Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor in Communication, Popular Culture & Film at Brock University. Her research explores the tensions between openness, privacy, and participation in technologically mediated culture.
Some of Dr. Smith’s research has focused on privacy and digital literacy and her work has been funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, MITACS, and Mozilla.
Dr. Smith is also currently a collaborator on The eQuality Project, to examine issues such as privacy and cyberbullying which face youth. Karen’s research is published in venues including the International Journal of Communication, Surveillance & Society and Computer Supported Cooperative Work.