About Us

The Information Law Institute (ILI) is an academic center for the study of law, policy, and social norms defining and affecting the flow of information in a digitally networked society.

Its mission is to encourage and disseminate thoughtful research and commentary, welcoming the participation of faculty, students, and other researchers across the disciplinary spectrum.

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NYU Information Law Institute Research Fellowships Available for 2017-18

The Information Law Institute at NYU is accepting applications for research fellowships to begin in Fall 2017.  The initial fellowship term is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  Applicants should hold a law degree or a Ph.D. in a relevant area, and show interest and promise in conducting research and writing.   We will give preference to applicants with demonstrated interest in ILI areas of focus, including privacy, algorithms and automated decision-making, and information/data ethics and politics.

Research fellows will devote time to their own research, to collaborative projects, and to planning ILI events.  Teaching may be an option, depending on availability and interest. Collaborative projects will be supervised by ILI faculty.

Fellows are expected to reside in the New York area, participate in Information Law Institute activities, attend weekly meetings of ILI’s multidisciplinary Privacy Research Group, and participate in regular Fellows’ meetings. They will also have ample opportunity to interact with faculty in the School of Law and other departments at NYU, and to take part in the lively intellectual life of the university and New York City. 

Applications (by email) and inquiries should be addressed to ILI administrator Nicole Arzt, nicole.arzt@nyu.edu, and should include: a CV, copies of 2 relevant publications or writing samples, a transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable), the names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s relevant background and accomplishments and outlining his or her perceived fit with the ILI.  We will begin reviewing applications on February 15 and continue until the positions are filled.

Further information about the ILI and the Privacy Research Group, can be found at, http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/ili/index.htm.

** NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer **

International Workshop on Obfuscation: Science, Technology, and Theory
April 7-8, 2017
Abstract: Obfuscation strategies offer creative ways to evade surveillance, protect privacy, and improve security by adding, rather than concealing, data to make it more ambiguous and difficult to exploit. This interdisciplinary workshop convenes researchers, scientists, developers, and artists to discuss a broad range of technical, theoretical, and policy approaches to obfuscation, from tools that anonymize users’ social media data to new methods for writing code itself. We will survey some of the existing and emerging applications and technologies, threat models and scenarios for which obfuscation offers solutions, tests and tools for studying the strengths and weaknesses of obfuscation approaches, new challenges and applications (such as authentication, intellectual property, and security), benchmarks and approaches to formalizing obfuscation strategies, and general best practices for design, implementation, and evaluation of obfuscating systems.

Metadata Project Now Online

NEW YORK, N.Y. – October 2016 ‐‐ As part of a grant generously funded by the Digital Trust Foundation, ILI faculty members and fellows Helen Nissenbaum, Katherine Strandburg, Kiel Brennan-Marquez and Paula Kift have been studying bulk government metadata collection programs from a legal and normative perspective. The project findings can be accessed here.

The ILI Welcomes its 2016-17 Fellows 

NEW YORK, N.Y. – September 2016 ‐‐ The ILI is thrilled to welcome its 2016-17 Fellows Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Yafit Lev-Aretz, Amanda Levendowski, Bilyana Petkova and Madelyn Sanfilippo. Read more about our fellows here.


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