Information Law Institute


Helen Nissenbaum (Director)

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her work spans social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and digital media. She has written and edited eight books, including Privacy, Big Data and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, with J. Lane, V. Stodden and S. Bender (Cambridge, 2014), Values at Play in Digital Games, with M. Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010) and her research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science.


Katherine Strandburg (Faculty Fellow)

Katherine Strandburg specializes in innovation policy and information privacy law, focusing on the interplay between social behavior and technological change.  She has authored amicus briefs to the Supreme Court and federal appellate courts on these issues. Recent publications include a First Amendment critique of “metadata" surveillance and the co-edited book, Governing Knowledge Commons.  Professor Strandburg graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to her legal career, she was a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, having received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and conducted postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon.


Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (Faculty Fellow)

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler ’01 teaches Contracts, Commercial Law, and Topics in E-Commerce. Her expertise is on online contracting in general and software licensing in particular. Her published research has addressed online standard form contracting with delayed disclosure; contracting in the presence of seller market power; and, online dispute resolution clauses including arbitration. Her current research documents the extremely low readership rate of standard form contracts by consumers and discusses implications for regulation of standard terms. Professor Marotta-Wurgler earned a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD, cum laude, from the NYU School of Law, where she was a Robert McKay Scholar and winner of the Daniel G. Collins Prize for Excellence in Contract Law. Before joining the faculty she was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a Corporate Fellow at the Center for Corporate, Securities, and Financial Law at Fordham University School of Law, and a Leonard Wagner Fellow in Law and Business at the Pollack Center for Law and Business at NYU Law and Stern School of Business.

Ira Rubinstein (Senior Faculty Fellow)

Ira Rubinstein is a Senior Fellow at the Information Law Institute (ILI), NYU School of Law, and teaches courses in privacy law. His research interests include Internet privacy, surveillance, big data, and Internet security. Rubinstein lectures and publishes widely on issues of privacy and security and has testified before Congress on these topics five times. He previously spent 17 years in Microsoft's law department, most recently as Associate General Counsel, running the Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy group. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology. Rubinstein graduated from Yale Law School in 1985.

Jason Schultz

Jason Schultz (Faculty Fellow)

Jason M. Schultz is a Professor of Clinical Law and Director of NYU's Technology Law & Policy Clinic. His clinical projects, research, and writing primarily focus on the ongoing struggles to balance intellectual property and privacy law with the public interest in free expression, access to knowledge, and innovation in light of new technologies and the challenges they pose.

Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford (Senior Research Fellow)

Kate Crawford is a Visiting Professor at MIT's Center for Civic Media, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and a Senior Fellow at NYU's Information Law Institute. She has published widely on the social impacts of big data, and is currently writing a new book on data and power for Yale University Press. Kate was selected as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellow in 2013, where she worked on issues to do with big data, ethics and communities. She is on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development, and she is a co-director of the NSF-funded Council for Big Data, Ethics & Society.

Seda Gürses (Research Fellow)

Seda Gürses is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Media, Culture and Communications Department working on privacy, security, surveillance studies and requirements engineering. She is also a member of the Intel ISTC Center on Social Computing. Previously Seda was a post-doctoral researcher at COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography) in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the KU Leuven, where she acted as the coordinator of the interdisciplinary project SPION (Security and Privacy in Online Social Networks) funded by the Flemish Agency for Innovation in Science and Technology (IWT). Seda received her PhD at the Department of Computer Science of the KU Leuven, her Master's degree in Informatics at the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), her B.S. in Mathematics and BA in International Relations and Peace from the University of Redlands in the USA. 

Karen Levy  (Research Fellow)

Karen Levy is a postdoctoral research associate in the Media, Culture, and Communications Department and in the Information Law Institute at New York University. Karen investigates how digital tools are used to enforce laws and rules, with a particular interest in the normalization of electronic surveillance within social and organizational settings, including homes and workplaces. Her research explores how digital monitoring changes social norms around accountability, discretion, and trust. Karen's dissertation work investigates how long-haul truckers in the United States contend with legal and organizational surveillance of their work practices. Karen holds a JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University. She is also a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute.

Joris van Hoboken (Research Fellow)

Joris van Hoboken is a Microsoft Research Fellow in the Information Law Institute at New York University. His research addresses law and policy in the field of digital media, electronic communications and the internet, with a focus on privacy and freedom of expression. He is a specialist in European data protection and privacy law, search engine law and regulation and he regularly writes, teaches and presents on issues and developments in data protection, government surveillance, intermediary liability and freedom of expression on the Internet. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where he received his PhD in 2012. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom.


Elana Zeide (Research Fellow)

Elana Zeide is a Microsoft Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute and an Affiliate of the Data & Society Research Institute. She focuses on student privacy, including regulatory frameworks, information and institutional norms, and the role of private entities and public actors. Her work also explores broader issues involving automation, algorithmic accountability, and experimentation in online environments. Elana received her BA from Yale University, a J.D. and LL.M. from New York University, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She has worked as a journalist in London and New York, a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a legal analyst at Bloomberg, and a Visiting Professor at Yale University. She came to the fellowship from her own media and privacy legal practice.


Affiliated Researchers

Solon Barocas
Heather Patterson


Luke Stark (Student Fellow)

Luke Stark is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, under the supervision of Helen Nissenbaum. Luke’s research interests include the history of digital and social media, the emotional aspects of privacy and surveillance, and values in computational design; his dissertation project, "Self-Managed Feeling: Psychology and Interaction Design from Smartphones to the Anxious Seat," is a genealogy of digital mood tracking applications, and explores how psychological tools and techniques have been built into the design of the mobile device we use on a daily basis. Luke’s work has been generously funded by the National Science Foundation, the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing, and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Provost’s Global Research Initiatives.



Past Fellows and Affiliates

Gaia Bernstein: 2002-2003
Finn Brunton: 2009-2010
Amanda Conley: 2009-2010
Niva Elkin-Koren: 2004-2005
Kenneth Farrall: 2009-2011
Martin French: 2012-2013
Roger Ford: 2011-2012
Joseph Lorenzo Hall: 2011-2012
Sophie Hood: 2012-2013
Jaime Madell: 2010-2011
Alice E. Marwick: 2009-2010
Laura Moy: 2010-2011
Nathan Newman: 2012-2014
Gregory Pomerantz: 2001-2002
Sasha Romanosky: 2012-2013
Andrew Selbst: 2011-2012
Elizabeth Stark: 2008-2009
Alan Toner: 2001-2002
Vincent Toubiana: 2009-2010
Philip Weiser: Fall 2008
Dr. Tal Zarsky: 2010-2011
Malte Ziewitz: 2012-2014
Michael Zimmer: 2004-2007
Jonathan Zittrain: Spring 2008



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