Mary Madden

Mary Madden is a veteran technology researcher, writer and public speaker, having studied trends in American internet users’ behaviors and attitudes for more than a decade. She is currently leading a Data & Society initiative to understand the privacy and security experiences of low-socioeconomic status populations. Supported by a grant from the Digital Trust Foundation, the project will provide freely accessible survey data to researchers working in this area and will seek to answer key questions that can help ground current policy conversations and debates about privacy and security in the digital age.

Privacy, security, and digital inequality

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the privacy and security experiences of low-socioeconomic-status populations in the United States.

How youth navigate the news landscape

A new report finds that teens and young adults express low levels of trust in the news media and use a variety of strategies to confirm, verify, and clarify the stories they care about, according to a study produced by Data & Society Research Institute...

Teens, social media, and privacy

This report finds that teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions...

Teens and technology 2013

Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop...

Parents, teens, and online privacy

This report looks at some steps parents are taking to observe, discuss, and check up on their children’s digital footprints. Most parents of teenagers are concerned about what their teenage children do online and how their behavior could be monitored by others. 81% of parents...