Information Law Institute


ILI Research Fellowship 2015-2016

NYU Information Law Institute Research Fellowship Available for 2015-16

The Information Law Institute at NYU is accepting applications for research fellowships in the area of information law and policy to begin in Fall 2015. The initial fellowship term is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Applicants should hold law degrees or PhDs in relevant fields. We will give preference to applicants with demonstrated expertise or interest in ILI focus areas, including privacy, information ethics and politics, and cybersecurity.

Fellows are expected to devote time to their own research, to collaborative projects, and to planning ILI events. Teaching in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication may be an option, depending on availability and interest. Collaborative projects, which may be supervised by Helen Nissenbaum (ILI Director and Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication), Katherine Strandburg (Professor of Law), or Ira Rubinstein (ILI Senior Fellow) will be on topics of mutual interest to fellow and supervisor, with two particular areas of focus for 2015-16: i) privacy in the context of media use and engagement and ii) developing normatively defensible and legally implementable alternatives for regulating access to and use of information in the hands of third party intermediaries.

Fellows are expected to reside in the New York area and to participate in Information Law Institute activities, including the multidisciplinary Privacy Research Group. They also have ample opportunity to interact with other faculty in the School of Law and other departments at NYU, and to take part in the intellectual life of the university. For further information about the ILI and the Privacy Research Group, see

Applications should be sent by email to ILI administrator Nicole Arzt,, 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.

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

Algorithms and Accountability

On February 28, 2015, we will hold a conference titled Algorithms and Accountability at NYU. Details of the conference can be found here.

Symposium on Student Privacy

Together with the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center, ILI organized a symposium on student privacy in higher education entitled “Building Privacy into Data-Driven Education.” The event examined the new ethical concerns, legal questions and institutional challenges raised by the growth in use of data-driven platforms at higher education institutions.

Symposium on Obfuscation

The Symposium on Obfuscation brought together experts from a variety of backgrounds who study, script and design technologies that either simulate, detect, or are susceptible to obfuscation. By obfuscation we mean the production of misleading, ambiguous and plausible but confusing information as an act of concealment or evasion. In the course of the day, we will critically explore and assess the use of obfuscation as a strategy for individuals, groups or communities to hide; to protect themselves; to protest or enact civil disobedience, especially in the context of monitoring, aggregated analysis, and profiling in (digital) space. Read more about the symposium.

Governing Algorithms Conference

This conference set out to explore the recent rise of algorithms as an object of interest in scholarship, policy, and practice. Taking a fresh view on the current wave of interest in the topic, we discussed themes such as:
  • the very idea of “algorithms” as a subject and object of analysis
  • issues of methodology and the kind of knowledge claims that come with algorithms
  • the rhetoric of problems and solutions, in which algorithms are mobilized
  • questions of agency and automation
  • conceptions of secrecy or inscrutability
  • normative concerns
  • rules and regulations surrounding development and implementation

Read more and watch the videos of the event.