Name Rebecca Balebako
Expertise Privacy and User Experience
Experience 20 Years
Resume academic cv

My Experience.

I am a privacy analyst. My research lies at the intersection of software engineering, public policy, behavioral economics, and human-computer interaction.

I do non-partisan policy analysis at RAND Corporation. I examine how digital privacy influences national interests, and how technology decisions change public policy.

I have previously lived or studied in Ghana, Togo, Germany, and Hungary. Currently I live in the United States.

PhD, Engineering and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University

Thesis: Identifying and Communicating the Risks of Smartphone Data Sharing

Masters in Software Engineering

Harvard University in Extension

Thesis: Using Distributed Computing to solve the 0-1 Knapsack Problem

Bachelors, cum laude

Mount Holyoke College

Double Major: Math and Asian Studies

RAND Corporation

Information Scientist 2015-Present

Lead and participate in policy analysis and research on society and technology. Topics have included international privacy attitudes, requirements for secure communication networks, data retention policies, and technologies for the criminal justice community.

Carnegie Mellon University

PostDoctoral Researcher 2014

Led research projects on the usability of privacy notices. Co-taught class on digital privacy and law.

Esoko.com Ghana

Product Manager 2009-2010

Led collaborative effort between software, QA, and marketing teams. Designed product specifications for mobile and web applications. Initiated, organized, and analyzed usability studies on both the web and mobile application using local participants.

Tech Startups & Universities

Web Programmer and Software Engineer 1997-2007

I worked as a programmer at various startups and universities. I developed web applications in Java and perl.

Areas of Expertise.

What do users want when it comes to digital privacy? How do they make sense of privacy notices and privacy policies? Do privacy protections actually work? What are the real risks of privacy invastions? Do software engineers consider privacy when they develop smartphone apps? My interdisciplinary research has explored these questions in the following areas..

Digital Privacy


User Experience


Software Engineering


Nudges & Behavioral Economics


Human Computer Interaction


Public Policy Analysis


Community Engagement.

My involvement in community projects and volunteering have pushed me to learn new skills and improve others. I describe a few projects below that required communication, teamwork, creativity, transparency, organization, and tenacity.