Social Media Lab @SMLabTO Speaker Series: How our Networks Shape our #Privacy with @thesickish Fri. Apr. 1, 2016 3 pm

Yotam2160x1080Please join us ​on ​Friday, April 1, 2016 at 3 pm at the Ryerson Social Media Lab for a talk by Yotam Shmargad, Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Information.


Event: Social Media Lab Speaker Series: “How our Networks Shape our Privacy”
Date: Friday, April 1, 2016
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: 10 Dundas Street East, Toronto 10th Floor, Suite 1002
Ryerson Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management
Webcast Available: If you are not able to join us in person, you can also join us virtually via Periscope on the day of the talk.

Cost: This event is FREE but seating is limited, please custombutton If you are not able to join us in person, you can also join us virtually  via @SMLabTO on the day of the talk.


In two studies, I relate characteristics of people’s networks to the level of privacy that exists in their social environments. I analyze over half a million people with nearly 40 million connections on a social network site, and show that network characteristics predict various behaviors on the site – including decisions to share and consume information. In particular, people with networks containing several distinct social groups are more active on the site.


Yotam Shmargad is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Information. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2014. In his research, he analyzes the databases of social media companies and designs network experiments to study social media from the perspectives of users, the companies that manage social media platforms, and the firms that use them in their marketing campaigns. His current projects look at how social media alter the properties of users’ networks, and the impact this has on how information and products spread through these networks. Contact Yotam at [email protected] or visit his webpage at

About the Social Media Lab Speaker Series:

The Social Media Lab Speaker Series bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and debate key issues associated with social media and new media research. Held throughout the year, the Ryerson Social Media Lab Speaker Series is open to the public. It’s an opportunity to meet, network, hear and ask questions from fellow researchers and practitioners. Traditionally we invite leading and emerging researchers in the field to discuss theoretical and methodological topics that are of interest to the broader research community. We usually feature 8-10 talks per semester. The talks are typically about forty minutes long followed by twenty minutes of Q&A. For those who cannot join us in person, the lecture are broadcast live over Periscope and posted on YouTube after the event.  We hope you can join us! Space is limited, please RSVP.


We are located at 10 Dundas St East, Toronto, Canada. When you enter 10 Dundas, look for the elevator bank (marked as Office Tower) next to the Starbucks Coffee on the 1st floor. Take the elevator to the 10th floor, our office suite #1002 will be on the right.