Privacy and Data Policy Manager, Meta
Dr. Elaine Sedenberg leads global research and academic engagement for Meta’s Privacy and Data Policy team using her wealth of experience in data and information policy in the government and private sector. Elaine’s research challenges the theory of linear innovation, and explores how research strategy, practice, and data policies intersect within a modern information firm. She was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2013 and finished her PhD from the Berkeley School of Information in 2019, where she completed her dissertation on the changing role of the private firm in research. She is a current research affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and previously served as the co-director of the Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP) where she promoted civic engagement in policy decisions, technology design, and social debates. One of her projects was on informed consent with the rise of sensors, social networks, and massive data repositories discreetly collecting information on people.
Her prior research broadly studied private sector data collection and information sharing for public good uses—particularly research and medical applications. Other past research projects include policy analyses and recommendations for the responsible information access through government open data programs, privacy and ethical implications from the collection and sharing of “biosensed” data, and a study of the cybersecurity information sharing ecosystem. Elaine has also published on mechanisms for enabling responsible information exchanges by reclaiming the meaning and use of informed consent in modern data-gathering, digital contexts.