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Mozilla Collusion

Collusion is a Firefox Add-on developed by Mozilla that once installed, allows you to visually see who is tracking you online. Data tracking is pervasive and for most folks, this is happening without their knowledge or consent. Mozilla not only wants you to know about it, they want you to know what you can do about it and why it matters. For a primer, see Mozilla's David Ascher's blog post about the goals of the Collusion project.

For the SIM Centre, the Mozilla Collusion partnership provides an exciting opportunity for students to take on a complex real-world design challenge with a strong public mandate. The project necessitates learning about privacy, data and security issues then driving design insight and visual directions to make the data visualizations more compelling and accessible. 

The design expertise and high level of student engagement is what brought Mozilla to Emily Carr. Mozilla Foundation CEO Ryan Merkley concurs, "The opportunity to partner on further design challenges, including our Collusion privacy project offer Mozilla a valuable source of design insight".

Beginning in the Fall of 2012, designers from Emily Carr's Interaction and Communications design program will be working on improvements to the visualization. Led by Associate Professor Amber Frid-Jimenez in collaboration with SIM Centre Project Manager Sandra Dametto, and Mozilla's Collusion lead developer Dethe Elza, the student design team includes Sabrina Ng, Joakim Sundal and Heather Tsang, plus an extended team at Mozilla that includes David Ascher, Ryan Merkley, Kate Hudson, Monica Chew, Atul Varma, Ashkan Soltani and Alex Fowler. We're thrilled to be working on such an amazing project with this group of people.

Our student team will be blogging weekly right here on to share the design process. To learn more about Collusion visit:




Welcome to SIM Centre

The Social + Interactive Media Centre is a new research centre that supports a wide range of applied social, interactive and design projects. Funded by a 5-year grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the centre offers BC companies a way to tap the design, creative and technical expertise of Emily Carr faculty and students.