Principal Investigator

Urs Gasser

Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He teaches at Harvard Law School, at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Fudan University School of Management (China). He is a visiting professor at KEIO University (Japan) and a Fellow at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. Urs Gasser has written several books, is the co author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008, with John Palfrey) that has been translated into 10 languages (including Chinese), and has published over 70 articles in professional journals. His research and teaching activities focus on information law and policy issues. Current projects, several of them in collaboration with leading research institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, explore policy and educational challenges for young Internet users, the regulation of digital technology (currently with focus on cloud computing), ICT interoperability, information quality, the law’s impact on innovation and risk in the ICT space, and alternative governance systems. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen (J.D., S.J.D.) as well as Harvard Law School (LL.M.) and received several academic awards and prizes for his research.


Sandra Cortesi

Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and the Director of the Youth and Media Project. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives. At the new Youth and Media Lab Sandra works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world, including the production and exchange of digital media, youth development in social networking, and digital citizenship. Together with Urs Gasser and the YaM team, she focuses on the topics of “information quality” and privacy, about which she has coauthored several publications. Sandra also examines a broad range of youth communication and information technology practices for insights into youth online behavior and emergent policy questions, where she applies her training as a cognitive scientist. Sandra continues to also be engaged in European projects in collaboration with the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Sandra has a Masters in Psychology, with a specialization in Neuro-Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, from the University of Basel.


Tolga Aricak

Osman Tolga Aricak is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. He received his Ph.D. from the Marmara University in Istanbul. Tolga focuses on the prevention and intervention of cyberbullying. Along with his colleagues, he developed quantitative measures for cyberbullying, cybervictimization, and cyberbullying sensibility, and also developed a program to enhance the sensibility towards cyberbullying. He is also interested in multivariate statistics and structural equation modeling. Tolga is collaborating with the Youth and Media team on ongoing work about online privacy, safety, and information quality; he serves as a methodologist and statistician for the project.

Dena T. Sacco

Dena T. Sacco is a Senior Researcher with the Youth and Media Project, currently focusing on policy issues related to the research on teens, parents and privacy that the Berkman Center is conducting in connection with the Pew Research Center.  Dena’s past youth and media work includes coordinating and editing the Kinder and Braver World Research Series, participating in the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative, and co-directing the Internet Safety Technical Task Force.  Dena’s publications with these projects include “An Overview of State Anti-bullying and Other Relevant Laws,” “Sexting: Legal and Practical issues,” and “Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies: Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force.”

Meredith Beaton

Meredith joined the Youth and Media Lab to pursue her research interests in youth and Internet technologies and the role of education in media literacy. Meredith is a graduate of Columbia’s Teachers College, where she focused on gender disparities in computer science and online gaming. She spent the last five years teaching Middle School at the Cambridge Montessori School. Meredith also holds a BA in Computer Science from Wellesley College.

Paulina Haduong

Paulina Haduong is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University. In her spare time she enjoys experimenting with baking bread.

Zach Lerner

Zach Lerner is in his second year at Harvard Law School where he focuses on the intersection of law, technology, and business. After graduating from Duke University he served as a Teach For America corps member in Phoenix, Arizona. This past summer, Zach interned at the Center For Democracy & Technology where he worked on issues of privacy and cybersecurity.

Momin Malik

Momin Malik previously worked at the Youth and Media Lab from 2009-2011, where he was a co-author of the literature review “Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality.” In 2011-2012, he did a Masters at the Oxford Internet Institute, where he studied quantitative and qualitative research methods, digital social research, networks of collaboration, and online social networks. His thesis, which earned a distinction, examined the emergence of the field of Internet studies through networks of co-authorship. He has returned to the Youth and Media lab for the year, working to further the state of knowledge of young people’s online behavior and experiences with information quality. In the fall he will be starting a PhD, working in the areas of computational social science and network analysis.

Mary McCrossan
Mary McCrossan joined the Youth and Media team in January 2012 as an Digital Media Producer assistant. Mary graduated in the spring of 2011 with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Suffolk University and is interested in social and digital media. She brings her experience in video editing to help the lab with media content creation.



Mark Saldaña

Mark Saldaña comes to the Youth and Media team with a passion for community technology, cross-cultural research, and social issues that affect youth. He holds a BA in anthropology from Macalester College, where he researched Japanese youth perceptions of mental illness. Mark is also a community-based instructor involved with ESL education and interns at Cambridge Community Television.