Katherine Strandburg

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.

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler

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

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

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.



Salome Viljoen

Salome Viljoen (Research Fellow)


Salome is a Research Fellow at NYU's Information Law Institute as well as at Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative. She is also an Affiliate and former Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Salome’s research focuses on the intersection between law, technology and inequality, and draws together interdisciplinary approaches from economics, law, and legal philosophy. She studies how the law governing the data economy structures current data collection and sharing practices, and explores the empirical and normative underpinnings of current data regimes as well as proposed alternatives. She also studies the distributive impacts of privacy and cybersecurity law.


Salome was previously an associate at Fenwick and West, LLP, where she worked with technology company clients on a broad variety of matters. She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MsC from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Economy with minors in Mathematics and History from Georgetown University. 

Sebastian Benthall


Sebastian Benthall (Research Fellow)

Sebastian Benthall is a security scientist working at the intersection of computer science, economics, law, and philosophy. He is a Research Scholar at NYU's Information Law Institute and Center for Cybersecurity. His current interests are around compliance engineering and data economics. He has worked at the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech. Before becoming a scientist, Sebastian managed the development of spatial data infrastructure for global coordination around disaster risk reduction. He holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Brown University and is completing his PhD at UC Berkeley's School of Information.

Aaron Shapiro

Aaron Shapiro (Research Fellow)

Aaron Shapiro received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication and will start as an assistant professor of technology studies in the Department of Communication at UNC Chapel Hill in Fall 2020. His research and teaching focus on cities, technology, and inequality, with an additional interest in the theory and practice of media production. His book Design, Control, Predict: Logistical Governance in the Smart City is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. His current work addresses the relationship between financialization and technology through the lens of real estate and property management technologies. 

Mark Verstraete

Mark Verstraete (Research Fellow)

Mark Verstraete is a Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law School. His research assesses how emerging technology and the information society reshape private law concepts. Prior to joining NYU, he was a Research Fellow at University of Arizona College of Law and an affiliate of University of Arizona’s Center for Digital Society and Data Studies. He studied Philosophy in college and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Gabriel Nicholas

Gabriel Nicholas (ILI Fellow)

Gabriel Nicholas is a joint research fellow at NYU's Information Law Institute and Center for Cybersecurity. He is also a fellow at NYU's Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy. His research focuses on 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 WiredSlate, and The Boston Globe, and he is a contributor at the LA Review of Books.

Tom McBrien

Tom McBrien (Student Fellow Coordinator)

Tom is a 2L at NYU Law. Prior to coming to law school, he worked at a homeless services center and at a technology company. Tom studied biology and English literature at the University of Michigan. His interests include the intersection of privacy and competition.

Dan Schiano

Daniel Schiano (Student Fellow)

Daniel Schiano is a first-year J.D. student at NYU Law. He holds a BA in political science from Haverford College. Before coming to NYU, he worked as a direct services paralegal in Philadelphia. He is interested in the economic and political impact of privacy and surveillance issues on American society.


Stav Zeitouni

Stav Zeitouni (Student Fellow)

Stav is an LLM student in the Legal Theory program 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.

Margarita Boyarskaya

Margarita Boyarskaya (Student Fellow)

Margarita Boyarskaya is a PhD student at NYU Stern Technology, Operations, and Statistics group working on causal models for algorithmic fairness. She holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in theoretical mathematics from Moscow State University. Previously, Margarita was an intern with the FATE group at Microsoft Research.

Grace Huang

Kuan-Hsin Huang (Grace) (Student Fellow)

Grace is an NYU LL.M student and a research assistant at Guarini Global Law and Tech. Upon her graduation from LL.B at National Chengchi University (valedictorian), Grace was admitted to practice and awarded full scholarship from the Ministry of Education. During her graduate study at National Chengchi University Business School, Grace was a research assistant in Academia Sinica and worked with NGOs for digital privacy advocacy. Grace’s interest includes digital surveillance, disinformation, and democracy.

David Stein

David Stein (Student Fellow)

David is 1L 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.

Maxwell Votey

Maxwell Votey (Student Fellow)

Maxwell Votey is a first year law student at NYU School of Law. Prior to attending NYU Law Maxwell worked as a quality assurance engineer for Ring, the smart home security company. Maxwell is interested in pursuing research at the intersection of law, technology, and human rights. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and attended Wesleyan University as an undergraduate.


Jacob Apkon (Student Fellow)

Jacob Apkon received his B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University. After graduation, he worked at a tech startup as a software engineer building automation systems for Fortune 500 companies. He is now a 2L interested in speech and privacy, as well as automation policy. He spent his 1L summer working in public policy at the Washington, D.C. office of the Brennan Center for Justice.

Ginny Kozemczak (Student Fellow)
Ginny Kozemczak is a third-year J.D. candidate at Cardozo Law School who is passionate about the intersection between human rights and technology. During law school, she interned with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Prior to law school, she worked for Open Society Foundations and Legal Services NYC in advocacy roles. She also holds a master's degree in Human Rights from Columbia University and a bachelor of fine arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


ILI Fellow Alums

Student Fellow Alums

  • 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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