On 22 June 2012 Tech and Law Center organized a conference at the Politecnico di Milano with Alessandro Acquisti on

“Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality”

Tech and Law Center is proud to welcome Alessandro Acquisti on the Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality at the Politecnico di Milano. In his talk, Prof. Acquisti will highlight two streams of research he is conducting at Carnegie Mellon University: the “behavioral economics of privacy,” and the study of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks.
First, he highlighted how research in behavioral economics can help us make sense of apparent inconsistencies in privacy (and security) decision-making, and will present results from a variety of experiments in this area he conducted at Carnegie Mellon University. Then, he discussed the technical feasibility and privacy implications of combining publicly available Web 2.0 images with off-the-shelf face recognition technology, for the purpose of large-scale, automated individual re-identification. Combined, the results highlight the behavioral, technological, and legal challenges raised by the convergence of new information technologies, and raise questions about the future of privacy in an augmented reality world.


Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the co-director of CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). His research focuses on the economics of privacy. His studies have spearheaded the application of behavioral economics to the analysis of privacy decision making, and the analysis of disclosure behavior and privacy trade-offs in online social networks. Alessandro 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 Award for Teaching Excellence, and multiple best paper awards. He is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media and Associated Privacy Considerations, and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Harvard, Rome, Paris, and Freiburg, at Microsoft Research in New England, and at Google. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and Master degrees from UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College Dublin.


The programme of the event is available here.

The press review of the event is available here.

The slides of the event are available here.

The report of the event is available here.

Further readingshttp://www.judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/12-7-18AcquistiTestimony.pdf

TED talks: Why privacy matters (2013), Privacy is an illusion (2012),


Radio 24-22.06.2012

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