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HCIL Lecture: Jon Kleinberg, "Status, Power, and Incentives in Social Media"
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
4:00 p.m.
2105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
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Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory
30th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer Series

Status, Power, and Incentives in Social Media

Jon Kleinberg
Cornell University

Reception: 3:15 p.m., HCIL, 2105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
Lecture: 4-5 p.m., 0109 Hornbake Building, South Wing

Many of the social phenomena that take place on-line can be usefully interpreted in terms of status, power, and the mechanisms by which people evaluate and form opinions about each other. We discuss a set of approaches for measuring status, ranging from metrics based on contributions to subtle signals in the language people use when they interact with one another. We also consider ways in which the allocation of status can provide incentives that shape the collective work of a community; surprisingly, we find that in theoretical models of effort by credit-seeking individuals, certain unfair assignments of status produce incentives that can lead to increased productivity.

The talk includes joint work with Ashton Anderson, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Dan Huttenlocher, Lillian Lee, Jure Leskovec, Sigal Oren, and Bo Pang.

Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other on-line media. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of MacArthur, Packard, and Sloan Foundation Fellowships, as well as awards including the Nevanlinna Prize from the International Mathematical Union and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences.

Come help the HCIL celebrate its 30th Anniversary with the 30th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer Series. This series offers a common ground that can promote interdisciplinary discussion on a wide range of topics relating to Human-Computer Interaction.

These lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.

2012-2013 Seminars/Speakers

Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University
Ellen Miller, Sunlight Foundation
Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft
Mark Guzdial, GA Tech
Mor Naaman, Rutgers

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