The Institute for CyberSafety is the only full-service education, research, and direct outreach pro bono legal initiative providing assistance to New York City-based LGBTQ youth victims of cyber-harassment.
The main goals of the Institute are as follows:
1. Eradicate cyber-harassment of New York City’s LGBTQ youth through direct outreach, pro bono legal services, education, and coalition building
2. Train socially conscious New York City attorneys, with expertise in internet and digital technologies and applicable law, to use their knowledge and experience to support victims of online harassment
3. Raise awareness about and help stop cyberharassment by building coalitions among key stakeholders in New York City, New York State, and nationally, including those in government, industry, and education
4. Propose the adoption of cutting edge and innovative solutions, program ideas, laws and safety tools to curtail and ultimately eradicate cyberharassment
5. Support vanguard social science research, adding value and filling gaps in our understanding of and responses to cyberharassment
Ari Ezra Waldman, Associate Professor of Law, Institute Founder & Director
Ari is an Associate Professor at New York Law School and the Founder and Director of the Institute. He is also the Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at NYLS. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard College. His research and writing focus on privacy, hate and harassment on the Internet, online social networks, and intellectual property. His scholarship has appeared or will be published in leading law reviews, including the Iowa Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Maryland Law Review, the University of Miami Law Review, and others. His popular writing has been published in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Advocate, and other media outlets.
Andrew Santa Ana, Clinic Director
Andrew is the the Director of Legal Services at Day One. Based in New York City, Day One partners with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development. Through direct legal representation and advocacy, Andrew advances the rights of young survivors of intimate partner violence. Andrew serves as the co-chair of the New York-based Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic Violence. In 2015, Andrew was named a Movement Maker by the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence. Since 2013, he has served as a trainer with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. In 2011, he was awarded a Courage award from the NYC City Anti-Violence project for his work to set up and administer a free legal clinic for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence. Andrew is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law.
Danielle Keats Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Professor Citron’s work focuses on information privacy, cyber law, automated systems, and civil rights. She is the author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press 2014). Professor Citron’s scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Boston University Law Review (twice), the California Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, among many others. Her opinion pieces have been featured in The Atlantic, the New York Times, TIME, CNN, the Guardian UK, and Slate, and she is a regular commentator on television on cyberharassment and personal privacy.
Elisa D’Amico, Partner, K&L Gates
Ms. D’Amico focuses her practice on Internet and technology law, specifically online privacy and cyberharassment, and also counsels clients concerning online affiliate marketing, consumer deception and fraud, and unfair deceptive acts and practices. She is the co-founder of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project (CCRLP), a global K&L Gates pro bono project providing legal services to victims of sexual cyberharassment (i.e., “revenge porn”). The CCRLP utilizes the firm’s elite cybersecurity and cyber forensics practices, allowing volunteers to deliver quality pro bono services to victims across the globe. Since its inception in late 2014, the CCRLP already has helped hundreds of victims fight back against cyberharassment and reclaim their online identities, and has removed thousands of nonconsensually posted sexually explicit images from the internet.
Carrie Goldberg, C. A. Goldberg PLLC
Ms. Goldberg has provided legal advocacy and representation to hundreds of individuals. Her cases have included removal of intimate images from the Internet, restraining orders to stop online and offline abuse, school disciplinary hearings relating to sexual assault and Title IX, personal injury lawsuits stemming from rape and domestic violence, lawsuits against school districts for Title IX violations, filings with the US Dept of Ed, Office of Civil Rights, representation of high profile individuals being harassed and/or sextorted online.
The Institute’s Cyberharassment Clinic is the first-of-its-kind law school pro bono clinic helping victims of cyberharassment obtain justice. It provides an unprecedented opportunity for 2L and 3L day and 3L and 4L evening students to represent victims of online harassment, cyberbullying, and “revenge porn” under the direct supervision of a faculty member and experienced practitioner.
Clinic students will work in teams to handle all elements of representing clients in online harassment litigation, from client intake and cease-and-desist letters to take-down notices and internet intermediary negotiations to trial and even impact litigation. Students will engage in fact investigations, conduct interviews of clients, locate and interview witnesses, communicate with internet platforms if applicable, and negotiate with websites. Students will develop legal arguments and draft affidavits and memoranda of law in support of pre-trial motions. Students may also have the opportunity to go to trial.
In addition to the case work, students will attend an hour-and-forty minute seminar once weekly. The seminar will involve discussions about the cases, instruction on relevant law, procedure and evidence, as well as examination of policy issues related to online harassment, cyberbullying, and revenge porn.
Students should expect to devote a minimum of 16 hours per week to the clinic, including the fieldwork and the seminar.
Pro Bono Guides
The Institute publishes free guides for cyberharassment victims. These comprehensive “How To” manuals will help individuals work with websites to take down offending images and report and block harassers. Other guides will help victims gather evidence to bring to attorneys or law enforcement. Please check back soon under “Research and Publications” for our first guides.
Conferences, Talks, Symposia
The Institute runs several programs to raise awareness about the epidemic of cyberharassment. In October, 2015, the Institute held its first conference. The conference brought together policy makers, political and business leaders, attorneys, social scientists, academics, teachers, students, and nonprofit advocates, all focused on the conference’s theme: combatting cyberharassment in all its forms.
Check back soon for more information.
Apr. 1, 2017
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured “Grappling with Cyberbullying in One New York School”|
Feb. 15, 2017
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted “Can a prenup for sex tapes keep you safe?”|
Dec. 2, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted “Everything That Happens After Sexual Assault Is Recorded On Social Media”|
Sept. 14, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman post “State v. Dharun Ravi: The Appeal”|
Sept. 12, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman post “State v. Dharun Ravi: What Happened?“|
Aug. 26, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “Will Hillary Clinton be the One to Crack Down on Revenge Porn?“|
|New York Times
Aug. 3, 2016
|“Cybermobs Multiply Online Threats and Their Danger,” by Ari Ezra Waldman (Op-Ed)|
Jul. 20, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “Snapchat Clips Help Convict Two People of Sexually Assaulting a Teenager”|
Jul. 19, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “Two people found guilty in Snapchat sexual assault case”|
|Local News 8
Jun. 19, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “Muslim woman deluged by ‘hate tweets’ after helping Homeland Security panel”|
|The Herald News
Jun. 19, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “Mass. congresswoman carving out niche as critic of online abuse”|
|Cyberlaw and Business Report
Jun. 8, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman appeared on the Cyberlaw and Business Report with Bennett Kelley to discuss privacy, cyberharassment, and NYLS’s new cyberharassment Clinic. The audio is available here and the write up, which also discusses NYLS and the Innovation Center, is available here.|
Apr. 29, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “The dark side of live streaming: Periscoping a rape”|
Apr. 21, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “Why Would Anyone Film A Rape And Not Try To Stop It?”|
Mar. 31, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “Former ‘Glee’ Extra, Bartender Say ‘Internet Ruined’ Their Lives”|
Mar. 16, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman quoted in “One tweet ruined her life”|
Mar. 14, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman mentioned in “Anti-swatting Representative leads first-ever SXSW Online Harassment Summit”|
Mar. 11, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “Inside the New Series ‘The Internet Ruined My Life’”|
Mar. 11, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “US Rep. Katherine Clark to highlight online threats, harassment at SXSW festival“|
Mar. 9, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman is a featured expert in Syfy’s 6-episode miniseries, “The Internet Ruined My Life.” It airs on Wednesdays, starting March 9, at 10pm Eastern on Syfy. To learn more about the Syfy show, click here.|
Mar. 9, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “Syfy’s ‘The Internet Ruined My Life’ Is A Cautionary Tale In Cyberbullying”|
Mar. 9, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “Exclusive interview: Ari Ezra Waldman talks ‘The Internet Ruined My Life’”|
|CNN Money, News 4 Jax and WPTZ.com
Mar. 8, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “How one hashtag can ruin your life”|
Mar. 2, 2016
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “Syfy’s ‘The Internet Ruined My Life’ is the ultimate online cautionary tale”|
Feb. 21, 2016
|Institute for Cybersafety, Ari Ezra Waldman and Carrie Goldberg featured in “Giving young people a chance to grow up without online shame”|
Feb. 4, 2016
|NYLS and Institute for Internet Safety featured in “MDE Announces LGBT Guidance Policy, Tyler Clementi Foundation Calls for ‘Upstanders’”|
Nov. 3, 2015
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “Cyberbullying victims unite in new campaign”|
Oct. 30, 2015
|Ari Ezra Waldman mentioned in “SXSW Organizers Schedule Online Harassment Summit”|
Oct. 8, 2015
|“For Tyler: How One Man Is Taking on Cyberbullies,” by Ari Ezra Waldman (Op-Ed)|
Oct. 7, 2015
|Ari Ezra Waldman featured in “L.A. LGBT Center Expands School Anti-Bullying Program Nationwide”|
Oct. 2, 2015
|Institute for Internet Safety Launches|
|New York Daily News
Oct. 1, 2015
|“Ending the cyberbullying epidemic five years after Tyler Clementi’s suicide,” by Ari Ezra Waldman (Op-Ed)|
Aug. 25, 2015
|Ari Ezra Waldman was quoted in “Ashley Madison Users Sue Over Data Breach”|
Aug. 20, 2015
|Ari Ezra Waldman wrote, “What the Ashley Madison Hack Teaches Us About Digital Privacy Invasions”|
|The Daily Targum
Apr. 10, 2015
|Center for Law and Policy at New York Law School was mentioned in “Clementi family visits Rutgers for the first time since death of Tyler Clementi”|
|Life of the Law
Jan. 27, 2015
|Ari Ezra Waldman was interviewed by Life of the Law for a discussion of revenge porn and cyberharassment, the podcast audio and transcript of which is available at http://www.lifeofthelaw.org/lifeafterdoxing/. The program highlighted the work NYLS is doing to help victims of cyberharassment obtain justice.|
Contact the Cyberharassment Clinic
We are the first and only law school clinic exclusively focused on helping victims of cyberharassment obtain justice. Please use this form to explain, as best you can, what you are experiencing and how the Clinic might be able to help. Once you click “Submit”, your inquiry will be sent to our Clinic Director. Due to the volume of emails, it may take us some time to get back to you. Thank you for contacting us.