Examining the Landscape of Digital Security and Privacy Assistance for Racial Minority Groups

Nikita Samarin, PhD Student, EECS, UC Berkeley
Moses Namara, PhD Student, Clemson University
Joanne Ma, Graduate Student, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Aparna (Abby) Krishnan, Undergraduate Student, University of Texas at Austin

Recent events have placed a renewed focus on the issue of racial justice in the United States and other countries. One dimension of this issue that has received considerable attention is the security and privacy threats and vulnerabilities faced by communities of color. This project aims to combine insights about elevated computer security and privacy risks faced by Black communities in the United States with research on improving end-user security and privacy behaviors through direct assistance and education. In particular, we will focus on community-level security advocates who raise awareness about threats to digital safety among members of their local communities and provide actionable mitigation strategies against those threats. Through interviews with security advocates, we plan to identify, categorize, and evaluate the practices for educating members of Black communities in the United States about threats to their security and privacy.