Yaxing Yao

Ph.D. Candidate
337 Hinds Hall

I’m Yaxing, I’m now a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Information studies at Syracuse University. I identify myself as an HCI and usable privacy researcher. My research has been focusing on understanding how people use technologies especially in the context of online privacy and the Internet of Things privacy, their mental models and behaviors, what privacy implications do they have, then design and build systems to protect people’s privacy. In term of methods, I use both quantitative and qualitative methods, such as interviews, surveys, focus groups, etc., and system-oriented research method, such as lab study, usability test, etc. Recently I started to introduce two new perspectives in the traditional privacy research, first is the multi-stakeholder perspective, i.e., technology should consider the privacy of not only the users but also other stakeholders, such as the bystanders. Second is the design perspective. Drawing methodology from the design research, such as participatory design, speculative design, design fiction, etc., I aim to explore beyond individual users and look at, for example, how privacy mechanisms bring the technological, legal, and economic implications.