Privacy 2.0: Managing Privacy in Social Networking Environments 3/12 12noon ESB 1001

Event Date: 

Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Engineering Sciences Building 1001

Miriam Metzger

Prof. Metzgerā€™s lecture will relate to her current work, which examines how users of the online social networking site Facebook manage their privacy. The spectacular rise in the popularity of social networking sites (SNS) such as MySpace and Facebook in recent years has brought with it new concerns about personal privacy in the Web environment. This presentation will discuss social scientific research on privacy and SNS, focusing on how users balance their concerns about privacy with their desire to connect socially and publicly. Data from some recent projects on Facebook users will be presented.

Professor Metzger's research focuses on issues of trust in the online environment. She has two current funded projects on the credibility of information in networked digital environments, and she has been researching how people manage privacy online. Her studies of privacy have examined such topics as users' perceptions and use of privacy policies, public opinion about online privacy and U.S. privacy policy making, as well as several projects on privacy and self-disclosure within online social networks.

Professor Metzger received her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 1997. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Dr. Metzger joined the faculty at UCSB in 2000.
Dr. Metzger has served as a consultant to the MacArthur Foundation, the New Media Consortium, and the National Library of Medicine based on her work on Internet credibility. She recently co-edited a book, Digital media, Youth, and Credibility published by MIT Press. Her work has also been published in such journals as Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Computers & Education, Computers in Human Behavior, and Information, Communication & Society.