Disputation: Johanna Johansen

Doctoral candidate Johanna Johansen at the Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, is defending the thesis Towards Making Privacy Usable for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor.

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The PhD defence and trial lecture will be fully digital and streamed directly using Zoom. The host of the session will moderate the technicalities while the chair of the defence will moderate the disputation.

Ex auditorio questions: the chair of the defence will invite the audience to ask ex auditorio questions either written or oral. This can be requested by clicking 'Participants -> Raise hand'. 

Trial lecture

  • Tuesday 7 June 2022, 11:15, in Zoom
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  • Title: "Challenges and approaches for fairness in AI"

Main research findings

Privacy is a human right and an essential prerequisite for protecting fundamental human values, such as dignity and autonomy. However, people have difficulty understanding how their privacy is affected by the current practices in the technological world and are often unaware of its value and the implications of its loss.

The complexity of the privacy concept as such and of digital data and technology makes it difficult for one to evaluate the privacy properties of a specific piece of technology. The difficulty is not only for average people, but also for regulators when checking for compliance with privacy regulations such as GDPR and for developers when implementing privacy-aware digital services.

The present thesis addresses this challenge by proposing a way to measure the usability of privacy in order to make it easy for users to understand how well their privacy is respected by a company or product. For conveying the privacy implications in an accessible manner, we develop the concept of Privacy Labels using a multidisciplinary approach involving also other stakeholders such as businesses, programmers, and lawyers.

Adjudication committee:

  • Docent Sebastian Pape, Goethe University Frankfurt, Faculty of Science and Mathematics

  • Professor Emerita Louise Yngström, Stockholm University, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences

  • Professor Martin Steffen, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway


  • Professor Olaf Owe, Department of Informatics, UiO
  • Professor Tore Pedersen, Department of psychology, Bjørknes University College
  • Professor Simone Fischer-Hübner, Computer science, Karlstad Universit
  • Senior Researcher Amela Karahasanovic, SINTEF AS 
  • Associate Professor Frank Kraemer, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Chair of defence

Professor Petter Nielsen, Department of Informatics, UiO


Contact information to Department: Pernille Adine Nordby 

Published May 20, 2022 1:41 PM - Last modified June 3, 2022 11:24 AM