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Heidi Hartikainen, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher

INTERACT research group

Department of Information Processing Science

University of Oulu


Contact Information


Room: TS3135


About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the faculty of information technology and electrical engineering. I am a part of the Interact research unit. I have previously completed my master (2007) and my licentiate (2013) at Lulea University of Technology in Sweden, in the area of information security. I did my PhD project here in Oulu focusing on web 2.0, social media, and children's online safety. I defended my PhD thesis in december 2017.

Currently I am studying at FabAcademy and working on a project concerning children as technology makers and shapers. The project aims to empower children through technology making and designerly thinking in education to become better prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and to develop new tools in cooperation with schools and the educational sector for educating children in technology making and designerly thinking.

I also participate in teaching. I assist courses such as Introduction to Information processing science, Information systems in organisations, Introduction to Research Work, Information Systems Planning and Introduction to Software Business.

Research interests:

  • Children and teenagers as IT/Internet users
  • Qualitative research
  • Digital fabrication / Maker movement
  • Social media and web 2.0
    • Social networks, instant messaging, content creation, virtual worlds (gaming and social)
    • Facebook,, WhatsApp, Instagram, Youtube, SecondLife, WoW etc.
  • Online safety and Information security
    • Threats to online safety
      • Content threats (e.g. spam, violence),
      • Contact threats (e.g, bullying, grooming),
      • Conduct threats (e.g. illegal file sharing)
      • Computer threats (e.g. malware, phishing)
    • Online safety mediation
      • Industry mediation (e.g. content screening, privacy policies),
      • Technology (e.g. parental controls, adblockers),
      • Policies and educational efforts (e.g. KiVa koulu, Better internet for Children)
      • Social mediation by parents, teachers

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