Facebook is deeply committed to honoring people’s privacy in our products, policies, and services. Since we serve a diverse global community of users, living up to this commitment necessitates understanding people’s unique privacy needs around the world. This initiative seeks to establish a practical and scalable understanding of how to honor people’s privacy with consideration to the different contexts in which people experience and/or use our products. As such, we want to empower academic experts to broaden and deepen our collective knowledge of global privacy expectations and experiences.
Last year, we launched a similar research award opportunity in this space and received 147 proposals from 34 countries and 120 universities — awarding five winners. We are keen to continue this support for academics from across the social sciences and technical disciplines, including but not limited to disciplines such as anthropology, communications, computer science, economics, engineering, human-computer interaction, human factors, political science, social psychology, and sociology. Most notably, applications that are interdisciplinary and seek collaboration across fields are particularly welcome. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and those with expertise in specific countries, cultures, or vulnerable populations, including those that have not previously been examined in relation to privacy, are especially encouraged to apply. Research methodologies that use qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, and/or mixed method approaches are all welcome.
We aspire to use this increased understanding, in addition to separate advances in privacy-enhancing technologies and building tools to enhance transparency in fairness and privacy, to develop privacy-first products, inform inclusive privacy policies, and advance internal privacy practices with our diverse user base at the core of our work.
To foster further innovation in this area and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the aforementioned topics. We anticipate awarding a total of four to five awards, each in the $100,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift.