April 22, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University CyLab researcher Alessandro Acquisti was named today to the inaugural class of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Acquisti is one of only 32 recipients of the fellowship and was selected from more than 300 nominees. The Carnegie Corporation is awarding up to $200,000 to each fellow, which will enable them to devote time to their research and writing.
In his fellowship, Acquisti, a noted economist and privacy researcher, will investigate the impact of the data economy on societal welfare and the distribution of wealth, focusing on how the erosion of privacy and the rise of “big data” may affect economic growth, equality and discrimination.
"I’m pleased to be named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and excited to have the opportunity to further explore the economic effects of the data economy through this fellowship," said Acquisti, associate professor of information technology and public policy at CMU’s Heinz College, and the director of the Peex (Privacy Economics Experiments) lab at CMU. "The expanding collection, analysis, and use of large amounts of individuals’ data will likely bring about both positive and negative consequences for different stakeholders, and my research will explore those impacts. I thank the Carnegie Corporation for this wonderful honor."
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