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.

Ashley Gorham (Research Fellow)

Ashley E. Gorham is a doctoral student in political theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, “Information and Democracy: A Critical Reappraisal for the Internet Age,” examines hacktivism through the lens of political theory. Her work has been published in The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies and Development, Limn, and PS: Political Science and Politics. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she will also be serving as an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.


Mason Marks (Research Fellow)

Mason Marks is a joint research fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law School and the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech. He has been a visiting fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project since 2017. Mason conducts research on health law, data privacy, and FDA regulation. He is interested in the application of artificial intelligence to clinical decision-making in medicine, how emerging technologies such as big data and machine learning disrupt traditional flows of health information, and how European and American privacy laws affect the collection and processing of health data. Mason received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School. He is a member of the California Bar and practiced intellectual property law in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to law school, he received his M.D. from Tufts University and his B.A. in Biology from Amherst College.

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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. 



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. 

John Nay (Research Fellow)

John is an Adjunct Professor at NYU. He conducts research on machine learning methods for prediction and explanation, primarily applied to policy related issues, including natural language processing of policy-making and regulatory texts, forecasting of policy-making outcomes, computer simulations of behavior in prediction markets, and predictive models of cooperation.

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.

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.


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Student Fellows

Eli Siems (Student Fellow Coordinator)

Eli Siems is a 3L at NYU Law and is pursuing a career in public defense. His primary research interests are Fourth Amendment law and criminal justice reform. He is currently a Senior Articles Editor on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, a member of the Juvenile Defender Clinic, a research assistant to Professor Katherine Strandburg, and the Student Fellow Coordinator at the NYU Information Law Institute.



Cassi Carley (Student Fellow)

Cassi Carley is a first-year student at NYU Law. Prior to law school, Cassi finished her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Duke. Cassi is also a Fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology and is an alumnus of Duke’s Moral AI  esearch group. She is the founder and President of Ethical Tech, in which she worked on material for training judges on algorithms and their impacts and the current team is now working to create an Ethical Tech 101 curriculum. Cassi is interested in algorithmic justice.

Tomer Kenneth (Student Fellow)

Tomer Kenneth is an LL.M student of the Legal Theory Program at NYU School of Law. Before his graduate legal studies, he clerked for the Hon. Justice Jubran, Deputy President of the Israeli Supreme Court. Tomer received his LL.B (cum laude) from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) (Herzliya, Israel) and is a member of the Israeli Bar. He worked with Prof. Amnon Rubinstein as a research assistant and editor of his book "Tribes of Israel: Together and Apart - Liberalism and Multiculturalism in The Jewish State." Tomer also served as an associate editor of IDC's Law and Business Law Review and worked as a teaching and research assistant in several fields. His primary research interests include the legal philosophy, truth in law and legal implications of information technology.

Rachel Brooke (Student Fellow)

Rachel Brooke is a 3L 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

Past Student Fellows

  • Nate Tisa: 2017-2018
  • Kathryn Morris: 2017-2018
  • Emiliano Falcon: 2017-2018
  • Alexia Ramirez 2017-2019



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