Participatory Design Jams

A research study for designing group security controls

Participants of a design jam deliberating over which brainstormed ideas to move forward with.

As a volunteer in the SPUD lab at Georgia Tech, I researched security and privacy systems from a human-centered design lens.

In February 2020, my team conducted a research study to understand how people think about security and privacy when sharing digital resources with others (think sharing an Amazon Prime or Netflix account with friends) and how their idealized security and privacy settings might be designed.

To do this, we recruited 43 people to engage in design jams — a participatory design method whereby participants brainstorm and engender a design representation for an envisioned solution together. We analyzed the resulting prototypes and determined categories and trade-offs that users considered for group security solutions.

The paper has been submitted is currently under peer review.