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Ari Ezra Waldman

Professor of Law
Director, Innovation Center for Law and Technology

Ari Ezra Waldman

Professor of Law
Director, Innovation Center for Law and Technology

Ari Ezra Waldman is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at NYLS. He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for CyberSafety, which includes the first-of-its-kind law school pro bono clinic representing victims of online harassment. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard College.

Professor Waldman is an internationally recognized thought leader on privacy, speech, and online safety.

He researches how law and technology mediate social life, with particular focus on privacy, technology design, online speech, and the experiences of marginalized populations. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship, including twice winning the highest award in privacy law, the Best Paper Award at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (in 2019 and in 2017), the 2019 Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award, the 2018 Deirdre G. Martin Memorial Lecturer on Privacy, and the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award (2016 and 2019). His first book, Privacy As Trust: Information Law for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2018), argues privacy law should protect as private information shared in contexts of trust. His scholarship has been or will soon be published in leading law reviews including the Washington University Law Review (twice), the Cornell Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Fordham Law Review, among others, and in peer-reviewed journals such as Law and Social Inquiry.

Professor Waldman has twice testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on issues relating to privacy and online social networks. His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Quartz, the New York Daily News, The Advocate, and other popular press. He has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning America, and MSNBC’s The Docket. He has also appeared as an expert on Syfy’s miniseries The Internet Ruined My Life.

You can find additional information about Professor Waldman and his work on his website. You can also follow him on Twitter or on Instagram at @ariezrawaldman.

Privacy Law’s False Promise, 97 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2020)

Power, Process, and Automated Decision-Making, 88 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2020)

Safe Social Spaces, 96 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW __ (forthcoming 2019)

Law, Privacy, and Online Dating: “Revenge Porn” in Gay Online Communities, 44 LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY 987 (2019) (peer reviewed)

Privacy’s Law of Design, 9 U.C. IRVINE L. REV.1239 (2019)

Sex, Lies, and Videotape: Deep Fakes and Free Speech Delusions (with Mary Anne Franks), 78 MARYLAND L. REV. 892 (2019)

Designing Without Privacy, 55 HOUSTON L. REV. 659 (2018)

A Statistical Analysis of Privacy Policy Design, 93 NOTRE DAME L. REV. ONLINE 159 (2018)

The Marketplace of Fake News, 20 PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 845 (2018)

Are Anti-Bullying Laws Effective?, 103 CORNELL L. REV. ONLINE 135 (2018)

Privacy, Notice, and Design, 20 STANFORD TECH. L. REV. 74 (2018)

A Breach of Trust: Fighting “Revenge Porn”, 102 IOWA L. REV. 709 (2017)

Trust: A Model for Disclosure in Patent Law, 92 INDIANA L. REV. 557 (2017)

Triggering Tinker: Student Speech in the Age of Cyberharassment, 71 U. MIAMI L. REV. 427 (2017) (invited symposium)

Privacy, Sharing, and Trust: The Facebook Study, 67 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 193 (2016)

Manipulating Trust on Facebook, 29 LOY. CONSUMER L. REV. 175 (2016) (invited symposium)

Amplifying Abuse: The Fusion of Cyberharassment and Discrimination, B. U. L. REV. ANNEX (Oct. 2015)

Privacy As Trust: Sharing Personal Information in a Networked World, 69 U. MIAMI L. REV. 301 (2015)

All Those Like You: Identity Aggression and Student Speech, 77 MISSOURI L. REV. 563 (2013)

Hostile Educational Environments, 71 MARYLAND L. REV. 705 (2012)

Tormented: Anti-Gay Bullying in Schools, 84 TEMPLE L. REV. 385 (2012)



Navigating Hate and Harassment on Queer Dating Apps, in Technology-Facilitated Violence and Abuse: International Perspectives and Experiences (Jane Bailey, Asher Flynn, and Nicola Henry eds. (forthcoming 2020)).

Algorithmic Legitimacy, in Cambridge Handbook on Law and Algorithms (Woodrow Barfield ed. (forthcoming 2020)).

Knowledge Production Across Contexts (with Brett Frischmann & Katherine Haenschen), in Governing Privacy in Knowledge Commons (Madelyn Sanfilippo, Brett Frischmann, & Katherine Strandburg eds. (forthcoming 2020)).

Trust: Privacy in the Digital Age, in Digitization and the Law (Eric Hilgendorf ed. 2018).

Privacy as Trust, in Cultures of Privacy (Karsten Fitz & Barbel Harju ed. 2016).

Presumptive Criminals: HIV-Related Aggravated Assaults, in Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice (Dana Peterson & Vanessa R. Panfil, eds. 2014).



Sexual Harassment Online: Shaming and Silencing Women in the Digital Age, by Tania G. Levey, Book Review, 124 AM. J. SOC. 1946 (2019).

When We Outsource Privacy Compliance, We May Undermine Privacy Protection, PROMARKET.ORG (Apr. 2019).

Images of Harassment: Copyright Law and Revenge Porn, 23 FED. B. C. Q. 15 (Sept./Oct./Nov. 2015).

The Freedom to Marry: Politics and Law in 2014 and Beyond, 40 HUMAN RIGHTS 19 (July 2014).



Queer Dating Apps Are Unsafe by Design, NEW YORK TIMES (June 13, 2019).

Facebook’s So-Called Pivot to Privacy Is a Diversion, SLATE (March 11, 2019).

Duties of Loyalty and Care: Sen. Brian Schatz Offers a New Approach to Privacy, MEDIUM (Dec. 13, 2018).

Harasser-in-Chief: Donald Trump and Steve Bannon Need Angry Young Men. They’re Using Gamergate Culture to Get Them, QUARTZ (Feb. 3, 2017).

The Dangers of Anonymity on the Internet, FORWARD (November 2016).

Cybermobs Multiply Online Threats and Their Danger, NEW YORK TIMES (Aug. 3, 2016  10:06 PM)

For Tyler: How One Man is Taking On Cyberbullies, THE ADVOCATE (Oct. 8, 2015 4:00 AM)

Ending the Cyberbullying Epidemic Five Years After Tyler Clementi’s Suicide (with Jane Clementi), NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (Oct. 1, 2015, 2:48 PM)

The Case for Uber Data Sharing, GOTHAM GAZETTE (Nov. 19, 2014)