year’s research seminar “Medien und Medialität: Privatsphäre und Nutzungsverhalten in sozialen Online-Netzwerken” at Goethe University. The first lecture takes place from 2 pm to 5 pm. Further lectures are scheduled for April 24, May 8, May 22, June 5, June 19, from 4 pm to 7 pm in room IG 1.401.

The seminar is an opportunity for students to get to know our project and involved researchers, to learn about our research methods and tools, and to contribute to the project by executing an own field study during the summer term.


At this year’s ACM CSCW conference in Baltimore we presented a poster on our research methodology and how we employ ROSE. We received a lot of supportive feedback.

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How peer groups manage privacy on Facebook and how single users manage their contacts

Currently our colleagues from Goethe University are running two user studies. In both studies we are making use of the new ROSE version. Laura explores group mechanisms within groups of Facebook users, while Andreas inquires friend management and sharing behavior in context. Continue reading »

ROSE 2 is coming

We haven’t published news from our ROSE development in the last months. Our former release date for ROSE’s next major version was September, but we postponed it to January 2014 after our developers Oliver and Sebastian proposed so many improvements. However, we think that it’s worth to wait! Continue reading »

From Google to DIPO

This is to announce a new team member or – more precisely – to re-introduce an old one in a new role: Andreas Kramm, who beforehand was a research assistant in our project, will be a full-time researcher for the next 10 months after he finished his internship at Google in Zurich. Continue reading »

DLF report: supporting privacy in software design

Last Saturday, the DLF (Deutschlandfunk, public broadcasting channel in Germany) published a report about our project featuring an interview with project team member Andreas Poller. The report is available in German on the DLF website.

Preparing next ROSE/Ivy release

While many colleagues are currently on vacation, our software developers Sebastian and Oliver spend much effort on preparing the next major version of ROSE. This will include a release of our analysis software Ivy.

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Fraunhofer Forschung Kompakt: „Effective privacy protection in social networks“

In the June issue of the Fraunhofer research newsletter for customers and journalists, research team member Andreas Poller explains the major goals of the DIPO project: Continue reading »

Brainstorming research questions for our seminar

Challenging task for the students in our research seminar: finding a research question to investigate in a small qualitative study. However, they accomplished well, and collected more than 10 interesting aspects of using social networks – all worth to investigate. Continue reading »