Seda Gürses

Post-doctoral researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven

Visitor eHumanities Group from 1 April 2013

Seda Gürses is a post-doctoral researcher at COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography), in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the KU Leuven.

Since 2012, she has been working on an empirical study on privacy research paradigms. This study aspires to understand and analyze the assumptions and methods that inform prominent strands of privacy research in computer science. As part of this greater research project, Seda has conducted interviews with numerous computer scientists on the worldviews that inform their privacy research. During her stay at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam she plans to collaborate with Sally Wyatt and the e-Humanities group on analyzing these interviews from an STS perspective.

Seda received her Master degree in Computer Science at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), and her PhD at the Department of Computer Science of the KU Leuven. Her research interests are topics at the crossing of privacy technologies, surveillance studies and requirements engineering. She is currently also the coordinator of the project SPION (Security and Privacy in Online Social Networks), funded by the Agency for Innovation in Science and Technology (IWT). The objective of the project is to explore interdisciplinary approaches to addressing privacy and security issues in online social networks while being aware of processes of user responsibilization. This project brings together seven research groups in computer science, engineering, law, media studies, economics, and educational sciences, situated in the KU Leuven, the University of Ghent, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Carnegie Mellon University.

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