Faculty Director, Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, Heinz College, CMU
The inaugural faculty director of the Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, Alessandro Acquisti is a professor of information technology and public policy at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (inaugural class). He is the director of the Peex (Privacy Economics Experiments) lab at CMU and the co-director of CMU CBDR (Center for Behavioral and Decision Research).
Acquisti 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. Acquisti’s studies have been published in journals across several disciplines, including Science, Journal of Economic Literature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Management Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Comparative Economics and ACM Transactions. He has also edited books and conference proceedings and presented numerous keynotes.
Acquisti holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and Master's degrees from UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin. While at Berkeley, he interned at Xerox PARC and Riacs, NASA Ames. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Rome, Paris and Freiburg (visiting professor), Harvard University (visiting scholar), the 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, and has been a TED Global speaker.