RESEARCH INTERESTS: I am investigating people's behavior with respect to privacy issues that arise from today's technologies.
My research aims to understand why people willingly to share their personal information either directly (i.e. consciously posting information online) or indirectly (i.e. granting access to services or apps). I focus in particular on investigating the perceived concern (or more often lack of concern) about possible harms and risks resulting from information sharing behavior.

My research often involves longitudinal in-the-wild experiments aimed at collecting in-situ actions in order to examine realistic usage and extrapolate people's privacy behaviors. I aim to understand the circumstances under which we should help people to safeguard their information, with the goal that my research should help guide the development of policies and regulations.

KEYWORDS: Privacy, Human Computer Interection, User Experience, Public Policy.
32 Vassar Street, 32-G504
Cambridge, 02139, MA, USA

MIT STUDENTS: UAP, SuperUrop and MEng students look at my recent publications to see if you would be interested in a project bridging Privacy and HCI.

OTHERS: I am always interested to work with people both inside and outside MIT, if interested please email me.

I know where you live
It is easy for people to find out where you work or live by visualizing location data using pen and paper or tools that require little to no technical skills.
ACM CHI 2016 Honorable Mention
Privacy Tipping Points
The more information is given about the WHO and WHY of data access, the less likely people are to share their data. Even non-explanatory notices alert people of unwanted access.
ACM CHI 2015
No Technical Information Required
When people can easily navigate the complexity of permissions especially the ones that could leak their private data, they tend to choose apps with less access.

Debugging Tests for Model Explanations
Julius Adebayo, Michael Muelly, Ilaria Liccardi, Been Kim
NeurIPS 2020 - Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems.
COVID-19, Data Privacy & App Design An analysis of privacy design elements of COVID-19 Apps
Stephanie Nguyen, Ilaria Liccardi
Tech Report 2020
Addressing Anonymous Abuses: Measuring the Effects of Technical Mechanisms on Reported User Behaviors
Wajeeha Ahmad, Ilaria Liccardi
CHI 2020 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Dark Patterns after the GDPR: Scraping Consent Pop-ups and Demonstrating their Influence
Midas Nouwens, Ilaria Liccardi, Michael Veale, David Karger, Lalana Kagal
CHI 2020 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Misplaced Trust: Measuring the Interference of Machine Learning in Human Decision-Making
Harini Suresh, Natalie Lao, Ilaria Liccardi
Web Science 2020 - ACM WEB Science Conference.
Consumer Attitudes Towards Privacy and Security in Home Assistants
Nathaniel Fruchter, Ilaria Liccardi
CHI 2018 - ACM Conference Extended Abstract on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Better the devil you know: Personalized Data Controller Indicators that Expose Data Sharing in Smartphone Apps
Max Van Kleek, Ilaria Liccardi, Reuben Binns, Jun Zhao, Daniel J. Weitzner, Nigel Shadbolt
CHI 2017 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
An Empirical Study on the Reliability of Perceiving Correlation Indices using Scatterplots
Varshita Sher, Karen Bimis, Ilaria Liccardi, Min Chen
EuroVis 2017 - Eurographics Conference on Visualization.
My Bank Already Gets this Data: Exposure Minimisation and Company Relationships in Privacy Decision-Making
Reuben Binns, Jun Zhao, Max Van Kleek, Nigel Shadbolt, Ilaria Liccardi I., Daniel J. Weitzner
CHI 2017 - ACM Conference Extended Abstract on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
I know where you live: Inferring details of people's lives by visualizing publicly shared location data
Ilaria Liccardi, Alfie Abdul-Rahman, Min Chen
CHI 2016 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Best of CHI Honorable Mention
SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE: MIT News, Daily Mail (UK), Republica (Italia), The financial express.
Negotiation as an Interaction Mechanism for Deciding App Permissions
Tim Baarslag, Alper T. Alan, Richard Gomer, Ilaria Liccardi, Hella Marreiros, Enrico H. Gerding, monica c. schraefel
CHI 2016 - ACM Conference Extended Abstract on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Privacy Tipping Points in Smartphones Privacy Preferences
Fuming Shih, Ilaria Liccardi, Daniel J. Weitzner
CHI 2015 - ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Linked Data and Mobile Application Privacy
Evan W. Patton, Ilaria Liccardi
ISWC 2015 - International Semantic Web Conference, Workshop on Mobile Deployment of Semantic Technologies.
Negotiating Mobile App Permissions
Tim Baarslag T., Ilaria Liccardi, Enrico H. Gerding, Richard Gomer, monica c. schraefel
APC 2015 - International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference.
No technical understanding required: Helping users make informed choices about access to their personal data
Ilaria Liccardi, Joseph Pato, Hal Abelson H., Daniel J. Weitzner, David de Roure
MOBIQUITOUS 2014 - ACM International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services
Can Apps Play by the COPPA rules?
Ilaria Liccardi, Monica Bulger, Hal Abelson, Daniel J. Weitzner, Wendy Mackay
PST 2014 - IEEE Privacy Security and Trust.
Building Privacy-preserving Location-based Apps
Brian Sweatt, Sharon Paradesi, Ilaria Liccardi, Lalana Kagal, Alex (Sandy) Pentland
PST 2014 - IEEE Privacy Security and Trust.
SOCIAL PRIVACY: Help Users Understand and safeguard their personal data
Ilaria Liccardi
MIT RS 2014 - MIT Research Showcase.
Improving user choice through better mobile apps transparency and permissions analysis
Ilaria Liccardi I, Daniel J. Weitzenr, Joseph Pato
JCP 2013 - Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality.
A Semantic Framework for Content-based Access Controls
Sharon Paradesi, Ilaria Liccardi, Lalana Kagal, Joseph Pato
PASSAT 2013 - IEEE Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust.
Visualizing Populated Ontologies with OntoTrix.
Benjamin Bach, Emmanuel Pietriga E., Ilaria Liccardi
IJSWIS 2013 - International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems.
OntoTrix: A Hybrid Visualization for Populated Ontologies,
Benjamin Bach, Emmanuel Pietriga E., Ilaria Liccardi, Gennady Legostaev
WWW 2011 - ACM World Wide Web Conference.
Redundancy and Collaboration in Wikibooks,
Ilaria Liccardi, Olivier Chapuis O., Ching-man Au Yeung, Wendt Mackay
INTERACT 2011 - IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Springer).
Progressional awareness: designing a co-authoring tool to support the planning process
Ilaria Liccardi, Hugh Davis, Su White
SIGDOC 2009 - ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication.
Behavioral awareness for modeling social interactions in online collaborative authoring environments
Ilaria Liccardi, Hugh Davis, Su White
WebSci 2009 - ACM Web Science Conference.
CAWS: Visualizing awareness to improve the effectiveness of co-authoring activities
Ilaria Liccardi, Hugh Davis, Su White
DSO 2008 - Special issue of Collaborative Computing in IEEE Distributed Systems Online.
CAWS: an awareness based wiki system to improve team collaboration
Ilaria Liccardi, Hugh Davis, Su White
ICALT 2008 - IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.
Decentralization: The Future of Online Social Networking
Ching-man Au Yeung, Ilaria Liccardi, Kenny Lu, Oshani Seneviratne, Tim Berners-Lee
FSN 2008 - W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking.
CAWS: A wiki system to improve workspace awareness to advance effectiveness of co-authoring activities.
Ilaria Liccardi, Hugh Davis, Su White
CHI 2007 - ACM Conference Extended Abstract on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Best of CHI: People merit choice award
CAWS: Improving users' awareness for advancing effectiveness of co-authoring activities.
Ilaria Liccardi
GROUP 2007 - ACM GROUP 2007 Doctoral Colloquium.
CAWS: Challenges in Distant Collaborative Authoring Activities
Ilaria Liccardi, Hugh C. Davis, Su A. White
ECSCW 2007 - European Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Workshop on The Challenges of Collaborative Work in Global Software Development.
The role of social networks in students' learning experiences
Ilaria Liccardi, Asma Ounnas, Reena Pau, Elizabeth Massey, Paivi Kinnumen, Sarah Lewthwaite, Marie-Anne Midy, Chandan Sakar
SIGCSE Bulletin 2007 - ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (December Issue).
Co-authoring on The Web.
Ilaria Liccardi
WWW 2006 - BSCWomen (British Computer Society) Workshop, ACM World Wide Web Conference 2006.
Best Technical Poster
Disciplinary Differences' Frameworks For Better Learning Design.
Su A. White, Ilaria Liccardi
ICALT 2006 - IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.
Harnessing Insight Into Disciplinary Differences To Refine E-Learning Design.
Su A. White, Ilaria Liccardi
FIE 2006 - ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education.
Towards a Semantic Modeling of Learners for Social Networks
Ounnas, A., Ilaria Liccardi, Hugh C. Davis, David E. Millard, D. E. and Su A. White
LINCS AH 2006 - International Workshop on Applications of Semantic Web Technologies for E-Learning (SW-EL), Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems.
An eLearning website for the design and analysis of experiments with application to chemical processes
David C. Woods, Dan M. Grove, Ilaria Liccardi, Sue M. Lewis, Jeremy G. Frey
COMPSTAT 2006 - Symposium of Computational Statistics.
Understanding Disciplinary Differences: a insight into selecting effective e-learning approaches
Ilaria Liccardi
ITiCSE 2005 - ACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education.
British Computer Society Award
INVITED TALK: How to foster the progress of Transparency.
Date: 2017, Dec. 11th-12th.
INVITED TALK: Respondent to Cristina Ricupero | Don’t believe a word I say.
Event: ACT - MIT Program in art, culture and technology:
Date: 2017, Sep 25th.
NPR BOSTON RADIO INTERVIEW: Protecting Online Data After Repeal Of Internet Privacy Regulations
Date: 2017, March 29th.
TALK: Privacy and People - What could we regulate to safeguard people's privacy?
Event: Discussion with MEPs (Members of European Parliament).
Date: 2017, February 20th.
PANEL: Forum on Data Privacy Convened by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Panelists: Latanya Sweeney (Harvard), Ilaria Liccardi (MIT), Catherine Tucker (MIT), John Moore (Twine Health), Carol Rose (ACLU of Massachusetts) and Dipayan Ghosh (Facebook); Moderator: Daniel J. Weitzner (MIT).
Date: 2016, March 24th.
PRESS COVERAGE: TechTarget Network, State AG Insights, Boston Business Journal.
TALK: Social Privacy - Do people care about their own privacy?
Event: Discussion with European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli.
Date: 2016, March 19th.
TALK: Privacy Tipping Points - When do people make privacy based decisions?
Event: Discussion with European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip.
Date: 2016, March 10th.
I am a research scientist at MIT. I am part of the Internet Policy Research Initiative at CSAIL.
Previously I was a Marie Curie Fellow with the Decentralized Information Group (2012-2014) at CSAIL, MIT and with the Oxford e-Research Center (2014-2015) at University of Oxford.
I also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Microsoft Research INRIA Joint Center (2010-2012). I received a Ph.D and an MEng in computer science from the University of Southampton (UK) in 2010 and 2005 respectively.
Jan. 06 - Feb. 10: Ph.D in Computer Science
Sep. 08 - Dec. 08: Visiting Graduate Student, CSAIL
Sep. 02 - June 05: MEng in Computer
Science [First Class]