My research analyses how the technical architecture of the smartphone ecosystem may pose harm to its users, particularly their right to data protection and their ability to limits these harms.
My focus is currently our GreaseDroid system, a new architecture to fix dark patterns in apps easily through a community-based approach. It has recently been covered by IEEE Spectrum: https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/software/new-tool-strips-manipulative-dark-patterns-from-mobile-apps
Besides, I'm building TrackerControl, an app to expose hidden data flows in apps to end-users and regulatory bodies, and educate users about their legal rights. A user of the app has kindly created a video that explains how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulo1pVmGrLQ&t=218s
My work is part of my research group's ongoing efforts to develop more ethical technology.
Previously, I analysed the compliance of mobile apps with GDPR in my MSc thesis under the supervision of Professor Max van Kleek.
I studied mathematics and computer science in Aachen (Germany), Edinburgh, and Oxford.
Besides my studies, I have long been passionate about IT policy and involved in relevant student societies.
Political Influence of Online Platforms: YouTube’s Place in European Politics
Konrad Kollnig Yury Y. Kolotaev
In Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. International Relations. 2021.
Why Not Explain? Effects of Explanations on Human Perceptions of Autonomous Driving
Daniel Omeiza‚ Konrad Kollnig‚ Helena Webb‚ Marina Jirotka and Lars Kunze
In Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts. 2021.
A Fait Accompli? An Empirical Study into the Absence of Consent to Third−Party Tracking in Android Apps
Konrad Kollnig‚ Reuben Binns‚ Pierre Dewitte‚ Max Van Kleek‚ Ge Wang‚ Daniel Omeiza‚ Helena Webb and Nigel Shadbolt
In Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2021). 2021.