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Research Assistant

Martin Degeling

until April 2016 I was research assistant at IMTM, PhD Student at the University of Duisburg-Essen and co-opted member of the DFG post graduate program 1681 “Privatheit” at the university Passau. I have a M.Sc. in Applied Computer Science from the Ruhr-University Bochum and a certificate as a data protection specialist issued by Udis.

From 2016 to 2018 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the institut for software research at Carnegie Mellon University

Since 2018 I am working with the Horst-Görtz Institute for IT-Security.

Activities at IMTM

  • working with the data protection office of the the three universities Bochum, Duisburg-Essen and Dortmund
  • Tutoring and lecturing for different courses in applied computer science (e.g. Data Protection and Privacy, Groupware and Knowledgemanagement, Design of socio-technical Informationsystems)

Research and Work interest

My PhD-Thesis is a study about and discussion of profiling and online tracking techniques as they are used on the web. I researched the interest profile as it is created by google and created a browser plugin to obfuscate these profiles.
On a more general leven my interests are:

  • Data protection and informational self-determination on the border between law, usage and technology.
  • Privacy and transparency enhancing technologies especially on the web
  • CSCW and CSCL with a focus on participatory design.
  • Development of mobile and webapplications

Publications 2014-2017

Download PDF, view on Research Gate.

Veröffentlichungen 2014-2017

Das, Anu, Martin Degeling, Junjue Wang, Xiaoyou Wang, Mahadev Satyanarayanan, and Norman Sadeh. “A Privacy-Aware Infrastructure for Using Facial Recognition.” In Workshop The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security (CV-COPS 2017), 2017. Cite
Lentzsch, Christopher, Kai-Uwe Loser, Martin Degeling, and Alexander Nolte. “Integrating a Practice Perspective to Privacy by Design.” Vancouver, Canada, 2017. Cite
Pappachan, Primal, Martin Degeling, Roberto Yus, Anupam Das, Shikun Zhang, Sruti Bhagavatula, Pardis Emami Naeini, et al. “Towards Expressing Privacy Requirements in Smart Buildings.” Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2017. Cite
Degeling, Martin, and Bettina Berendt. “What Is Wrong about Robocops as Consultants? A Technology-Centric Critique of Predictive Policing.” AI & SOCIETY, May 22, 2017, 1–10. Cite
Naeini, Pardis Emami, Sruti Bhagavatula, Hana Habib, Martin Degeling, Lujo Bauer, Lorrie Cranor, and Norman Sadeh. “Privacy Expectations and Preferences in an IoT World.” In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2017). Santa Clara, CA: Usenix Association, 2017. Cite
Degeling, Martin, Julius Othmer, Andreas Weich, and Bianca Westermann, eds. Profile: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge. Digital Cultures. Germany: meson press, 2017. Cite Download
Degeling, Martin, Christopher Lentzsch, Alexander Nolte, Thomas Herrmann, and Kai-Uwe Loser. “Privacy by Socio-Technical Design - a Collaborative Approach for Privacy Friendly System Design.” In Workshop on Privacy in Collaborative & Social Computing. Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 2016. Cite
Degeling, Martin. “Online Profiling - Analyse und Intervention zum Schutz von Privatheit.” Dissertation, University of Duisburg-Essen, 2016. Cite
Degeling, Martin, and Thomas Herrmann. “Your Interests According to Google - A Profile-Centered Analysis for Obfuscation of Online Tracking Profiles.” ArXiv:1601.06371 [Cs], January 24, 2016. Cite Download Download
Püschel, Florian, and Martin Degeling. “Privatheit Und Quantifizierbarkeit: Zwei Einleitungen.” Mediale Kontrolle Unter Beobachtung 5, no. 1 (2016). Cite
Degeling, Martin. “Die Maske Aus Dem Datennebel -  Verschleierung Für Online Profiling (Poster).” Berlin, 2015. Cite
Degeling, Martin. “On The Vagueness Of Online Profiling.” Blockchain Workshops. Paris, France, 2015. Cite Download
Degeling, Martin. “Meet Your Online Tracking Profiles with TrickTrack.” Berlin, 2015. Cite Download
Degeling, Martin. “Googles Interessenprofiling.” Braunschweig, 2015. Cite Download
Loser, Kai-Uwe, and Martin Degeling. “Security and Privacy as Hygiene Factors of Developer Behavior in Small and Agile Teams.” In ICT and Society, edited by Kai Kimppa, Diane Whitehouse, Tiina Kuusela, and Jackie Phahlamohlaka, 255–65. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology 431. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014. Cite
Loser, Kai-Uwe, and Martin Degeling. “Security and Privacy as Hygiene Factors of Developer Behavior in Small and Agile Teams.” Turku, finland, 2014. and Privacy as Hygiene Factors of Developer Behavior in Small and Agile Teams -  Loser Degeling.pdf. Cite Download
Degeling, Martin. “Profiling, Prediction und Privatheit: Über das Verhältnis eines liberalen  Privatheitbegriffs zu neueren Techniken der Verhaltensvorhersage.” In Medien und Privatheit, edited by Simon Garnett, Stefan Halft, Matthias Herz, and Julia Maria Mönig, 69–92. Medien, Texte, Semiotik 7. Passau: Verlag Karl Stutz, 2014. Cite


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Martin Degeling

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