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National Science Foundation Awards Professor Ghose and Four Colleagues $2.9 million Grant

Anindya Ghose, Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, and four NYU colleagues were awarded a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s prestigious and highly competitive IGERT (The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program for research.

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The award is to pursue the research and teaching of security and privacy issues on the Internet and other critical information infrastructures. The IGERT Program is the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training program. Professor Ghose and his colleagues’ proposals was one of 20 proposals funded from a total of 431 submitted.

Professor Ghose shares this award with Nasir Memon and Ramesh Karri of NYU-Poly, Helen Nissenbaum of NYU Steinhardt/Courant and Rae Zimmerman of NYU Wagner. The grant will also support the various activities of the new Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP) that has been established by this team of scholars.

Professor Ghose’s research program aims to examine privacy issues stemming from the ubiquity of social media and user-generated content on the Internet. Ghose intends to develop and apply new quantitative models by combining structural and Bayesian modeling methods with field experiments and text mining techniques in order to identify, measure and mitigate the impact of security and privacy breaches. Among other things, he will explore how personal medication information and medical records disclosure by online users in the healthcare industry affects overall drug consumption and the effect that such a highly privacy sensitive information disclosure has on the behavior of other patients. This research is also expected to lead to the design of applications that foster trust and decrease incentives for the creation of fraudulent content in social media platforms.

This research program will build on Professor Ghose’s research in the economics of social media, Internet marketing and search engine advertising that is currently supported by his previously awarded NSF CAREER grant, NSF SFS grant and several highly competitive grants from Microsoft, Google-WPP, MSI, WIMI, and other institutions.