People

Katherine Strandburg

Katherine Strandburg (Director)
katherine.strandburg@nyu.edu

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

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler (Faculty Fellow)
wurglerf@mercury.law.nyu.edu

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

Ira Rubinstein (Faculty Fellow)
ira.rubinstein@nyu.edu

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.schultz@nyu.edu

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

Helen Nissenbaum (Faculty Partner, Cornell Tech)
helen.nissenbaum@nyu.edu hn288@cornell.edu

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. 

Albert Fox Cahn

Albert Fox Cahn (ILI Practitioner-in-Residence)

Albert Fox Cahn is the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project's (S.T.O.P.'s) founder and executive director, and he is also a fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project and Ashoka.  Albert is a frequent commentator on civil rights, privacy, and technology matters.  He is a contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Guardian, WIRED, Slate, NBC Think, Newsweek, and dozens of other publications.  Albert previously served as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he advised Fortune 50 companies on technology policy, antitrust law, and consumer privacy. In addition, to his work at S.T.O.P., Albert serves on the New York Immigration Coalition's Immigrant Leaders Council, the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund's Advisory Council, and is an editorial board member for the Anthem Ethics of Personal Data Collection.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law & Policy Review), and his B.A. in Politics and Philosophy in Brandeis University.

Sebastian Bernthall

Sebastian Benthall (Senior Research Fellow)

Sebastian Benthall is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.  He is developing heterogeneous agent modeling techniques to study the relationship between the economy of personal data, the real economy, and the financial system.  He is also interested in software accountability and internet governance.

Aniket Kesari

Aniket Kesari (ILI Fellow)

Aniket is a Research Fellow at New York University's Information Law Institute.  His research interests are at the intersection of privacy/cybercrime, consumer protection, and data science. He is an interdisciplinary scholar, drawing on methods and tools from economics, political science, data science and law to tackle empirical questions in privacy.  During his graduate career he was a Google Public Policy Fellow at Engine, a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago, and a scholar at UC Berkeley's Social Science D-Lab and a visiting research fellow at ETH Zurich's Center for Law & Economics.  He was also a lecturer for UC Berkeley's new Computational Social Science Training Program, for which he developed a yearlong doctoral course covering reproducibility, machine learning, natural language processing, and causal inference.  He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Rutgers University - New Brunswick, a PhD from UC Berkeley Law where he specialized in Law & Economics, and will earn his JD from Yale University. 

Elettra Bietti

Elettra Bietti (ILI Fellow)

Elettra is a joint Postdoctoral Fellow at the NYU School of Law and the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech in New York. Her research is on data law, antitrust law and market regulation as they play out in the platform economy. She recently defended an SJD dissertation "Law, Freedom and Power in the Digital Platform Economy" at Harvard Law School where her primary advisor was Professor Yochai Benkler. Elettra is affiliated to the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, to the Information Society Project at Yale Law School as well as to Information Society Law Center at the University of Milan. She sometimes advises and collaborates with civil society. Prior to academica, she was a competition and intellectual property lawyer in London and Brussels, handling corporate transactions and patent disputes. She holds an LLB from University College London (2011), and LLM from Harvard Law School (2012), a Diploma in IP Law and Practice from Oxford University (2016) and an SJD from Harvard Law School (2022).

 
David Stein

David Stein (ILI Fellow)

David is an ILI Fellow at NYU Law. Before coming to NYU, David spent a decade working in the tech industry, including roles leading cybersecurity and conducting privacy and AI research at Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, directing the engineering department at Braze, and building products and analytics systems at Dropbox and Foursquare. David studied computer science at MIT, where his research focused on robotics and satellite design.

Gabriel Nicholas

Gabriel Nicholas (ILI Resident Affiliate)

Gabriel Nicholas is a Joint Non-Resident Research Fellow at the New York University's Information Law Institute and the Center for Cybersecurity. He is also a researcher at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a tech policy think tank and advocacy group based in Washington D.C. His research focuses on content moderation, tech competition, and algorithmic explainability. Gabriel holds an M.S. in Information Management and Systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information and a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Tufts University. Previously, he worked as a developer and technical lead at Yahoo. His written work has appeared in The Washington Post, Wired, Slate, and The Boston Globe.

Kathryn Taylor

Kathryn Taylor (Student Fellow Coordinator)

Kathryn is a JD candidate at NYU Law. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in International Studies and Computer Science, and subsequently worked in cyber, technology, and data policy at the Harvard Privacy Tools Project, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Goldman Sachs. She spent her 1L summer with Access Now's U.S. Policy team and her 2L summer with Morrison & Foerster's Privacy & Data Security practice.

Stav Zeitouni

Stav Zeitouni (JSD Fellow)

Stav is a JSD student at NYU Law. Prior to her graduate studies, she spent a year in Israel's Ministry of Justice, interning in the Office of the Attorney General. She received her undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) in law and psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Stav's research interests include the impact of psychological conceptualizations of privacy and property on technology, and the intersection of copyright and privacy.

Headshot of student Ngozi Nwanta.

Ngozi Nwanta (JSD Fellow)

Ngozi is a JSD student from Nigeria researching on governance of digital identifiable information in credit markets and their implications for financial inclusion and development. She holds an LLM from NYU Law School during which she worked on grassroot contestations involving digital identification schemes in West Africa as well as data governance platforms involving the use of blockchain as a trust architecture for biometric identification systems. Ngozi has worked with the Doing Business unit of the World Bank as an NYU IFD fellow. Prior to her graduate studies at NYU, she worked as a corporate and dispute resolution lawyer in Nigeria and received a Bachelor of Laws degree (first class honors) from the University of Nigeria.

Headshot of student Tomer Kenneth.

Tomer Kenneth (JSD Fellow)
tomer.kenneth@law.nyu.edu

Tomer Kenneth is a JSD Candidate from Israel. He received an LL.M. in Legal Theory from NYU School of Law in 2019, where he was awarded the Dean’s Graduate Award. Before joining NYU, Tomer served as a Clerk for the Hon. Justice Salim Joubran, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Israel. Tomer completed his first law degree (LL.B., cum laude) from the Interdisciplinary Center (Herzliya, Israel). He served as the Editor of IDC's Law and Business Law Review and held research and teaching assistant positions in various legal fields. Amongst others, Tomer worked with Professor Amnon Rubinstein as a research assistant and book-editor. Mr. Kenneth is a member of the Israeli Bar since 2017 and a JSD Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute since 2020. Tomer’s primary academic interests include democratic theories, jurisprudence, epistemology, public law, and law and technology. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Chasing Veritas: A Study of Political-Truths and How to Determine them.” It confronts legal and political challenges posed by the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ and ‘misinformation,’ and explores how democracies should determine the truths upon which political decisions are made.

Headshot of student Kat Geddes.

Kat Geddes (JSD Fellow)

Kat Geddes is a JSD student at NYU Law, researching algorithmic governance and the impact of automated decision-making on individualized justice. Prior to NYU, she worked as a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School, focusing on patent law reform and access to medicines in developing countries. She holds an LLM from Cambridge University, and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Photo of student Justin Lee.

Justin Lee (Student Fellow)

Justin Lee is a JD candidate at NYU Law.  Before law school, he was a marketing consultant with defense industry clientele.  He also worked in federal legislative affairs, which included time in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and years as a member of a policy think tank’s lobbying team.  He is interested in the use of personal data and artificial intelligence in advertising and government surveillance.  He earned a B.A. cum laude with distinction in Government from Cornell University.  He will be joining Kelley Drye & Warren after graduation.

Kiana Boroumand

Kiana Boroumand (Student Fellow)

Kiana Boroumand is a JD candidate at the NYU School of Law. Her current research interests include the intersections of data governance and privacy rights. Prior to law school, she attended the University of Bristol as a Fulbright Scholar to the UK and completed a master's degree in Socio-Legal Studies. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and English Literature from the Johns Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of numerous research and academic achievement awards. Her work has appeared in Social Politics (Oxford University Press) and the Yale Law and Political Economy Project.

Justin Jin

Justin Jin (Student Fellow)

Justin is a JD candidate at NYU Law, interested in digital civil society and the intersection of social movements with privacy. Before law school, he worked on a project studying the implementation of digital identity systems in Europe and wrote his thesis on the role of privacy and digital platforms in Hong Kong's 2019 protest movement. He received a B.A. in political science from Yale University.

Andrew Lin

Andrew Lin (Student Fellow)

Andrew Lin is a JD Candidate at NYU School of Law.  He is interested in how businesses and governments leverage big data to inform decision-making, with an emphasis on data governance and fidelity. Previously, he was a business intelligence engineer at Amazon, covering international expansion and consulting partners for AWS Marketplace.  He graduated from Duke University with a BS in Economics.

Toni Xu

Toni Xu (Student Fellow)

Toni Xu is a JD candidate at NYU School of Law. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in history, and focused on modern and contemporary history of technology. Prior to law school, she worked in the government relations department of VMware, and the legal and operations departments of the sales AI startup Collective[i]. Currently, her interests include digital IP law, privacy law, and public-private sector attitudes towards shaping tech policy.

Eunice Park

Eunice Park (Student Fellow)

Eunice is a JD candidate at NYU Law. She graduated from Amherst College with a double major in sociology and computer science. Prior to attending NYU Law, Eunice spent several years in the tech industry as a software engineer. Her goal is to work on issues at the intersection of technology and civil liberties, with a focus on technologies most harmful to marginalized communities. Her interests include surveillance technology, algorithmic justice, and data privacy. 

Cade Mallett

Cade Mallett (Student Fellow)

Cade Mallett is a JD candidate at NYU School of Law. Originally from Los Alamos, New Mexico, Cade received a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2020 from UCLA. After graduating, he worked on data-driven population health projects at a healthcare software company in Wisconsin, captained the Expunge Assist team of the Hack for Los Angeles civic volunteer group, and became a registered patent practitioner. Cade is currently a Desmarais Scholar and John Sexton Scholar of Law. While at NYU he hopes to pursue interests in open source technology, intellectual property, and digital infrastructure.

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi (Student Fellow)
 
Aditya is a JD candidate at NYU Law. Before coming to NYU, Aditya spent five years working in the technology industry, including roles building cybersecurity products and working in the advertising technology space. He came to law school to study technology regulation and is interested in privacy, antitrust, and intellectual property law. Aditya studied physics and computer science at Princeton and wrote his senior thesis on quantum computing.
Batya Kemper
Batya Kemper (Student Fellow)
 
Batya Kemper is a JD candidate at NYU Law. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in History from Barnard College in 2020, where she wrote her thesis on Soviet cyber policy and the role of computer networks in the fall of the Soviet Union. After college, Batya served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Santa Barbara Public Defender, where she managed and tracked data and served as a privacy compliance officer for their Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). In her 1L summer she interned at the Center for Democracy and Technology on their Security and Surveillance team, and in her 2L summer she will be at Stroock.
Nicholas Tilmes

Nicholas Tilmes (Student Fellow)

Nicholas is a JD candidate at NYU Law. His research interests include digital technology regulation and the normative justifications of algorithmic fairness methods. Prior to law school, he spent two years working as Program Manager and Research Assistant for the Center for Bioethics, focusing on the ethics of artificial intelligence and neurotechnology. He completed a master’s degree in Bioethics at NYU and holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology
from Cornell University.

Jacob Leiken

Jacob Leiken (Student Fellow)

Jacob is a JD candidate at NYU Law, interested in digital civil liberties. Before law school, he worked as a software engineer at Microsoft on the Windows Engineering System. There, he worked on the full stack of numerous services with an emphasis on developer operations. He graduated from Brown University with an Sc.B. in Computer Science.

Stephanie Shim

Stephanie Shim (Student Fellow)

Stephanie is a JD candidate at the NYU School of Law. Prior to law school, Stephanie’s work centered on patent clearance and litigation. She studied History and East Asian Studies at Stanford where she graduated with University Distinction. Stephanie also worked as a research assistant for the “Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) Litigation Database Project” at the Stanford Law School. Together with her research team, she co-authored a law journal article, grown out of this project, that expanded on a machine learning approach to patent clearance. Driven by her focus on issues surrounding human-computer interaction, privacy compliance, and legal tech, Stephanie is deeply interested in the spaces of technology and intellectual property law.

Jacob Park

Jacob Park (Student Fellow)

Jacob Park is a JD candidate at NYU Law. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in political science. A tech enthusiast for over a decade, he has spent several years researching and applying various techniques to enhance his personal digital security and privacy. He came to law school to study intellectual property, privacy, and immigration law. His interests include surveillance technology, security/privacy threat modeling, and data breach notification laws.

Stephanie Chen

Stephanie Chen (Student Fellow)

Stephanie is a JD candidate at NYU School of Law. Prior to law school, she worked for several years as a software engineer in the tech industry. Her interests include privacy, artificial intelligence, and platform governance. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science. 

Cooper Aspegren

Cooper Aspegren (Student Fellow)

Cooper Aspegren is a JD Candidate at NYU School of Law. Prior to law school, he worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture, where he used data to recommend customer acquisition and operational improvement strategies for clients in healthcare, life sciences, technology, and consumer goods. He also supported research at the Center for Cybersecurity at the UC Berkeley School of Information into how technology companies disclose privacy risks in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley.

Talya Nevins

Talya Nevins (Student Fellow)

Talya Nevins is a JD candidate at NYU School of Law with an interest in consumer data privacy, state surveillance, and data governance. She graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with an A.B. in Near Eastern Studies. At NYU, she is a Joyce Lowinson scholar with the Institute for International Law and Justice and Co-President of the student advocacy group Rights over Tech.

 

ILI Fellow Alums

Student Fellow Alums

  • Andrew Mather: 2021-2022
  • Margarita Boyarskaya: 2021-2022
  • Apurva Panse: 2021-2022
  • Talya Whyte: 2021-2022
  • Molly de Blanc: 2021-2022
  • Corey Berman: 2021-2022
  • Eunice Ju: 2021-2022
  • Maxwell Votey: 2021-2022
  • Nicholas Tonchkens: 2021-2022
  • Danya Amir: 2021-2022
  • Lokesh Bulcahndani: 2021-2022
  • Uria Beeri: 2021-2022
  • Lorna Mosher: 2021-2022
  • Sergi Galvez Duran: 2021-2022
  • Natasha Petrof: 2021-2022
  • Ge'ez Engidashet: 2021-2022
  • Raisa Adila Andomi: 2021-2022
  • Chirag Jain: 2021-2022
  • Val Bianchi-Demicheli: 2021-2022
  • Chen Shaham Assia: 2021-2022
  • Jacob Golan: 2020-2021
  • Jacob Apkon: 2018-2021
  • Thomas McBrien: 2018-2021
  • Kuan-Hsin (Grace) Huang: 2018-2020
  • Ginny Kozemczak: 2019-2020
  • Cassi Carley: 2018-2019
  • Alexia Ramirez: 2017-2019
  • Nate Tisa: 2017-2018
  • Kathryn Morris: 2017-2018
  • Emiliano Falcon: 2017-2018
  • Paula Kift: 2014-2016
  • Alex Lipton: 2014-2016
  • Robyn Caplan: 2015-2016
  • Clay Venetis: 2015-2016
  • Erin Bansal: 2014-2016
  • Dan Rudofsky: 2014-2016
  • Jaime Madell: 2010-2011
  • Laura Moy: 2010-2011
  • Amanda Conley: 2009-2010
  • Gregory Pomerantz: 2001-2002

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Nicole Arzt
NYU School of Law
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