Alessandro Acquisti


Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Professor, Information Technology and Public Policy

Alessandro Acquisti is an associate professor of Information Systems and Public Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of Carnegie Mellon CyLab. He is the co-director of CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research and a member of the National Academies' committee on public response to alerts and warnings using social media and associated privacy considerations.

Acquisti's research focusses on the economics of privacy. His studies have spearheaded the application of behavioural economics to the analysis of privacy and information security decision making, and the analysis of privacy risks and disclosure behaviour in online social networks. His manuscripts have been widely published, and he has testified in Congress on issues related to privacy policy and consumer behaviour as well as participated in policy-finding activities of the Federal Trade Commission, DARPA, the European Network and Information Security Agency and various national privacy commissioner authorities.

He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and master's degrees from UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin.


Contributions by Alessandro Acquisti

  • Welcome to the Machine: Tra hype, distopia e protezione dei dati
    Speaker at Virtual Rome KnowledgeNet: 26 March 2021
  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019