Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. His work investigates the economic and social impact of IT, and in particular the economics and behavioral economics of privacy and information security, as well as privacy in online social networks.
Alessandro has received national and international awards, including the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award. His findings have been featured in media outlets such as NPR, NBC, MSNBC.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Scientist, CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV. TED Bio
“The technologist in me loves the amazing things the Internet is allowing us to do… The individual who cares about freedom is concerned about the technology being hijacked, from a technology of freedom into a technology of surveillance.” -Alessandro Acquisti
What is Big Data?
“Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” – IBM on Big Data
Big data critiques (via Wikipedia)
Thoughts & Questions
Should we be worried, or is the loss of privacy inevitable?
Is privacy predominantly a ‘Western’ concept?
Is government surveillance okay – for the greater good of all?
Should internet privacy be considered a ‘right’?
Are we overly confident about our ability to decide what is “safe”?
Related TED Talks
Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet
Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack
Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning
Lorrie Faith Cranor: What’s wrong with your pa$$w0rd?
Keren Elazari: Hackers – the Internet’s immune system
Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked