Keywords:  Security Engineering and Design, Vulnerable Populations,

2018, 2019

Cybersecurity Toolkits for/of the Future: A Human-Centered Computing and Design Research Approach

James Pierce, Researcher/Assistant Professor of Design, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley|California College of the Arts
Richmond Wong, PhD Candidate, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Sarah Fox, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Communication and The Design Lab, UC San Diego
Nick Merrill, Research Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley

The cybersecurity toolkit—collections of digital tools, tutorials, tips, best practices, and other recommendations—has emerged as a popular approach for preventing and addressing cybersecurity threats and attacks. Often these toolkits are oriented toward vulnerable populations who have unique and pressing needs related to cybersecurity but may not have access to the resources of large governments, corporations, or other organizations. Many such tools are designed specifically for journalists, researchers, political activists, and certain minority groups such as refugees and LGBTQ youth. This project is concerned with studying this category of cybersecurity tools to inform the design and development of cybersecurity toolkits for both near-term and far-term futures. The project will adopt a mixed methodological approach rooted in human-computer interaction (HCI) and design.