Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Informed Democracy & Social - cybersecurity (IDeaS)

CMU's center for disinformation, hate speech and extremism online

IDeaS Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity

Fall 2021 Seminar Series 

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 PM unless otherwise noted
Seminars with speakers from CMU will be in person and livestreamed
Seminar with speakers outside of CMU will be held virtually, via Zoom.

NEXT DATE: September 29

In-person- TCS 460 (Limited Seating)
Virtual - Register in advance for this meeting:

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faculty-sen-a.jpgAnanya Sen

Assistant Professor Of Information Technology And Management, CMU

Quantifying the User Value of Social Media Data

Abstract: We estimate the distribution of consumer valuations of personal data and how these valuations are influenced by real-world informational interventions. We do so using an incentive-compatible mechanism and capture experimental participants’ willingness to share their actual social media data for monetary compensation. We find that the median participant from a representative sample values their Facebook data, including photos and private messages, at $750. We also repeat this exercise in a sample of privacy-conscious individuals involved with the Data Dividend Project, a large data advocacy group. In the DDP sample, the median valuation is higher at $1000. Moreover, we find accurate information on Facebook’s revenue projections or recent settlements for data misuse induces a substantial share of respondents to revise their valuations. The revisions were concentrated in those with low initial valuations. These findings can help inform policymakers and managers interested in data dividends, data protection, and privacy-related products.
Bio: Ananya's research interests center around platforms with a special focus on the media, innovation, and more broadly the digital economy. He uses a variety of empirical techniques to analyze data from field experiments as well as observational data to gain insight into broad research questions. Before moving to Carnegie Mellon, he was a Post Doctoral Associate at MIT Sloan School of Management. He received a Ph.D in Economics from the Toulouse School of  Economics. 


Upcoming Speakers

October 13 - Joan Donovan, Harvard Shorenstein Center (virtual)

October 27 - April Lawson, Braver Angels (virtual)

November 10 -  Michael Shamos, CMU (in-person, TCS 460)

November 17 - William Marcellino, RAND (virtual)

December 1 - Deen Freelon, UNC CITAP (virtual)



Past Seminar Presenters

Daniyar Serikov - Distortions in the Kazakh Media Landscape

grayscale globe with Kazakhstan highlighted by its flag

Jessica Dawson - The Surveillance App Economy and the National Security Risk

Jessica Dawson

Joshua Tucker - The (Surprisingly?) Limited Impact of Russia's Election Interference on Twitter in the 2016 US Election

Joshua Tucker

Yan Leng Ph.D. - Analysis of misinformation during the COVID-19 outbreak in China: cultural, social and political entanglements

Yan Leng