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.



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 3L 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, competition, and free speech.

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 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. 

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.

David Stein

David Stein (Student Fellow)

David is 2L 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 second-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 3L 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.

Headshot of student Nicholas Tonckens.

Nicholas Tonckens (Student Fellow)

Nicholas Tonckens is a 2L at NYU Law.  He graduated from Bowdoin College as a double major in Government and Legal Studies and Russian Language and Literature, and subsequently worked as a Program Manager at the Mentor Group, a legal think tank specializing in technology, privacy, and national security law. He spent his 1L summer at digital rights group Access Now, and during his 2L year will serve as a Student Scholar at the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU Law. He is particularly interested in the constitutional dimensions of digital surveillance.

Headshot of student Jacob Golan.

Jacob Golan (Student Fellow)

Jacob Golan is currently a J.D. candidate at NYU School of Law, interested in the intersection of genomics and intellectual property. He received a B.S. from Duke University in Biology and Geology, and a Ph.D. in genomics and biophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also worked for the past five years as a patent clerk for the USDA Forest Service and APHIS Patent Programs.


Photo of student Justin Lee.

Justin Lee (Student Fellow)

Justin Lee is a 1L 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 government’s efforts to harness and regulate digital data collection and its growth in the government relations industry.  He earned a B.A. cum laude with distinction in Government from Cornell University.  

Headshot of student Andrew Mather.

Andrew Mather (Student Fellow)

Andrew Mather is 2L at NYU Law. He received a B.S. in symbolic systems from Stanford University in 2016, where he studied at the intersection of computer science, philosophy, and economics. Andrew then spent two years in the technology industry, working on big data and cybersecurity-related projects at Accenture. Andrew hopes to practice at the intersection of technology and law and spent his 1L summer at TechGC as an inaugural member of the NYU Law Venture Fund's internship program.

Headshot of student Kevin Fodouop.


Kevin Kuate Fodouop (Student Fellow)

Kevin is a 1L at NYU Law. His prior background is in computer science and statistics, and before law school he worked in Tech as a Product Manager and Growth Marketer. He is interested in the intersection between international law, tech law, and administrative law and in the comparative analysis of models of technology governance promoted by China, Europe, and the US.

Headshot of student Emmett Weiss.


Emmett Weiss (Student Fellow)

Emmett Weiss is currently a J.D. candidate at NYU School of Law. He graduated from Vassar College with a major in Science, Technology & Society. Prior to NYU Law, he won a fellowship through Stanford and Peking University and studied technology standards between the U.S. and China. Mr. Weiss is interested in the intersection of law, technology, and Asia.

Danya Amir (Student Fellow)

Danya is an LL.M. candidate at NYU law. Her interests include regulating consumer privacy, online speech, big data and algorithms decisions making. Before coming to NYU, Danya clerked for the head of the Tel Aviv District’s Mandatory Court Mediation Program, and worked in the dispute resolution field. Danya completed her first law degree (LL.B.) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was an editorial member at "Mishpatim Law Review".





ILI Fellow Alums

Student Fellow Alums

  • 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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