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Understanding Privacy-Related Questions on Stack Overflow

Mohammad Tahaei, Kami Vaniea, Naomi Saphra
2020 Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  
We analyse Stack Overflow (SO) to understand challenges and confusions developers face while dealing with privacy-related topics.  ...  Identified topics include privacy policies, privacy concerns, access control, and version changes. Results show that developers do ask SO for support on privacy-related issues.  ...  Stack Overflow [69] (SO) is one of the largest developer Q&A platforms and defines itself as "an open community for anyone that codes."  ... 
doi:10.1145/3313831.3376768 dblp:conf/chi/TahaeiVS20 fatcat:vmvjv7yeqvdftfrsbvz3dzrydq

Understanding Privacy-Related Advice on Stack Overflow

Mohammad Tahaei, Tianshi Li, Kami Vaniea
2022 Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies  
We qualitatively analyzed 119 privacy-related accepted answers on Stack Overflow from the past five years and extracted 148 pieces of advice from these answers.  ...  In this work, we look at the types of privacy-related advice developers give each other and how that advice maps to Hoepman's privacy design strategies.  ...  In this paper, we present an analysis of privacyrelated posts on Stack Overflow using a new angle: focusing on the accepted answers to privacy-related questions on Stack Overflow.  ... 
doi:10.2478/popets-2022-0038 fatcat:4fkhpppsqvax5my2ke64w6veti

Human Values Violations in Stack Overflow: An Exploratory Study [article]

Sara Krishtul, Mojtaba Shahin, Humphrey O. Obie, Hourieh Khalajzadeh, Fan Gai, Ali Rezaei Nasab, John Grundy
2022 arXiv   pre-print
As comments under posts are often used to point out the possible issues and weaknesses of the posts, we analyzed 2000 Stack Overflow comments and their corresponding posts (1980 unique questions or answers  ...  ) to identify the types of human values violations and the reactions of Stack Overflow users to such violations.  ...  [45] analysed 100,000 questions from Stack Overflow to understand developer interactions on the platform.  ... 
arXiv:2203.10551v1 fatcat:xtyopwi5lnh4vmsgvjeavy3xou

You Get Where You're Looking for: The Impact of Information Sources on Code Security

Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes, Sascha Fahl, Doowon Kim, Michelle L. Mazurek, Christian Stransky
2016 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP)  
The participants were assigned to one of four conditions: free choice of resources, Stack Overflow only, official Android documentation only, or books only.  ...  Android documentation produced significantly less functional code than those using Stack Overflow.  ...  This work was supported in part by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) through funding for the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA), and by the U.S.  ... 
doi:10.1109/sp.2016.25 dblp:conf/sp/AcarBFKMS16 fatcat:bqranncibjgp3h53ez4q7bb4xa

An investigation of security conversations in stack overflow

Tamara Lopez, Thein T. Tun, Arosha Bandara, Mark Levine, Bashar Nuseibeh, Helen Sharp
2018 Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Security Awareness from Design to Deployment - SEAD '18  
Using qualitative methods, a set of questions within the security channel of Stack Overflow were selected and examined for themes.  ...  Developers turn to Stack Overflow and other on-line sources to find solutions to security problems, but little is known about how they engage with and guide one another in these environments or the perceptions  ...  The top 20 security-related questions in Stack Overflow are dominated by issues about password handling, user authentication and SQL (see Figure 1 ).  ... 
doi:10.1145/3194707.3194713 dblp:conf/icse/LopezTBLNS18 fatcat:rg6fupajznfjnpmc7gqt5szwmy

Embedding Privacy Into Design Through Software Developers: Challenges Solutions [article]

Mohammad Tahaei, Kami Vaniea, Awais Rashid
2022 arXiv   pre-print
We discuss the challenges with the successful integration of privacy features and propose solutions for stakeholders to help developers perform privacy-related tasks.  ...  To make privacy a first-class citizen in software, we argue for equipping developers with usable tools, as well as providing support from organizations, educators, and regulators.  ...  Secure software development by the masses (EPSRC: EP/P011799/2), and REPHRAIN: UK's National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (EPSRC: EP/V011189/1).  ... 
arXiv:2208.11898v1 fatcat:pjhr5v6rufagjo2rdjpmo5tgde

An Anatomy of Security Conversations in Stack Overflow

Tamara Lopez, Thein Tun, Arosha Bandara, Levine Mark, Bashar Nuseibeh, Helen Sharp
2019 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Society (ICSE-SEIS)  
This paper examines how secure coding practice is supported on Stack Overflow.  ...  As software-intensive digital systems become an integral part of modern life, ensuring that these systems are developed to satisfy security and privacy requirements is an increasingly important societal  ...  Taking an ethnographic approach [11] , the study asks: How do developers on Stack Overflow engage with one another when dealing with issues related to security? II.  ... 
doi:10.1109/icse-seis.2019.00012 dblp:conf/icse/LopezTBLNS19 fatcat:qd33x2euk5ci7nqcdqvxokifhq

Broken External Links on Stack Overflow [article]

Jiakun Liu, Xin Xia, David Lo, Haoxiang Zhang, Ying Zou, Ahmed E. Hassan, Shanping Li
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Based on our analysis of the Stack Overflow data that was released on Jun. 2, 2019, 14.2% of the links on Stack Overflow are broken links.  ...  The broken links on Stack Overflow can obstruct viewers from obtaining desired programming-related knowledge, and potentially damage the reputation of the Stack Overflow as viewers might regard the posts  ...  By doing so, we can better understand whether the broken links on Stack Overflow is time-related. Figure 2 ).  ... 
arXiv:2010.04892v1 fatcat:y7onhmnfzfaora5ujmtdjkgi3a

Smart Contract Development from the Perspective of Developers: Topics and Issues Discussed on Social Media [article]

Afiya Ayman, Shanto Roy, Amin Alipour, Aron Laszka
2020 arXiv   pre-print
To address this gap, we study smart-contract developers and their discussions on two social media sites, Stack Exchange and Medium.  ...  One of the key features of these platforms is the trustworthy decentralized execution of general-purpose computation in the form of smart contracts, which are envisioned to have a wide range of applications  ...  (dash-dotted green) related questions posted on Stack Overflow each month.  ... 
arXiv:1905.08833v2 fatcat:r2enpuxykzgndcf74ci2fr4uoq

How Developers Talk About Personal Data and What It Means for User Privacy

Tianshi Li, Elizabeth Louie, Laura Dabbish, Jason I. Hong
2021 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction  
discussions on privacy issues or mentioned risky data practices.  ...  We started with bottom-up open coding on the sampled posts to develop a typology of discussions about personal data use and conducted follow-up analyses to understand what types of posts elicited in-depth  ...  [31] analyzed questions and answers on the developer Q&A forum Stack Overflow that mentioned "privacy" in the title or tags, and then identified related topics such as privacy policies, access control  ... 
doi:10.1145/3432919 fatcat:rb2rmmn2xbhh3mylt32gk42wba

Cybersecurity Discussions in Stack Overflow: A Developer-Centred Analysis of Engagement and Self-Disclosure Behaviour [article]

Nicolás E. Díaz Ferreyra and Melina Vidoni and Maritta Heisel and Riccardo Scandariato
2022 arXiv   pre-print
Stack Overflow (SO) is a popular platform among developers seeking advice on various software-related topics, including privacy and security.  ...  Still, many of these questions (including cybersecurity-related ones) remain unanswered, putting the site's relevance and reputation into question.  ...  Stack Overflow (SO) [33] is among the largest Q&A platforms in which developers participate in discussions related to performance issues, bugs, and code workarounds [4] .  ... 
arXiv:2207.01529v1 fatcat:hrakgdymgvfc3i5eysftpht2aq

Blockchain in the Eyes of Developers [article]

He Jiang, Dong Liu, Zhilei Ren, Tao Zhang
2018 arXiv   pre-print
We detect 13 types of questions that developers post in Stack Overflow and identify 45 blockchain relevant entities (e.g., frameworks, libraries, or tools) for building blockchain applications.  ...  We find blockchain is a relatively new topic in Stack Overflow but it is rising to popularity.  ...  On the one hand, blockchain is an ongoing topic in Stack Overflow programming practice.  ... 
arXiv:1806.07080v1 fatcat:caffvinclnapdftcltz4c3hzxu

What Security Questions Do Developers Ask? A Large-Scale Study of Stack Overflow Posts

Xin-Li Yang, David Lo, Xin Xia, Zhi-Yuan Wan, Jian-Ling Sun
2016 Journal of Computer Science and Technology  
Security-related questions on Stack Overflow cover a wide range of topics.  ...  Extending prior work that investigates Stack Overflow topics, we conduct a large-scale study on topics covered by security-related questions on Stack Overflow.  ...  On Stack Overflow, security-related questions cover a wide range of topics.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s11390-016-1672-0 fatcat:j3csyc2kubg7hlqsbdl3icxhpm

Taking the Middle Path: Learning about Security Through Online Social Interaction

Tamara Lopez, Thein Tun, Arosha Bandara, Mark Levine, Bashar Nuseibeh, Helen Sharp
2019 IEEE Software  
This article recommends four strategies developers can use to maximise security in practice using online communities like Stack Overflow, including approaching security from within specific tasks, critically  ...  As software-intensive digital systems become an integral part of modern life, ensuring that these systems are developed to satisfy security and privacy requirements is an increasingly important societal  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENT We thank the users of Stack Overflow, and the developers who have participated in our field studies. Supported by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  ... 
doi:10.1109/ms.2019.2945300 fatcat:xufgfebwbzd3tpabiglk7btktu

Stack Overflow Considered Harmful? The Impact of Copy&Paste on Android Application Security [article]

Felix Fischer, Konstantin Böttinger, Huang Xiao, Christian Stransky, Yasemin Acar, Michael Backes, Sascha Fahl
2017 arXiv   pre-print
We answer this highly important question by quantifying the proliferation of security-related code snippets from Stack Overflow in Android applications available on Google Play.  ...  Hence, integrating a security-related code snippet from Stack Overflow into production software requires caution and expertise.  ...  This might impact the overall usability of Stack Overflow and we fully understand the decision for just one score for each post.  ... 
arXiv:1710.03135v1 fatcat:vmwooobi3rghpbxueykbadgfwm
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