Alessandro Acquisti
Heinz College - CMU









Benvenuto, straniero.

Update: If you are here for the online social networks and hiring discrimination study, please visit this link: An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks. If you are here for the Security and Human Behavior workshop (SHB 2015), go here. If you are here for the face recognition study, please visit this link. If you are for our Science review of the behavioral and psychological privacy literature, please follow this link: Privacy and Human Behavior in the Age of Information. If you are here for the forthcoming Journal of Economic Literature review of the economics of privacy, please visit this link: The Economics of Privacy.

Post-doc and PhD positions are available for the 2014 academic year.

I am a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (inaugural class). the co-director of CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). I am also a member of the CMU Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, of CMU CyLab, and of the National Academies' Committee on public response to alerts and warnings using social media and associated privacy considerations.

Prior to joining CMU Faculty, I researched with the Internet Ecologies group at the Xerox PARC labs in Palo Alto (as intern); with the Human-Centered Computing group at RIACS, NASA Ames Research Center (as visiting student); and at SIMS, UC Berkeley, where I received a Master and a Ph.D. in Information Systems in 2001 and 2003. I received a Master in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1999; and a Master in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics also in 1999.

I research, primarily, the economics of privacy and the behavioral economics of privacy as well as privacy in online social networks. I received the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, and the Heinz College Teaching Excellence Award. Two of my manuscripts were selected by the Future of Privacy Forum in their best "Privacy Papers for Policy Makers" competition.

I am a member of the program committee of several privacy and security conferences and workshops (the complete list is available in my CV). I have co-chaired the DIMACS Workshop on Information Security Economics, the WEIS Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, and the Workshop on Security and Human Behavior with Ross Anderson, Bruce Schneier, and George Loewenstein.

I have co-edited the book: Digital Privacy: Theory, Technologies, and Practices.

My research interests include: economics and behavioral economics of privacy and information security, privacy and security in online social networks, economics of computers and AI, agents economics, computational economics, ecommerce, cryptography, anonymity, electronic voting, and Nutella


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Alessandro Acquisti
Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University
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