Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop

The Innovation Center for Law and Technology
at New York Law School


The Center on Law and Information Policy
at Fordham University School of Law

were pleased to issue a Call for Papers for the inaugural Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop, which took place at New York Law School on October 20, 2017.

The Workshop offered privacy scholars from diverse fields the opportunity to receive extensive, constructive commentary on their works-in-progress. We invited submissions on a variety of privacy-related topics and from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, law, social science, computer science, engineering, communications, and public policy.

The Workshop format was designed to facilitate discussion and commentary on papers that could benefit from them. Therefore, the Workshop gave preference to projects and papers that were sufficiently along to be read and critiqued, but not yet submitted for publication. There were no presentations, only commentators and feedback from participants. Participants were expected to read all papers beforehand. Also, because feedback from a broad range of disciplines was important for interdisciplinary privacy scholarship, we asked that all participants stay for the entire one-day workshop.


Important Dates:

Abstracts due: August 20, 2017, by 5 PM

Authors of accepted papers notified by: September 6, 2017, by 5 PM

Papers due and commentators assigned: September 20, 2017, by 5 PM

To submit your Abstract, please click here.

The Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop took place at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, in the Matasar Commons on the 2nd Floor.


830-915 AM Registration, Breakfast, and Welcome
915-930 AM Welcome
930-1015 AM Anti-Discriminatory Privacy by Ignacio Cofone, NYU ILI
(Commentator: Laurent A. Sacharoff)
1015-1030 AM Privacy and Synthetic Datasets by Nathan Reitinger, Preetam Dutta, and Steven M. Bellovin, Columbia University
(Commentator: James Grimmelmann)
1030-1045 AM Break
1045-1130 AM Big Brothers and Little Sisters by Marjolein Lanzing, Eindhoven University of Technology
(Commentator: Angela Campbell)
1130 AM – 1215 PM (Ab)Use of Consumer Information: How Can Companies Use Consumer Information by Kirsten Martin, GWU School of Business
(Commentator: Joe Turow)
1215-115 PM LUNCH
115-2 PM The Investigative Dynamics of the Use of Malware by Law Enforcement by Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center
(Commentator: Sarah Lageson)
2-245 PM Reap What You Sow? The Privacy of Agricultural Data by Karen Levy, Solon Barocas, & Alexandra Mateescu, Cornell University
(Commentator: Kiel Brennan-Marquez)
245-3 PM Break
3-315 PM Privacy and Access in Criminal Defense by Rebecca Wexler
(Commentator: Marc Blitz)
315-4 PM The Duty of Data Security by William McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School
(Commentator: Andrea Matwyshyn)
4-415 PM Privacy, Ethics, and High Dimensional Social Science Data: A Case Study of the Fragile Families Challenge by Ian Lundberg, Princeton University
(Commentator: Joshua Kroll, UC Berkeley)
415-430 PM Break
430-515 PM Data Philanthropy by Yafit Lev-Aretz, NYU ILI
(Commentator: Kurt Wimmer)
515-6 PM Privacy and Power in New Contractual Forms by Mark Verstraete, University of Arizona
(Commentator: Roger Ford)
6-7 PM Closing Cocktail Reception


New York Law School is located at 185 West Broadway in Manhattan. It is near several subways: the 1 at Franklin St. (1 block away); the 1, 2, 3  at Chambers St. (5 blocks away); and the A, C, E  at Canal St. (4 blocks away). You can even take the 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall and walk west for about 5 minutes.


Public Transportation:

From anywhere in New York City: Best to take the subway. See above.

From Long Island: The Long Island Railroad (of Palsgraf fame) runs into New York Penn Station (of depressing architecture fame). From Penn Station, take either the A, C, or E downtown to Canal St. or the 1, 2, or 3 downtown to Franklin St. or Chambers St.

From New Jersey: Depending on where you live, you can take NJ Transit Rail or Bus, the Path Train, or even the Suburban Transit bus line. NJ Transit runs into Penn Station at 34th Street. Buses run into the Port Authority at 42nd Street. Both are on the 1, 2, 3 and the A, C,  E. The Path Train can take you to Christopher Street, which has a 1 stop at 7th Avenue.

From Upstate New York: Take Metro-North Train into Grand Central. Then take the 4, 5, 6 downtown to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, which is the terminus of the 6.

By Train:

Amtrak’s Acela and Regional service run throughout the day and, occasionally, actually run on time.

By Car:

If driving from New Jersey or points south, take the NJ Turnpike (I-95), a toll road, to Exit 14/14A/14B/14C. You could make a last minute decision to go to Newark Airport and fly off to Maui, but we would miss you. So, follow signs for I-78 East/Bayonne/Jersey City/Holland Tunnel and then merge onto I-78 E. This will take you on the NJ Turnpike Extension and, if you stay on this road, right into the Holland Tunnel. The Tunnel spills out into a circle with several exits. Follow signs for “Downtown.” Use any lane to turn right onto Varick Street. NYLS is located at the corner of Varick St., West Broadway, and Leonard. There is a parking lot across the street. You can pay for several hours or for the entire day. I can’t even begin to describe the nightmare that is street parking in Tribeca.

If driving from points north (New Haven, Boston, Greenland), make your way to 91 S toward New Haven, and then either take the Wilbur Cross Hwy to the Hutchinson River Parkway, which is pretty, or go right from I-91 to I-95, which isn’t pretty at all. Both routes will get you to the West Side Highway (aka Henry Hudson or 9A). Exit to Canal Street. Make a right on Varick, which becomes West Broadway at the law school.

By Air:

New York City is served by 3 major airports: Newark Liberty, JFK, and LaGuardia. They each have their advantages (except LaGuardia: there is nothing good about LaGuardia)

Newark Liberty Int’l Airport (EWR). EWR is in New Jersey, but is a quick taxi or for-hire vehicle ride to Manhattan. The car may be expensive ($50-70 plus tip). But EWR is also connected to Manhattan via the super convenient New Jersey Transit Rail. One-way to Manhattan from EWR costs $13 and it takes about 25 minutes.

To get to Manhattan via NJ Transit Rail, follow these instructions: At the airport, follow signs for “AirTrain.” Buy your NJ Transit ticket to “New York Penn Station” before taking the escalator up to the platform. The AirTrain, a clean, pleasant driverless tram, runs every 4 minutes. Take the AirTrain to the EWR NJ Transit station and wait for the next train, usually on Track 1, to New York Penn Station. Then follow the subway directions above.

John F. Kennedy Int’l Airport (JFK).  JFK is in southern Queens. It boasts a beautiful, new-ish JetBlue terminal and a few restaurants that actually won awards. (Who gives out awards for airport cuisine?) The easiest way to get from JFK to Manhattan is via taxi or for-hire vehicle. It’s on the expensive side; for taxis, there is a flat fare of $52 plus tolls and tip. It takes about 30 minutes, but longer with traffic.

If you have about 1 hour to spare, you can take public transportation from JFK to Manhattan. It costs a total of $7.75 ($5 for the AirTrain and $2.75 for a subway ride). After deplaning, follow signs for the AirTrain. This AirTrain does not just circle the airport. It takes you into Queens to the nearest (not really that “near”) subway or LIRR stop. You can go either to Jamaica Station and take the  to Canal Street or E to Howard Beach Station and take the A to Canal Street.

LaGuardia Int’l Airport (LGA). LGA is in northern Queens. Honestly, former-Vice President Biden was right about LGA. Still, it’s getting a multi-billion dollar overhaul. A state-of-the-art airport should be ready in about 754 years. So, we have that to look forward to.

The easiest way to get from LGA to Manhattan is via taxi or for-hire vehicle. It may cost approximately $35-45 plus tolls and tip. Public transportation is a little frustrating from LGA. You can take the M60 bus from LGA, which can drop you off right near the 116th Street 1 train station near Columbia. After walking around Columbia’s historic urban campus, you can follow the subway directions above. That trip takes about 1 hour from M60 to NYLS.


Check back here soon for more information.

Meeting Venue

The conference will be held at NYLS at 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013. When you arrive, check in at the desk in the Lobby.

Our incredible Workshop Program Committee helped select abstracts for inclusion in our discussions. The members of the Committee are, in alphabetical order:

Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University, Department of Computer Science

Helen Nissenbaum, NYU Steinhardt and Cornell Tech

Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law

Joel R. Reidenberg, Fordham University School of Law (co-Chair)

Kathy Strandburg, NYU School of Law

Joe Turow, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication

Ari Ezra Waldman, New York Law School (co-Chair)