Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

TAP Blog

Can We Have Too Much Data?

MIT Professor Daron Acemoglu examines data sharing; he looks at both the potential benefits that come from predictive big data approaches as well as the negative effects of data transactions.

Daron Acemoglu

Fact Sheets

Social Networking

Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 


A Super-surveillance Society and Its Impact on Democracy

No country with too strong or too weak state power can generate economic growth. — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT
Daron Acemoglu
The Japan Times
September 6, 2020

Featured Article

Towards a Modern Approach to Privacy-Aware Government Data Releases

The standards relied on by government agencies that release data to promote transparency may be inadequate to protect privacy. The rules agencies follow in releasing data in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, or from public records and statistics lack consistency.

By: Urs Gasser, Alexandra Wood, David O'Brien, Micah Altman, Salil Vadhan