I’m pleased to report that I have accepted an offer to join Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College as a post-doctoral fellow. At Carnegie Mellon, I will be working with Alessandro Acquisti. I have been following Alessandro’s excellent work on privacy and technology for many years, so I am thrilled to join his team and have him as a mentor.
Alessandro’s team has extensive experience studying privacy in online social networks. Alessandro and Ralph Gross wrote one of the earliest (and most cited) Facebook privacy papers: Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook. Last summer, the team published a truly head-turning study, showing that information gleaned from social network profiles could be used to predict social security numbers. Most recently, Alessandro’s work was featured in Jeffrey Rosen’s New York Times Magazine article The Web Means the End of Forgetting.
I look forward to building on my current areas of research – privacy, identity and support in social networks – while being exposed to new opportunities and new challenges at CMU. Speaking of challenges, the next challenge is a dissertation defense (later this fall) and then a move to Pittsburgh. It has been a while since I’ve been to Pittsburgh, so I’m open to advice!