Researcher, Data & Society Research Institute
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 at the Pew Research Center. She is currently a researcher at Data & Society, leading an initiative to better understand the privacy and security experiences of low-socioeconomic status populations. She is a nationally recognized expert on privacy and technology, trends in social media use, and the impact of digital media on teens and parents. Mary is also an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a member of the Data Privacy Day Advisory Committee for the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Mary has been part of an ongoing collaboration with the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media Project that combines quantitative and qualitative research methods to study adolescents’ technology use and privacy management on social media. She is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams Project.
Prior to joining the Pew Research Center, Mary worked as a research assistant at Georgetown University. She holds an MA with distinction from Georgetown University’s communication, culture and technology program and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a BA in English. She has been with Pew Internet since 2002 and has authored over 40 reports during her tenure. Madden is a frequent public speaker and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio, among others, regarding her research.