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 Second Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop at Fordham Law School on November 9, 2018.

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

We invite submissions on a variety of privacy-related topics from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, law, social science, computer science, engineering, communications, and public policy.

The Workshop format is designed to facilitate discussion and commentary on early stage papers, or papers that can benefit from substantial feedback. Therefore, we will give preference to papers that are sufficiently developed to be read and critiqued, but not yet submitted for publication. There will be no presentations at the Workshop; rather, only brief commentary from a lead commentator and feedback from participants. All participants and attendees are asked to read the papers ahead of time and stay for the entire Workshop.

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 7, 2018, by 5 PM Eastern via online submission.

Papers due and commentators assigned: October 9, 2018, by 5 PM Eastern

To submit your Abstract, please click here.


Fordham Law School is located at 150 W 62nd St in Manhattan. It is located near the 1ABCD trains at 59th Street/Columbus Circle.


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, you can take the 1, A, or C trains to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

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, A, and C trains. 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 S (Shuttle) or the 7 train across down to Times Square. You can then take 1 uptown to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

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 16E toward the Lincoln Tunnel. You could make a last minute decision to go to Newark Airport (Exit 14) and fly off to Maui, but we would miss you. So, follow signs for Lincoln Tunnel/New York City. Keep right to stay on NJ-495 E and through the toll plaza and into the tunnel. Stay to the left so you can turn left on West 41st Street. Turn right onto 10th Avenue. This will take you up to West 62nd Street. Fordham Law School is on the south side of West 62nd. Please find parking nearby.

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 (the Henry Hudson or 9A). Exit at 79th Street, and turn right on to Columbus Ave. This will take you down to West 62nd Street. Please find parking nearby.

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 to Jamaica Station and take the A to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

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 LGA to Fordham.


There is no conference hotel for the Workshop.

Meeting Venue

The conference will be held at Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023. When you arrive, check in at the desk in the Lobby.

Our incredible Workshop Program Committee helps 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)