Do you ever find yourself frustrated with the amount of time you spend on social media and struggling to change your habits? Do you worry that your smartphone might be listening in on your conversations? Have you ever signed up for a service that provides features you value but comes with a catch?
The User Empowerment Lab is a research group in the Information School at the University of Washington that studies the love-hate relationships people have with the technologies they use. And we design new systems, apps, and interactions to help people feel empowered rather than exploited. Our current research areas are listed below.