Making Sense of a Networked World – Youtube Introduction Video

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

I am a Canada Research Chair in Privacy Preserving Digital Technologies, Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in Canada, and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. I am also a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; a founding co-chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.

My research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of user data are changing the ways in which people and organizations communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society. My expertise also lays in developing and testing new analytics tools for discovering and visualizing social media data and online social networks. The broad aim of my various research initiatives is to understand how social media data can be used ethically to tackle a wide variety of societal problems from combating COVID-19 misinformation to helping educators navigate social media for teaching and learning. 


Dr. Gruzd is a former United States Department of State Muskie Fellow. He received his PhD from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, MS from the iSchool at Syracuse University in 2005 and his BS & MS in Computer Science from Dnipropetrovsk National University in Ukraine in 2003.


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