AEW NYLS Headshot 1My name is Ari Ezra Waldman. I am a law professor, a writer, an advocate for the LGBT community, and an all-around nerd.

I am an associate professor of law and Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School. I am also the Paul F. Lazardfeld fellow at Columbia University, where I am completing my doctoral studies in sociology.

My research focuses on the law and sociology of Internet life, with particular focus on the inequalities and injustices that arise in unregulated digital spaces. My dissertation is on online privacy and trust: I use quantitative and empirical studies alongside social and legal theory to argue for a reorientation of privacy law around sociological principles of trust. I have spoken and published widely on cyberharassment, social network privacy, and LGBT youth.

In addition to my work at NYLS, I am the Privacy Expert for, a popular news and reference website, where I am responsible for creating and managing all content related to privacy. I am also the legal editor at Towleroad (pronounced like “toll road”), an award-winning and widely read LGBT-oriented news and politics site, where I write a weekly general audience column on gay rights. You can find my articles here.

I am also on the Board of Trustees of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which is working hard to create safe schools for all students coming of age in schools, to eradicate antigay harassment and cyberbullying, and to ensure a safe Internet for all. It is a privilege to work with the Clementi family, help run the Foundation, and develop programs to raise money to realize our vision.

Prior to beginning my law teaching career, I practiced law at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where I focused on intellectual property litigation, and at Winston & Strawn LLP, where I was an appellate litigator. I clerked at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. I am a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (2002) and a graduate of Harvard Law School (2005). I also have an M.Phil. from Columbia University (2014) and will be defending my Ph.D. dissertation in 2015.

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