As technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous in our lives, so has the assumption that everybody is a user. With over four billion people using the Internet, it can be easy to see where this assumption originates. But how much technology usage comes from that assumption itself? What role do platform designs and privacy laws play in encouraging use? Using Sally Wyatt’s theories of non-use as identities of refusal, resistance, expulsion, and exclusion, we study how individuals can practice their agency as non-users and the infrastructural implications of a user-specific world.

  • Jenny Lee's CCT thesis analyzes the use of Panopto at Georgetown Law Center, investigating how surveillance is integrated into workplaces to monitor highly empowered, educated, and privacy-aware employees. Forthcoming 2020.
  • Jones, Meg Leta, and Jenny Lee. “Comparing Consent to Cookies: A Case for Protecting Non-Use.” Cornell International Law Journal, forthcoming 2020.
  • Lee, Jenny. "The Google-DoubleClick Merger: Lessons From the Federal Trade Commission's Limitations on Protecting Privacy." Communication Law & Policy 21 (2020): 77-103. 
  • Jones, Meg Leta, Sydney Luken, Jonathan Healey. “My Terms of Service Button.” Privacy Design Forecast 2019, Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center.
Recent Events and Presentations
  • Jenny Lee presented "Comparing Consent to Cookies" on a panel dedicated to non-use at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), New Orleans (Sept 5, 2019)
  • Dr Jones presented "Comparing Consent to Cookies" coauthored at Cornell International Law Journal Symposium on Law’s New Frontier ­­– Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Online Expression (Mar 14-15, 2019)
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