The Economics of Privacy at a Crossroads


Wednesday, January 31 - 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Alessandro Acquisti, Trustees Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, and the co-director of the CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR), delivered a presentation on the economics of privacy in the context of augmenting economic arguments with non-economic considerations in order to address the broad concept of privacy.

Dr. Acquisti discussed how the economics of privacy could expand its horizons and relevance both by considering economic dimensions and research questions that have so far received limited attention, and by accounting for the broader scholarship on privacy coming from other disciplines. As a complement to the contributions of other fields, rather than a substitute for them, the economics of privacy may keep thriving and remain a useful tool for debate and policy making.

Dr. Andrea Forte, Professor of Information and Dean of the University of Michigan School of Information, delivered opening remarks.

Dr. Florian Schaub, Associate Professor of Information, School of Information, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, facilitated a panel discussion after the presentation.

This webinar took place on January 31, 2024.


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Alessandro Acquisti

Alessandro Acquisti is Trustees Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, and the co-director of the CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). He is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute and a member of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the CyLab Usability, Privacy, and Security (CUPS) lab.

Dr. Acquisti’s research investigates the economics and behavioral economics of privacy, and privacy in online social networks. His studies have been published in leading journals across diverse disciplines (such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Comparative Economics, ACM Transactions on the Internet), as well as edited books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and numerous international keynotes.

Dr. Acquisti has been the recipient of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College’s School of Information Teaching Excellent Award, and various best paper awards. He has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, Transcoop Foundation, Google, and Microsoft. He has been invited to be part of the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Roundtables and to co-chair the Cyber-Economics Track at the "National Cyber Leap Year Summit,” as part of the NITRD Program under guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media and Associated Privacy Considerations.

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Andrea Forte

Dean, University of Michigan School of Information

Opening Remarks

Andrea Forte, an expert in social computing, is the newly appointed dean of the University of Michigan School of Information. She joined UMSI on Jan. 1.

Forte’s appointment as dean builds on a distinguished career as a researcher, professor and administrator. From 2021 to 2023, she led the Department of Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, where she began her academic career in 2010. She is passionate about aligning her research and leadership to create more equitable and fulfilling futures for students and colleagues.

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Kirsten Martin

Director William P. and Hazel B. White Center, Professor of Technology Ethics, Professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations


Kirsten Martin is the William P. and Hazel B. White Center Professor of Technology Ethics and a professor of IT, analytics, and operations in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. A nationally recognized expert in privacy, technology, and business ethics, she is the director of the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center (ND TEC), where she hosts the podcast TEC Talks. Dr. Martin earned her B.S. Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and her MBA and Ph.D from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.

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Nazanin Andalibi

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Assistant Professor of Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


Nazanin Andalibi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). She directs the Marginality in Socio-technical Systems (MiSTS) Research Group and co-direct the Social Media Research Lab (SMRL) at UMSI. Dr. Andalibi is also affiliated with the Center for Social Media Responsibility (CSMR), the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC), and the Digital Studies Institute. Her research interests are in social computing and human-computer interaction. 

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Florian Schaub

Professor of Information and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U-M


Florian Schaub is an associate professor of Information and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. His interdisciplinary research combines privacy, human-computer interaction, emerging technologies, and public policy. He studies people's privacy decision making and behavior, investigates technology-related privacy implications, and develops human-centric privacy solutions that help people better manage their privacy in technology contexts.