Thursday, March 28 at 11:00am
VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617
“Social Media Consumers and Curators” by Maria Glenski, PhD Candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame
People frequently rely on social media as their primary source of news and information. Tasked with curating an ever-increasing amount of content, providers leverage user interaction feedback to make decisions about which content to display, highlight, and hide. User interactions such as likes, votes, clicks, and views are assumed to be a proxy of a content's quality, popularity, or news-worthiness. Users in turn rely on the anonymous, aggregate ratings of others to make important decisions about which products to buy, movies to watch, news to read, or even political candidates to support. The sheer volume of new information being produced and consumed only increases the reliance that individuals place on anonymous others to curate and sort massive amounts of information. As crowd-sourced curation of news and information have become the norm, it is important to understand not only how individuals consume information through social news Web sites, but also how they contribute to their ranking systems and to the spread and reception of news and misinformation.
Maria Glenski is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She is an Arthur J Schmitt Leadership in Science and Engineering Fellow, a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA), and has served on the program committee for the international AAAI conference on web and social media (ICWSM). Her research in social news, social media analysis, and rating systems has been published in top tier venues including the ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, and the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. During her time at the University of Notre Dame, she has also been an NSF EASPSI fellow in Beijing, China; a Rome Global Gateway Research Fellow in residence; and a National Security Internship Program (NSIP) intern at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington