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.
My work centers on the law and sociology of Internet life, with particular focus on the inequalities and injustices that arise in unregulated digital spaces. My dissertation asked: 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 disclosures made in contexts of trust are private and should be protected as such. I have spoken and published widely on privacy, cyberharassment, intellectual property, information policy, and the LGBT community.
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 CyberSafety. Among other things, the Institute will include the only law school clinic that will represent victims of cyberharassment for free!
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