I love speaking to groups of any size, and have talked at events around the world. I’m affiliated with the Washington Speakers Bureau, and sometimes also make independent arrangements to speak at events. If you would like to talk with me about an event, please email jen@jengolbeck.com.

These are speeches I often give, and I’m happy to work with you and your organization to tailor something to your event and interests.


Big Social Data


Part creepy and part surprise, this session looks at how scientists and companies are leveraging big social data to develop new insights into customers and what they want. Jennifer Golbeck, a world leader in social media research, tracks the rise of social networks and data analytics, how new computational techniques are revealing hidden traits of millions of people online, and how this impacts the future of business.

The Human Side of Cyber Security


Security experts often claim that people are the most unreliable part of their systems. Jennifer Golbeck, an expert in cyber security and human-centered technology design, asserts that the problem is not people behaving insecurely, but security systems that are designed with no concern for their users. She discusses the risks organizations face when humans aren’t the center of their security plans, and presents three simple changes that can make systems more secure and easier to use.

TEDxMidatlantic: The Curly Fry Connundrum

Here’s me at TEDx! Much can be done with online data. But did you know that computer wonks once determined that liking a Facebook page about curly fries means you’re also intelligent? Really. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so benign — and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.