Katie Shilton

Associate Professor

Former CASCI Director


Katie Shilton is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explores ethics and policy for the design of information collections, systems and technologies. Current projects include leading a multi-campus collaboration focused on big data research ethics; exploring privacy-sensitive search for email collections; analyzing ethical cultures in computer security research; and building tools to facilitate ethical discussions in mobile application development. Her work has been supported by a Google Faculty Award and multiple awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award. She is also a member of the Electronic Privacy and Information Center (EPIC) advisory board. Katie received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.

Research Interests

Social and ethical implications of emerging technologies; information policy; social values and technology design

Selected Publications

Shilton, K. (2017). Engaging values despite neutrality: challenges and approaches to values reflection during the design of internet infrastructure. Science, Technology, & Human Values. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243917714869

Greene, D., & Shilton, K. (2017). Platform privacies: Governance, collaboration, and the different meanings of “privacy” in iOS and Android development. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444817702397

Vitak, J., Shilton, K., & Ashktorab, Z. (2016). Beyond the Belmont principles: Ethical challenges, practices, and beliefs in the online data research community. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2016). San Francisco, CA: ACM.

Shilton, K., Koepfler, J. A., & Fleischmann, K. R. (2013). Charting sociotechnical dimensions of values for design research. The Information Society, 29(5), 259–271. https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2013.825357

Shilton, K. (2013). Values levers: Building ethics into design. Science, Technology & Human Values, 38(3), 374–397. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162243912436985