Corporate Transparency – Enabling Consumers Track and Vet their Data Usage (available)

Starting Date: June 2018
Duration: 8-10 Weeks
Time commitment: Full Time
Prerequisites: Computer Science Undergraduate Student, Enthusiasm and desire to be a problem solver.

Project Description

Data, primarily related to consumers is a crucial part of the modern tech-companies like Google, Facebook, Instagram, and non-tech-companies (superstores, insurance companies, etc.) alike have now started to rely heavily on consumer data for various commercial activities. Although the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enhances the rights of the consumers from a technical point of view very little has been done to empower consumers.

This project will build on the existing work carried out at ISG-SCC in the domain of data provenance and consumer data control, to develop a clear and concise platform that individual consumers can use to monitor how their data is being used. The platform will provide a transparent data management and usage feature, enabling organisations/corporations to be visible to their customers on how they are using individual’s data. The objective of corporate transparency is to: a) increase the consumer trust in data management practices of an organisation and b) ensuring that corporations will use the collected consumer data in a fair and transparent manner as per related data regulation (GDPR) and agreed in EULA between the corporation and consumers.

The respective UROP recipient will be pivotal in shaping the scope of this project and lead the research activities in collaboration with the ISG-SCC team.

Required Technical Skills

ISG-SCC value the enthusiasm and commitment significantly and considers technical skills as an acquirable skill during the internship. However, basic understanding and knowledge of web design, user interfaces and database design will be desirable.

What will you gain during UROP?

During this internship, the objective of the ISG-SCC is to make sure that you develop your independent research and development skills and enhance your skills on a) presenting the project’s progress, b) keeping in line with time management, b) research methods, c) technical writing skills for project outcomes and d) problem identification and solving.

ISG-SCC Track Record

ISG-SCC has successfully run the UROP for the last two years. The success of the previous two years has produced a patent application (under review by patent office) and commercial demo (MVP) under development, and five research papers. Corresponding undergraduate students are named as first authors on the papers and co-inventor on the patent application. Research papers by undergraduate students have won one ‘best student paper award’, featured in a news article on Medium and being pivotal for a World Economic Forum’s project for anti-corruption project. The ethos of ISG-SCC is that undergraduate students have the talent and imagination to sort out unique and innovative solutions. They just need guidance from established researchers, and this is what ISG-SCC will provide during the UROP.