Assistant Professor of the Practice, Information Networking Institute

Aleecia McDonald

Source: Information Networking Institute

Contact Info:
Carnegie Mellon University
NASA Ames Research Park
Bldg. 23
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001








Aleecia M. McDonald, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of the Practice, based at INI’s Silicon Valley campus. She focuses on the public policy issues of Internet privacy, including user expectations for privacy tools, behavioral economics and mental models of privacy, and the efficacy of industry self-regulation. She co-chaired the WC3’s Tracking Protection Working Group, which was an effort to establish international standards for a Do Not Track mechanism that users can enable to request enhanced privacy online. Aleecia’s decade of experience working in software startups adds a practical focus to her academic work, and she was a Senior Privacy Researcher for Mozilla prior to working as Director of Privacy at Stanford. Her findings have been featured in media outlets such as the Washington Post, Ars Technica, and NPR. She has presented findings in testimony to the California Assembly and contributed to testimony before the United States Senate and the Federal Trade Commission. 

Areas of Interest

Internet privacy, policy, and security.


B.A., Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University

M.S., Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Internet Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D., Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University