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Alessandro Acquisti

Professor, Heinz College and CyLab

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Alessandro Acquisti

Research Areas

Privacy Protection

Cross Cutting Thrusts

Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications, Usable Privacy and Security

Biography

Alessandro Acquisti is a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the director of the Peex (Privacy Economics Experiments) lab at CMU, and the co-director of Carnegie Mellon’s CBDR (Center for Behavioral and Decision Research). Alessandro investigates the economics of privacy. His studies have spearheaded the investigation of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks, and the application of behavioral economics to the study of privacy and information security decision making.

Alessandro has been the recipient of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College School of Information's Teaching Excellence Award, and numerous Best Paper awards. His studies have been published in journals, books, and proceedings across a variety of fields, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Management Science, Journal of Economic Literature, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Research, ACM Transactions, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Psychology. Alessandro has testified before the U.S. Senate and House committees on issues related to privacy policy and consumer behavior, and has been frequently invited to consult on privacy policy issues by various government bodies, including the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the European Commission. Alessandro’s findings have been featured in national and international media outlets, including the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Wired.com, NPR, CNN, and 60 Minutes; his TED talks on privacy and human behavior have been viewed over a million times online. His 2009 study on the predictability of Social Security numbers was featured in the “Year in Ideas” issue of the NYT Magazine (the SSNs assignment scheme was changed by the US Social Security Administration in 2011).

Alessandro holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and Master degrees from UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College Dublin. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Rome, Paris, and Freiburg (visiting professor); Harvard University (visiting scholar); University of Chicago (visiting fellow); Microsoft Research (visiting researcher); and Google (visiting scientist). He has been a member of the National Academies' Committee on public response to alerts and warnings using social media.

Acquisti's professional home page can be accessed at: http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/~acquisti/


Research Projects

Using Personalized Face Composites for Visceral Targeting

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, Sonam Samat, Eyal Pe'er

Are There Evolutionary Roots To Privacy Concerns?

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Laura Brandimarte, Jeff Hancock

An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Christina Fong

Evolutionary Roots of Privacy and Security Concerns (2012)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researcher: Alessandro Acquisti

Impact of Online Social Networks on Hiring Practices (2012)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Christina Fong

Privacy Decision-Making (2012)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Lorrie Cranor, Alessandro Acquisti

Privacy and the Illusion of Control (2012)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Laura Brandimarte, George Lowenstein

Empirical Analysis of Data Breach Litigation

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Sasha Romanosky

Privacy and the Illusion of Control (2011)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Laura Brandimarte, George Lowenstein

Evolutionary Roots of Privacy and Security Concerns (2011)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researcher: Alessandro Acquisti

Impact of Online Social Networks on Hiring Practices (2011)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Christina Fong

Improving the Security and Usability of Text Passwords (2011)

Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Lorrie Cranor, Lujo Bauer, Alessandro Acquisti

Measuring and Modeling Security and Privacy Laws (2011)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Sasha Romanosky, Richard Sharp

Privacy Decision-Making (2011)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Lorrie Cranor, Alessandro Acquisti

Privacy Nudging

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Lorrie Cranor, Norman Sadeh

Measuring and Modeling Security and Privacy Laws (2010)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications
Researchers: Alessandro Acquisti, Sasha Romanosky

Personal Information Security, Conflation of Dissemination and Access, and Illusion of Control

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications
Researcher: Alessandro Acquisti

Privacy Decision-Making (2010)

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Usable Privacy and Security
Researchers: Lorrie Cranor, Alessandro Acquisti, Robert Mcguire

Attention Economics in Information Rich Environments

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Business Risk Analysis and Economic Implications | Usable Privacy and Security
Researcher: Alessandro Acquisti

Personal Information Revelation in Online Social Networks

Research Area: Privacy Protection
Researcher: Alessandro Acquisti

Publications

"A field trial of privacy nudges for facebook". Y. Wang, P. G. Leon, A. Acquisti, L. Cranor, A. Forget, and N. Sadeh, in CHI ’14: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, USA: ACM, pp. 2367–2376, 2014.

"Shaping our National Privacy Research Strategy: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective". Acquisti, Agarwal, Bauer, Blum, Breaux, Cranor, Datta, Fienberg, Fong, Jahanian, Jia, J. Peha, Sadeh, Sandholm, and Sicker, 2014.

"Building the security behavior observatory: an infrastructure for long-term monitoring of client machines". A. Forget, S. Komanduri, A. Acquisti, N. Christin, L. Cranor, and R. Telang,  HotSoS ’14: Proceedings of the 2014 Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security, pp. 1–2, 2014.

"Should Payment Card Issuers Reissue Cards in Response to a Data Breach?". J. Graves, A. Acquisti, and N. Christin, WEIS: Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, 2014.

"Do Data Breach Disclosure Laws Reduce Identity Theft?". Sasha Romanosky, Rahul Telang, and Alessandro Acquisti. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 30(2), 256-286, 2011.

"Do Interruptions Pay Off? Effects of Interruptive Ads on Consumers' Willingness to Pay". Alessandro Acquisti and Sarah Spiekermann. Journal of Interactive Marketing, forthcoming 2011.

"Faces of Facebook: Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality". Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, and Fred Stutsman. BlackHat USA, 2011.

"Les Comportements De Vie Privée Face Au Commerce Electronique: Une Economie De La Gratification Immédiate". Alessandro Acquisti. Réseaux, Special Issue on “Données Personnelles et Vie Privée Sur les Réseaux, Nouveaux Comportements, Nouvelles Regulations” (Editors: Alain Rallet et Fabrice Rochelandet), forthcoming 2011.

"The Impact of Relative Judgments on Concern about Privacy". Alessandro Acquisti, Leslie John, and George Loewenstein. Journal of Marketing Research, forthcoming 2011.