The Puzzle of Privacy in the Age of Social Media

Mentor profile
Project description

In this project, the mentor and student investigated social media consumption and related privacy concerns, through articles, reports, and editorials on topics such as the right to be forgotten, facial recognition technology, international privacy norms, and the regulatory powers of governments as opposed to those of private actors. In addition to discussing published materials and the student’s assignments, they explored how to merge the student’s substantive interest in social media with his ambition to create his own blog. The student’s final project will be a series of filmed interviews and relevant blog articles that are informed by his research and conversations with individuals who have unique perspectives on social media.

The Puzzle of Privacy in the Age of Social Media
Project outcome

The student produced and published his own blog site where he contributes articles discussing various aspects of data privacy law and the delicate legal space that big tech companies are navigating.

You can take a look at the blog by clicking on the blue link below.

Student's published work on their personal blog
Student background

16-year-old student from Lawrenceville, NJ.

Student review

“Anna helped me expand my knowledge on data privacy and further grow my interest in research. My sessions with her were exciting, intriguing, and informative. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor! She has been extremely encouraging during my project and taught me how to improve my writing as well as think outside of the box to gain new ideas!”

Mentor review

"Serving as a mentor for Polygence has been a uniquely fulfilling and thought-provoking experience. Although I knew that I enjoyed teaching before becoming a mentor, I had not had the opportunity to engage with students on subjects so directly linked to my graduate studies. I am consistently amazed by the intellectual rigor and maturity of my students, and come away from our sessions with renewed appreciation for academic discourse and rigorous debate. I also appreciate the position’s flexibility and room for creativity."

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