E2-Chat: A Web-Based End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Service; Framing Public Policy for Internet Data Privacy
Bevara, Saiteja, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Sun, Yixin, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia
Behl, Madhur, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia
Rogers, Hannah, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Foley, Rider, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
The technical project, E2-Chat, is a complete web-based end-to-end encrypted messaging platform. End-to-end encryption (E2EE) allows for the encryption of content during communication, such that content is only readable by communicating parties. E2EE services are especially relevant today as communication platforms such as social media messaging services are a large contributor to the growth of internet data. The majority of these messaging services do not offer E2EE, or are only mobile-based services which excludes those without smartphones from encrypted communication. E2-Chat implemented a completely web-based messaging service that allows users to communicate with others on the internet without fear of third parties accessing their messages.
The research paper discusses the issue of framing public policy for internet data privacy. There is currently a lack of comprehensive data privacy legislation in the United States. However, internet data as a technology is shaped by many social groups in individuals, companies, and governments. This paper analyzes how internet data is shaped by these social groups using the Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) framework. Then, the GDPR is analyzed from a SCOT lens as example legislation to understand how it affects each of the relevant social groups that interact with internet data. This analysis is used to discuss how the US can proceed in crafting data privacy legislation, and the likely direction of privacy moving forward.
BS (Bachelor of Science)
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Technical Advisor: Yixin Sun
Technical Advisor: Madhur Behl
STS Advisor: Hannah Rogers
STS Advisor: Rider Foley
Technical Team Members: Ashwin Pathi, Phillip Phan, Rithik Yelisetty