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Dr. Jennifer Golbeck is a pioneer in the field of social data analytics, online security, and privacy systems. The military, government, and business industry have been influenced by Jennifer's research.

As a research fellow of the Web Science Research Initiative, Jennifer focuses her studies on analyzing and computing with social media and creating usable privacy and security systems. Using her analytics, she is able to discover people’s hidden attributes from their online behavior.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Jennifer Golbeck began studying social media from the moment it emerged on the web a decade ago, and is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. Her research has influenced industry, government and the military.

She is a pioneer in the field of social data analytics, discovering people’s hidden attributes from their online behavior, and a leader in creating human-friendly security and privacy systems. In addition to her work as a professor at the University of Maryland, she writes for top online news organizations, including Slate and The Atlantic, and appears frequently on NPR and commercial talk radio.

Jennifer is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her research focuses on analyzing and computing with social media and creating usable privacy and security systems. She writes for Slate and The Atlantic, and frequently appears on NPR, including as a regular guest host for The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

She is a research fellow of the Web Science Research Initiative. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Dr. Jennifer Golbeck Speaker Videos Back to top

Social Connections and Human Relations: Dr. Jennifer Golbeck at TEDx UMD


Jennifer explores the complexities of social media and the powerful concept of "social capital" to marketing, branding and sales. She invites the audience to make the essential connection between our social media lives and our real lives.

She talks about the issue of privacy and who can access the information we put online. She examines the ideas of how we present ourselves on social media sites and how to get the best ideas and information out there.

Jennifer is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

TEDx Georgetown - Jennifer Golbeck - The Internet and Pets



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Jennifer's presentations focus on social media and cyber security.

In her popular presentationGoing Social she discusses the evolution of social media and interaction with companies. She offers companies five lessons on how social media can recruit the best talent and can also be used to manage your brand.

In her keynote Big Social Data, Jennifer focuses on how companies are using scientists and analytic data to develop insights into what customers want. She discusses new techniques being used and how they will impact future business.

In her keynote The Human Side of Cyber Security, Jennifer asserts that the problem is not people behaving insecurely, but security systems that are designed with no concern for their users. She presents three simple changes to make systems more secure.

Going Social
Social media has transformed the way people use the web and the way they interact with companies. Gone are the days where a customer mails you a letter and waits weeks for responses; they expect nearly instant and in-depth interaction. Similarly, employees are on social media and the way they present themselves and your company can dramatically impact how you are perceived. In this session, Jennifer Golbeck, a leader in social media and analytics, offers five lessons for how your company can use social media to recruit the best talent and manage your brand.

Big Social Data
Part creepy and part surprise, this session looks at how scientists and companies are leveraging big social data to develop new insights into customers and what they want. Jennifer Golbeck, a world leader in social media research, tracks the rise of social networks and data analytics, how new computational techniques are revealing hidden traits of millions of people online, and how this impacts the future of business.

The Human Side of Cyber Security looks at the claim that people are the most unreliable part of their systems. Jennifer asserts that the problem is not people behaving insecurely, but security systems that are designed with no concern for their users. She discusses the risks organizations face when humans aren’t the center of their security plans, and presents three simple changes that can make systems more secure and easier to use.





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Going Social
Social media has transformed the way people use the web and the way they interact with companies. Gone are the days where a customer mails you a letter and waits weeks for responses; they expect nearly instant and in-depth interaction. Similarly, employees are on social media and the way they present themselves and your company can dramatically impact how you are perceived. In this session, Jennifer Golbeck, a leader in social media and analytics, offers five lessons for how your company can use social media to recruit the best talent and manage your brand.

Big Social Data
Part creepy and part surprise, this session looks at how scientists and companies are leveraging big social data to develop new insights into customers and what they want. Jennifer Golbeck, a world leader in social media research, tracks the rise of social networks and data analytics, how new computational techniques are revealing hidden traits of millions of people online, and how this impacts the future of business.

The Human Side of Cyber Security looks at the claim that people are the most unreliable part of their systems. Jennifer asserts that the problem is not people behaving insecurely, but security systems that are designed with no concern for their users. She discusses the risks organizations face when humans aren’t the center of their security plans, and presents three simple changes that can make systems more secure and easier to use.


Social Connections and Human Relations: Dr. Jennifer Golbeck at TEDx UMD


Jennifer explores the complexities of social media and the powerful concept of "social capital" to marketing, branding and sales. She invites the audience to make the essential connection between our social media lives and our real lives.

She talks about the issue of privacy and who can access the information we put online. She examines the ideas of how we present ourselves on social media sites and how to get the best ideas and information out there.

Jennifer is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

TEDx Georgetown - Jennifer Golbeck - The Internet and Pets