Symposium: Privacy and identity in a hyperconnected society


The second symposium of inauguration day will focus on another important social issue: personal privacy.

Concerns over personal privacy have risen to the boiling point, with pressing implications for commerce, social interactions, policing, national security, health, education and social research. 

The rapidly decreasing costs of electronic information gathering, and rapidly improving tools for finding patterns, identifying individuals and linking across data sources have pushed privacy to the front of public and academic discourse. 

Alessandro Acquisti

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Alessandro Acquisti is one of the leading scholars investigating individual privacy behavior and concerns in the networked information age. He is a professor of information technology and public policy and also co-directs the Center for Behavioral and Decision Research.

He will present results from several studies and experiments addressing the behavioral economics of privacy and challenges to privacy in online social networks.

The studies highlight the tradeoffs that emerge from the protection or sharing of personal information, the inadequacy of “notice-and-consent” mechanisms for privacy protection, and the future of privacy in an augmented-reality world in which online and offline personal data will seamlessly blend.

The discussion that follows Acquisti’s presentation will be moderated by Jeff MacKie-Mason, dean of the School of Information; professor of information and computer science and information, School of Information; professor of economics, LSA; and professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

The symposium will run 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Blau Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The session is open to the public.

The faculty panel discussing this topic will include:

• Kevin Fu, professor of computer science and engineering, College of Engineering.

• Martha S. Jones, associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies, LSA; and co-director of Program in Race, Law and History.

• Erin L. Krupka, assistant professor of information, School of Information.

• Catharine A. MacKinnon, professor of law, Law School.



  1. Jennifer Pinsof
    on September 11, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Is there a recording of this discussion?

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