University of Maryland

Priya Kumar

PhD Student


Priya Kumar is a doctoral student at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, where she studies the intersection of families, technology use, and privacy. Her research has been referenced on NPR, Buzzfeed, Slate, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and Time. Before returning to Maryland, she worked on the Ranking Digital Rights project, which evaluates the world’s largest technology companies on their respect for users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy. Priya holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, where she designed her own curriculum in data storytelling. She also holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland in journalism and government & politics.


Kumar, P., Naik, S.M., Devkar, U.R., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., and Vitak, J. (2017). “‘No Telling Passcodes Out Because They’re Private’: Understanding Children’s Mental Models of Privacy and Security Online.” Proc. of ACM: Human-Computer Interaction, 1(2). (CSCW ’18 Online First)

Kumar, P. (2017). Corporate Privacy Policy Changes during PRISM and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism. Media and Communication, 5(1), 63-75.

Kumar, P. (2016). “Privacy Policies and Their Lack of Clear Disclosure Regarding the Life Cycle of User Information.” In Technical Report FS-16: AAAI Fall Symposium Series on Privacy and Language Technologies. Arlington, Virginia. November 17-19, 2016.

Ammari, T., Kumar, P., Lampe, C., and Schoenebeck, S.Y. (2015). “Managing Children’s Online Identities: How Parents Decide what to Disclose about their Children Online.” In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15). Seoul, South Korea. April 18-23, 2015.

Kumar, P. and Schoenebeck, S.Y. (2015). “The Modern Day Baby Book: Enacting Good Mothering and Stewarding Privacy on Facebook.” In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’15). Vancouver, Canada. March 14-18, 2015.

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