Professor Ari Waldman Wins National Privacy Writing Award

New York, NY (December 17, 2018) – Professor Ari Ezra Waldman, Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School (NYLS), has won the 2018 Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award. He is one of just five winners nationwide.

The award is given by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and recognizes leading privacy scholarship that is likely to influence policymakers in Congress, at federal agencies, and at international data protection authorities. FPF shares the winning papers with a wide range of U.S. and international leaders.

Professor Waldman’s paper, “Designing Without Privacy,” presents findings from his study on how tech engineers and developers view consumer privacy and the extent to which they integrate privacy concerns into product design. The paper advocates for “privacy by design”—ensuring that privacy protections are built into new technologies from the outset. “Designing Without Privacy” also won the 2017 Best Paper Award given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. It was published in the Houston Law Review earlier this year and is the basis for Professor Waldman’s forthcoming second book.

“Through his research and writing, Ari Waldman has championed privacy practices built on trust and respect,” said NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. “As this well-deserved award demonstrates, his scholarship is a ‘must read’ for policymakers and leaders grappling with the challenges of the digital age.”

In September and April 2018, Professor Waldman testified before the House Judiciary Committee on topics related to social media platforms, content filtering practices, and privacy protections for users. In March 2018, he published his first book, Privacy as Trust: Information Privacy for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press). He has presented on privacy law issues at universities around the world.

At NYLS, Professor Waldman launched the nation’s first law school clinic to combat cyberharassment, created a “Technology for Lawyers” workshop series that teaches tech literacy concepts to law students, and hosted privacy law scholars from around the world at NYLS’s Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop.

Read FPF’s announcement.