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

are pleased to announced this Call for Submissions for the Third Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop at Princeton University on November 8, 2019.

Jointly organized by the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School and the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law, hosted this year by the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, and generously sponsored by Microsoft, the Workshop offers privacy scholars from diverse fields the opportunity to receive extensive, constructive commentary on their works in progress.

We invite 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.

Format and Types of Projects/Papers

The Workshop format is designed to facilitate discussion and commentary on early stage papers and projects. As in previous years, substantial time (45-60 minutes) will be allotted for papers that are sufficiently developed to be read and critiqued, but not yet submitted for publication. Two to three “lightning” sessions of 15 minutes will be allocated to emerging projects at the precis stage. There will be no presentations at the Workshop; only brief commentary and feedback from participants. All participants and attendees are asked to read the papers ahead of time and stay for the entire workshop.


All privacy scholars, from a variety of disciplines, are welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. A preference will be given to those in the northeast region, but we have had scholars from all over the world workshop their papers. In addition, in keeping with our goals of constructive feedback, diversity, and interdisciplinary scholarship, no one can be the designated author on a paper two years in a row. In other words, for single-author papers, the same author cannot have a paper workshopped in consecutive years. Multi-author papers are eligible for workshop in consecutive years, but the designated (first) author must be different to be workshopped two years in a row.

For those selected for full, 45-60 minute workshop, a draft paper will be required by October 11, 2019.

For those selected for “lightning” sessions, a 3-page precis will be due the same day.

How to Submit

Interested scholars can click here to (1) submit an abstract of between 500 and 700 words, specifying whether the submission is for a traditional paper session or a lightning session, (2) volunteer to serve as a commentator, or (3) request permission to attend as an active participant. Please note that attending as an active participant is only possible if space permits.

Abstracts will be due via electronic submission by September 13, 2019 by 5 PM Eastern.

We ask all prospective participants — whether you are submitting a paper, volunteering to serve as a commentator, or hoping to attend as an active participant (limited availability) — to complete the online submission form.


Important Dates:

Abstracts due: September 13, 2019, by 5 PM Eastern via online submission.

Papers/Precis due and commentators assigned: October 11, 2019, by 5 PM Eastern

To submit your Abstract, please click here.


The Workshop will take place at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. The precise address and location will be announced shortly, as we may be meeting in a different building at Princeton. The information below may change. Stay tuned!


Public Transportation:

From anywhere in New York City: New Jersey Transit train to Princeton Junction, which is a short car or “Dinky Shuttle” (no joke) ride to Princeton University.

By Car:

If driving from points south, take the NJ Turnpike (I-95), a toll road, to I-295 (toward the Delaware Memorial Bridge) until Exit 67A/67B. Take Rte. 1 North to the Alexander Road exit. Turn left onto Alexander Road and … welcome to Princeton!

If driving from points north (New Haven, Boston, Greenland), take 90 W to 84 S. Follow signs toward New York City and the George Washington Bridge. Continue on I-95 S (the New Jersey Turnpike) to Exit 9. Follow signs to get to Rte. 1 South (you have to go on Rte. 18 N for a second first). Take the Washington Road exit, turn right onto Washington Road and … welcome to Princeton!

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). But because we’re meeting at Princeton, your best option is Newark.

Newark Liberty Int’l Airport (EWR). EWR is in New Jersey, and a medium length quick taxi or for-hire vehicle ride to Princeton. The car may be expensive ($50-70 plus tip).

To get to Princeton via NJ Transit Rail, follow these instructions: At the airport, follow signs for “AirTrain.” Buy your NJ Transit ticket to “Princeton Junction” 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 to Princeton Junction (away from NYC).


There is no conference hotel for the Workshop.

Meeting Venue

The precise Meeting Venue will be announced soon. Thank you for your patience.

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

Steve Bellovin, Columbia University

Yafit Lev-Aretz, City University of New York

Helen Nissenbaum, Cornell Tech

Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center

Joel Reidenberg, Fordham University School of Law (Co-Chair)

Katherine Strandburg, NYU School of Law

Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania

Ari Waldman, New York Law School (Co-Chair)