James Rule, Lecturer

Closed (1) Research and graphics for book Taking Privacy Seriously

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Research assistance is needed locating and editing materials for a book on American privacy law. Special help is needed from someone with talent in graphics to prepare two tables and one chart for publication. The work will include internet searches and other library-based inquiries, including fact-checking. One aim of these searches will be to identify vivid personal stories of privacy-related experiences, such as embarrassments and misfortunes that befall people when their personal information is misused. Another main activity will be finding and documenting sources of media accounts and incidents involving privacy issues, so that they can be included in the book. Work on the book is in its final phase, with the complete manuscript promised to the publisher by the end of the fall semester.

The student apprentices will be responsible for final editing of an almost-finished book manuscript. Main responsibilities will include fact-checking, trolling the internet and other sources for anecdotes illustrating key points in the book, and preparation of two tables and one chart. Skills in graphics will be necessary for preparation of the tables and chart. Most work will be done at home or at the university library. All apprentices will be expected to attend a weekly meeting of one to two hours via Zoom with the project director, to discuss the apprentices' progress over the last week and plan for the next. , Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Familiarity with search engines and other library research skills are highly desirable. Talent in graphics is particularly sought in this period of final preparation of the manuscript for submission to the publisher.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Work can be done at home (via the internet); a few elements of it will need to be done at a research library. The weekly meeting will take place at at time to be decided, but it will be important for everyone to attend that meeting.

Related website: https://www.jamesbrule.net/