Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti

Alessandro Acquisti

Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy


Alessandro Acquisti’s research interests lie at the overlap of information technology, society, and economics. They include, primarily, the economics of privacy and information security, but also the economics of computers and AI, agents economics, computational economics, ecommerce, cryptography, anonymity and electronic voting. His recent work on predicting social security numbers received international media attention.

  • Acquisti has received national and international awards, including the 2005 PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and the 2005 IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award.
  • He is a member of the CMU Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory, the CMU Privacy Technology Center, the Heinz College iLab and a partner at Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

For an interview, email Abby Simmons or call her at 412-268-4290.