I’ve just moved to the Brookings Institution, where I have
begun work as the Research Director for the new Center for Technology
Innovation, and a Fellow in the Governance Studies
Program. My work will focus on information technology policy, with an
emphasis on security and privacy issues.
Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow
in the Harvard Computer Science department at the Center for Research in Computation and
Society, a Research Fellow at the Belfer
Center for Science and International Affairs, where I worked on cybersecurity research and supervised student research
with the MIT/Harvard Minerva
Project . I am also affiliated with the Berkman Center
for Internet and Society.
I recently completed my dissertation, “Privacy, Security and the
Dynamics of Networked Information Sharing” in the Public Policy Program at
the Harvard Kennedy School. My chair was David Lazer,
and I defended to a committee of Michael D. Smith (Computer Science), Jan Rivkin (HBS), and Jean Camp (Indiana University, School
Mike Smith, Jim Waldo and I have designed a course on Privacy and Technology
(CS105), which uses case studies to combine computer science and policy
analysis tools to explore issues of privacy and information security.
Data breaches seem ubiquitous these days, but does anyone care? Alessandro Acquisti and I used stock market prices to attempt to measure incentives to
safeguard personal information. We are currently updating the data set to
better detect incentives for information security.
David Lazer and I have a recent paper in
Administrative Science Quarterly, " Parallel
Problem Solving: The Social Structure of Exploration and Exploitation."
I am currently extending this model to look at the phenomenon of crowdsourcing.
MITRE Corporation asked me to look at the question of privacy
and security of medical records. I designed a pilot study to better
understand the questions of organization-level information security patterns
and access control.
I help run a weekly seminar on
Privacy and Security in the Computer Science department. Videos of past
presentations are posted online. Contact me if you have any questions.