New York, NY (June 18, 2019) – Professor Ari Ezra Waldman, Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School (NYLS), has won the 2019 “Best Paper” award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is the only person to have received the award—generally regarded as the highest academic award in privacy law—more than once for a paper with a single author. Professor Waldman also previously won in 2017.
The award is given annually at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, organized by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and George Washington University School of Law. Winning papers are chosen by a special committee of scholars based on overall excellence and relevance to the field of privacy law.
“Receiving privacy law’s top award two years out of three is an exceptional achievement that speaks to Ari Waldman’s influence as a scholar,” said NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. “I’m very proud to count him as a member of our faculty and to work with him on developing NYLS’s cutting-edge programming in this critical and fast-growing area of law.”
Professor Waldman’s paper, “Privacy Law’s False Promise,” is based on original primary research, including interviews with engineers, privacy professionals, and executives. The paper argues that privacy law has failed to deliver on its promised protections in part because the responsibility for fulfilling legal obligations has been outsourced to engineers and professionals who create symbolic structures of compliance in name only.
The article will be published in the Washington University Law Review and will be incorporated into Professor Waldman’s in-progress second book, Privacy, Technology, and Power (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
As Director of NYLS’s Innovation Center, Professor Waldman has launched the nation’s first law school clinic exclusively focused on combatting cyberharassment, created a “Technology for Lawyers” workshop series that teaches tech literacy concepts to law students, and co-founded the Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop, bringing privacy scholars from around the world to NYLS. His first book, Privacy as Trust: Information Law for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press), was published in March 2018. His scholarship has appeared in dozens of leading law reviews, and he has testified twice before the U.S. House of Representatives, once before the New York State Senate, and once at the Federal Trade Commission on issues relating to privacy and online social networks. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and is frequently quoted in the media on privacy and cyberharassment issues. He was recently named a 2019–20 Belfer Fellow by the Anti-Defamation League Center for Technology and Society.