I am an associate professor of law and Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School. I have a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. I had the honor of speaking at my Columbia Ph.D. commencement (click on “GSAS PHD Convocation May 17, 2015” and I begin at 21:00).
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 focused on the important question: Can we protect as private information already known to others? I argue that we can, and that the way to do it is through sociological principles of trust: I use quantitative and empirical studies alongside social and legal theory to argue that privacy law should protect relationships of trust and that disclosures made in contexts of trust are private and should be protected as such. 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 About.com, a popular news and reference website, where I am responsible for creating and managing all content related to privacy. I work with teams of students to create informative and educational content on privacy. I am also the legal editor at Towleroad (pronounced “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 learning environments for all students, 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. To that end, I have founded and run a first-of-its-kind initiative at New York Law School called the Tyler Clementi Institute for Internet Safety. Among other things, the Institute will include the only law school clinic that will represent victims of cyberharassment for free!
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