The purpose of the Responsible End-User Licensing (REUL) lab is to perform research and inform consumers and businesses about end-user licensing agreements and related texts (EULAs). REUL Lab aims to be at the forefront of research on EULAs, addressing concerns in law, technology policy, ethics, human-computer interaction, and technical communication theory.
Through our research we:
- encourage responsible license-agreement practices in industry.
- increase consumer knowledge of EULAs.
- understand consumer interactions with EULAs.
- introduce undergraduates to team-based research projects using frameworks, including communication ethics, from the humanities.
Because EULAs implicate technical communication principles, students working with the lab learn technical communication theory and communication research methods, and they get hands-on practice with these principles working on the lab’s projects. Our current project used this work to prototype an application that parses EULAs and remixes its content to more sustainable chunks. Using input from students over the last two years, our prototype summarizes meaning to a more visual representation that we hope will facilitate user awareness of EULA content.
Student: Jay Jaganaath