Katherine Strandburg (Director)

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.

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Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (Faculty Fellow)

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler teaches and does research on Internet and consumer standard form contracts, and privacy. Her published research has addressed online standard form contracting with delayed disclosure, contracting in the presence of seller market power, and dispute resolution clauses in consumer standard form contracts. Her work also documents the extremely low readership rate of standard form contracts by consumers and discusses implications for regulation of standard terms, such as the effectiveness of mandated disclosure regimes. Her current research focuses on a large empirical project on online privacy policies, disclosure, and the effectiveness of the Federal Trade Commission's enforcement actions against firms for privacy violations.

Ira Rubinstein (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.

Helen Nissenbaum (Faculty Partner, Cornell Tech)

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech. Her research takes an ethical perspectives on policy, law, science, and engineering relating to information technology, computing, digital media and data science. Topics have included privacy, trust, accountability, security, and values in technology design. Her books include Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015) and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010). Grants from the NSF, AFOSR, and the U.S. DHHS-ONC have supported her work. Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software, including TrackMeNot and AdNauseam. Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) in philosophy and mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

Helen is the former director of the Information Law Institute at NYU School of Law and the founder of the Privacy Research Group. 

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.

Yafit Lev-Aretz (Research Fellow)

Yafit Lev-Aretz is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Information Law Institute and an adjunct professor at the Media, Culture, and Communications Department at New York University. As the digital environment constantly evolves, Yafit studies self-regulatory regimes set by private entities and the legal vacuum they create. She is especially interested in the growing use of algorithmic decision-making, choice architecture in the age of big data, and the ethical challenges posed by machine learning and artificially intelligent systems. Her research also highlights the legal treatment of beneficial uses of data, such as data philanthropy and the data for good movement, striving to strike a delicate balance between privacy protection and competing values. Previously, Yafit was an intellectual property fellow at the Kernochan Center for the Law, Media, and the Arts at Columbia University, where she analyzed online practices from copyright and trademark law perspectives. Yafit holds an SJD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an LLM from Columbia Law School, and an LLB from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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Amanda Levendowski (Research Fellow)

Amanda Levendowski is a Teaching Fellow with NYU's Technology Law & Policy Clinic. Her clinical projects and research primarily address the development of practical, usable approaches to digital problems. Before joining NYU Law, she worked as an associate with Cooley LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where her practice focused on trademark, copyright, free speech, and privacy matters. She received her J.D. from NYU Law, where she received the Walter J. Derenberg Prize in copyright law. 

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Madelyn R. Sanfilippo (Research Fellow)

Madelyn R. Sanfilippo is as a postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Information Law Institute at New York University. Her research fundamentally addresses legal, social, and political issues surrounding information and information technology access, applying a social informatics perspective, particularly as it relates to unequal outcomes regarding interactions between policies, institutions, and information. She studied Political Science, International Studies, Spanish, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison as an undergraduate and completed her masters and doctoral studies in Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington’s School of Informatics and Computing.


Dr Julia Powles (Research Fellow)

Julia Powles is a research fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute as well as at Cornell Tech, New York City’s bold new academic-tech research hub. Her research focuses on the law and politics of technology, bringing expertise in privacy, data protection, intellectual property, and internet regulation. Prior to coming to New York, Julia was a postdoctoral fellow in law and computer science at the University of Cambridge, a policy fellow and contributing editor at The Guardian newspaper, and speechwriter for the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. She has worked as a lawyer, scientific researcher, and clerked in the Federal Court of Australia and Administrative Appeal Tribunal. A former Commonwealth Scholar, Julia holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Cambridge, a B.C.L. (master’s in law) from the University of Oxford, and undergraduate honors degrees in science from the Australian National University and law from the University of Western Australia. 

Ignacio Cofone (Research Fellow)

Ignacio is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Information Law Institute and a visiting fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. His research focuses on information privacy law and behavioral economics. Before joining NYU Law, he worked as a legal advisor to the City of Buenos Aires and taught at Yale University (Teaching Fellow), Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Palermo, and Torcuato Di Tella University. He obtained his law degree (Bar Award for academic excellence) from Austral University, an M.A. (Economic Analysis of Law, with distinction) from the University of Bologna, a joint Ph.D. (Economics) from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Hamburg University, where he was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

John Nay (Research Fellow)

John is a Research Fellow at the NYU Information Law Institute and an Affiliate at the Harvard University Berkman Klein Center. He conducts research on machine learning methods for prediction and explanation, primarily applied to policy related issues, including natural language processing of legal and regulatory texts, forecasting of policy-making outcomes, computer simulations of behavior in prediction markets, and predictive models of cooperation. John received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.


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Student Fellows

Eli Siems (Student Fellow Coordinator)

Eli Siems is a 2L at NYU Law. He came to NYU to pursue a public interest career in defense, criminal justice reform, and social and economic justice policy. His primary research interest is Fourth Amendment law and electronic surveillance. He is currently a staff editor on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, a member of the Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic, a research assistant to Professor Katherine Strandburg, and the Student Fellow Coordinator at the NYU Information Law Institute.

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Nate Tisa (Student Fellow)

Nate Tisa is an ASPIRE Cyber Law Fellow and second-year student at New York University School of Law. Prior to law school he worked as a cybersecurity analyst within Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Threat Intelligence and Analytics group, through which he gained first-hand experience on the cutting edge of private sector use of technology to protect customer data. Nate received his BS in International Relations from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he served as student body president and studied the normative social roots of international conflict. His research interests include civil liberties and privacy norms in the national security context. 

Kathryn Morris (Student Fellow)

Kathryn Morris is a second-year student at NYU Law. Prior to law school, she worked for the FBI in the FOIA and Privacy Act Program, where she analyzed investigative records for classified and sensitive information prior to public disclosure. This past summer, Kathryn was a research assistant in the NIH Bioethics Program and interned with the Privacy Office at UNC Health Care System. She is currently serving a year-long externship with the Policing Project and is a staff editor for the Annual Survey of American Law. Her research interests include the privacy implications for novel uses of medical and health data by law enforcement.

Emiliano Falcon (Student Fellow)
Emiliano Falcon is an LLM student at NYU Law. Prior to his graduate studies in the law school, he worked as a legal coordinator in the Secretariat of Communications and served as the Secretary General of the former Federal Authority of Information and Communication Technology in Argentina. Moreover, he worked as an associate at various private law firms. Emiliano received his first law degree as an Abogado at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where he graduated summa cum laude, and then completed a Master in Administrative Law at the Universidad Austral. His interests include the laws and regulations of the digital economy, data privacy, internet governance and the information and communication technologies infrastructure.
Alexia Ramirez (Student Fellow)
Alexia Ramirez is a second year student at New York University School of Law. She is a proponent of the normative value of privacy and her interests include how civil liberties, especially privacy, are affected by our increasingly technological world. In particular, she focuses on how legal doctrines should evolve to address the ill effects of surveillance and wrongful searches, often facilitated by emerging technology. Before law school, Alexia attended Brown University where she received her BA in Political Theory. During her time there, she worked as a research assistant at the Watson Institute examining domestic surveillance reform. She also interned at the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project where she assisted litigation and advocacy efforts

Rachel Brooke (Student Fellow)

Rachel Brooke is a 2L at NYU Law. Prior to coming to law school, she worked in book publishing at a New York City literary agency for several years. Rachel is an alumna of Oberlin College, where she studied English and French literature. Her interests include the changing landscape of copyright law and big data privacy issues.   



Alumni Fellows and Student Fellows



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