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Wednesday, October 24 • 11:35am - 12:30pm
Emerging Prism: The Personal Implications of Big Data

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Emerging Technology Trend: The Personal Implications of Big Data

The impact that emerging technologies are having in our world will inevitably affect our personal lives. How is the convergence of big data and "social" technologies changing how we live and work? What are the implications?


  • Andrew Fiore and Eytan Bakshy, of Facebook, on the social implications of our growing connections online
  • Duncan Watts, of Microsoft, on using the web for experimental social science 
  • Shane Green, of Personal, on how individuals can take control of their personal data and realize the value it holds



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Eytan Bakshy

Data Scientist, Facebook
Eytan Bakshy is a researcher on the Data Science team at Facebook.  His work broadly examines information diffusion and influence in online networks through the use of large-scale field experiments and observational studies.  His current interests include causality in social networks... Read More →
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Andrew Fiore

Data Scientist, Facebook
Andrew Fiore studies the social psychology of online communication as a data scientist at Facebook and a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Information, where he co-developed and co-teaches the graduate course on Computer-Mediated Communication. Previously, he was a visiting assistant... Read More →
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Shane Green

President and CEO, Personal
Shane Green is President and CEO of Personal and has been building and leading startups since the early 1990s. In 2009, Shane co-founded Personal, a company that gives individuals the tools to create a private, personal network with trusted individuals, companies and organizations... Read More →
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Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab.  From 2000-2007, he was a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then, prior to joining Microsoft, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:35am - 12:30pm EDT
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