Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman

Steven Zimmerman is a PhD student focusing on the development of methods to address ethical concerns in information retrieval (IR) systems such as internet search platforms.    He is particularly interested in understanding impacts on users in search systems that attempt to address some of the problems in the current era of technology.  Privacy, surveillance, misinformation and toxic speech are regular topics in the media and these are topics he is working on.   
 
He is currently investigating health search as it is a topic that is considered by many to be very private.  Health search also has the added challenge of concerns around misinformation, in that wrong information can result in unhealthy outcomes.  It is important to understand how outcomes shift when addressing concerns around privacy, as such this is a key question of his research.  For more details of his research see “Privacy Nudging in Search: Investigating Potential Impacts” published at CHIIR 2019 and “Investigating the Interplay Between Searchers’ Privacy Concerns and Their Search Behavior” at the forthcoming SIGIR 2019.