• Curriculum Vitae

    Education

    New York University, New York, NY
    Doctor of Philosophy, Media, Culture, and Communication, 2014
    Dissertation: Panic Inducing: Data Mining, Fairness, and Privacy
    Dissertation Committee: Helen Nissenbaum (Chair), Craig Calhoun, Tarleton Gillespie, and Foster Provost

    London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
    Master of Science, International Relations, 2004

    Brown University, Providence, RI
    Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Modern Culture and Media, 2003

    United Nations International School, New York, NY
    International Baccalaureate, 1999

    Academic Appointments

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, 2014–Present

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Urban Science + Progress, New York University, 2015–Present

    Research Affiliate, Data & Society Research Institute, 2014–Present

    Research Affiliate, Information Law Institute, New York University School of Law, 2014–Present

    Student Fellow, Information Law Institute, New York University School of Law, 2007–2014

    Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2010–2011

    Advisory Boards

    Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society, The National Science Foundation and Data & Society Research Institute, New York, NY

    Research Appointments

    Research Assistant, Helen Nissenbaum, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

    Research Assistant, Social Impact Program, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, Summer 2010

    Research Assistant, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, Summer 2008

    Research Assistant, The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania/Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy Research, London School of Economics, Summer 2008

    Program Associate, Russell Sage Foundation, 2004–2007

    Research Assistant, Information Technology, War, and Peace, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, 2001–2004

    Teaching Appointments

    Instructor, Controversies in Connective Media: Ethics, Policy, and Law, Master of Science in Information Science, Connective Media, Cornell Tech, Spring 2016

    Instructor, Data Privacy and Ethics, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, Spring 2015 and Spring 2016

    Instructor, , Master of Science in Applied Urban Science and Informatics, Center for Urban Science + Progress, New York University, Summer 2015

    Instructor, Business and Its Publics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, and Spring 2013

    Marker (two sections), Professional Responsibility and Leadership, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, Fall 2010

    Instructor (two sections), Introduction to Human Communication and Culture, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, Fall 2009

    Teaching Assistant (one section in 2007; two sections in 2008), Introduction to Media Studies (with Ted Magder), Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, Fall 2007 and Fall 2008

    Teaching Assistant (two sections), History of Communication (with Terrance Moran), Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, Spring 2008

    Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Video Production (with Anthony Cokes), Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Fall 2002

    Teaching Assistant, Problems of Documentary (with Anthony Cokes), Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Fall 2002

    Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Solon Barocas, “De/re/coding Security in ‘Societies of Control:’ Data Mining as Political Practice,” St Antony’s International Review, Vol. 3, No. 1: May 2007.

    Peer-Reviewed Proceedings

    Solon Barocas, “Data Mining and the Discourse on Discrimination,” Proceedings of the Data Ethics Workshop, Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), August 2014

    Solon Barocas, “The Price of Precision: Voter Microtargeting and Its Potential Harms to the Democratic Process,” Proceedings of the First Edition Workshop on Politics, Elections and Data, Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, November 2012.

    Arvind Narayanan, Solon Barocas, Vincent Toubiana, Dan Boneh, and Helen Nissenbaum, “A Critical Look at Decentralized Personal Data Architectures,” Data Usage Management on the Web, April 2012.

    Vincent Toubiana, Arvind Narayanan, Dan Boneh, Helen Nissenbaum, and Solon Barocas, “Adnostic: Privacy Preserving Targeted Advertising,” Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, February 2010.

    Solon Barocas and Helen Nissenbaum, “On Notice: the Trouble with Notice and Consent,” Proceedings of the Engaging Data Forum: The First International Forum on the Application and Management of Personal Electronic Information, October 2009.

    Law Review Articles

    Solon Barocas and Andrew Selbst, “Big Data’s Disparate Impact,” California Law Review, Vol. 104: 2016.

    → James Grimmelmann, “Discrimination by Database,” The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), November 4, 2014.
    → Aaron Rieke, “A Guide to “Big Data’s Disparate Impact,” Equal Future: Dispatches on Social Justice and Technology, Vol. 1, No. 26: November 2014.
    Privacy Papers for Policy Makers 2014, Future of Privacy Forum.

    Edited Volumes

    Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Virginia Eubanks, and Solon Barocas, Data and Discrimination: Collected Essays, Washington, DC: New America, 2014

    Invited Articles

    Solon Barocas, Alex Rosenblat, danah boyd, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, and Corrine Yu, “Data & Civil Rights: Technology Primer,” Data & Civil Rights: Why “Big Data” is a Civil Rights Issue, Data & Society Research Institute, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and New America’s Open Technology Institute, Washington, DC, December 2014.

    Solon Barocas and Andrew Selbst, “Losing Out on Employment Because of Big Data Mining,” The New York Times, August 6, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “Putting Data to Work,” Data and Discrimination: Collected Essays, Eds. Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Virginia Eubanks, and Solon Barocas, Washington, DC: New America, 2014

    Solon Barocas and Helen Nissenbaum, “Big Data’s End Run Around Procedural Privacy Protections,” Communications of the ACM, Vol. 57 No. 11: November 2014.

    Solon Barocas and Helen Nissenbaum, “Big Data’s End Run Around Anonymity and Consent,” Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, Eds. Julia Lane, Victoria Stodden, Stefan Bender, and Helen Nissenbaum, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014. → Review in Science

    Solon Barocas, Seda Gürses, Arvind Narayanan, and Vincent Toubiana (with Günes Acar, Spider Alex, Ero Balsa, Sonja Buchegger, Floren Cabello, George Danezis, Scott J. David, Leandro Doctors, Elijah, Benjamin Greschbach, Michael Herrmann, Jula, Jaap Kuipers, Nicolas Maleve, Markus Sabadello, Jan Schallaböck, Antonio Tapiador, and Hellekin Wolf), “Unlikely Outcomes? A Distributed Discussion on the Prospects and Promise of Decentralized Personal Data Architectures,” Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, Eds. Geert Lovink and Miriam Rasch, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Institute of Network Cultures, 2013. → Online Appendix

    Solon Barocas, ‘Data Mining’ and ‘Social Network Analysis,’ “Surveillance Debunked: A Guide to the Jargon,” The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, December 2011.

    Solon Barocas, “Data Mining: An Annotated Bibliography,” Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop, May 2011.

    Solon Barocas, “A Strategic Ontology: Pre-Emptive Strike and the Production of (In)Security,” 911 InfoInterventions, August 2002.

    Working Papers

    Solon Barocas and Arvind Narayanan, “Managing the Inferential Possibilities of Open Government Data”.

    Solon Barocas, Sophie Hood, and Malte Ziewitz, “Governing Algorithms: A Provocation Piece“.

    Public Comments

    Seeta Peña Gangadharan, danah boyd, and Solon Barocas, Comments on Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Federal Trade Commission, August 2014.

    Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joanna N. Huey, Joshua A. Kroll, and Arvind Narayanan, Comments on Big Data and Consumer Privacy in the Internet Economy, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, June 2014.

    Solon Barocas, Travis Hall, and Aaron Martin, Comments on Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology, Federal Trade Commission, October 2011.

    Testimony

    Solon Barocas and Andrew Selbst, Written Testimony, EEOC at 50: Progress and Continuing Challenges in Eradicating Employment Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC, 2015

    Presentations

    Conference Papers

    Solon Barocas, “Leaps and Bounds: Towards a Normative Theory of Inferential Privacy,” Privacy Law Scholars Conference, Berkeley, CA, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “The Alterity of Algorithms,” Theorizing the Web, New York, NY, 2015

    Solon Barocas and Arvind Narayanan, “Managing the Inferential Possibilities of Open Government Data,” The 19th Annual Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Berkeley Technology Law Journal Symposium: Open Data: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges, Berkeley School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2015 → Event Materials

    Solon Barocas, “Data Mining and the Discourse on Discrimination,” Data Ethics Workshop, Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), New York, NY, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “Leaps and Bounds: Towards a Normative Theory of Inferential Privacy,” Legal and Ethical Issues in Predictive Data Analytics, Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2014

    Solon Barocas and Andrew Selbst, “Big Data’s Disparate Impact,” Privacy Law Scholars Conference, Washington, DC, 2014 → Best Paper

    Solon Barocas, “How Data Mining Discriminates,” Data and Discrimination: Converting Concerns into Productive Inquiry, International Communication Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “Anti-Social Analytics,” Algorithmic Living, Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, San Diego, CA, 2013

    Solon Barocas, “The Price of Precision: Voter Microtargeting and its Potential Harms to the Democratic Process,” Politics, Elections and Data, Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Maui, HI, 2012 → Slides

    Solon Barocas, “Hazarding a Guess,” Annual Meeting of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France, 2012

    Solon Barocas, “Big Data Are Made by (and not just a Resource for) Social Science and Policy-Making,” Internet, Politics, Policy 2012: Big Data, Big Challenges?, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK, 2012

    Solon Barocas, “Banking on the Black Box: Navigating the Tension between Accuracy and Transparency in Data Mining,” Trusting Information: Technology, Truth and Transparency, Technologies in Practice Faculty Group, IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011

    Solon Barocas, “On Notice: the Trouble with Notice and Consent,” Engaging Data: International Forum on the Application and Management of Personal Electronic Information, SENSEable City Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2009 → Slides and Video

    Solon Barocas, “Evident Agents: The Technical Objects of Evidence-Based Medicine,” Objects: What Matter? Technology, Value and Social Change, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 2009

    Solon Barocas and Helen Nissenbaum, “What Is Wrong with Online Targeted Advertising?” Eighth International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry, Computer Ethics Philosophical Enquiry, Corfu, Greece, 2009

    Solon Barocas, “Patterns of Knowledge and Pattern of Failure: The Historical Epistemology of Predictive Models,” The Culture Project: New Approaches to the Study of Cultural Practices, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 2009

    Solon Barocas, “A Crisis of Confidence Intervals? Correspondence, Causality, and Culpability in Predictive Modeling,” Crisis, Contradiction, Contestation: Postwar Economy and Culture, The Interdisciplinary Marxism Working Group, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2009

    Solon Barocas, “A Taxonomy of Non-Governmental Organization Involvement in the New Information Chain,” Non-Governmental Organizations as Gatekeepers, Center For Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, POLIS, London School of Economics, and Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy Research, London, UK, 2008

    Solon Barocas, “Voter Profiling,” Workshop on Internet Privacy: Facilitating Seamless Data Movement with Appropriate Controls, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science and Center for Dynamic Data Analysis, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, 2008

    Solon Barocas, “Puppet Masters and other Political Perversions: On the Ethics and Politics of Voter Microtargeting,” Ethics, Technology, and Identity, 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, Delft, Netherlands, 2008

    Solon Barocas, “De/re/coding Security in Societies of Control: Database as Security Practice,” The Internet: Power and Governance in a Digitised World, Oxford Internet Institute and St Antony’s International Review, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2006

    Invited Lectures

    Solon Barocas, “Risks of Public Health Research Using More Easily Accessible Information,” Harnessing Big Data to Stop HIV, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockville, MD → Video

    Solon Barocas, “How Data Mining Discriminates,” Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “The Problem with Opportunistic Internet Research,” Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 2015

    Solon Barocas, EEOC at 50: Progress and Continuing Challenges in Eradicating Employment Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC, 2015 → Video

    Solon Barocas, “Leaps and Bounds: Towards a Normative Theory of Inferential Privacy,” DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium: Value and Virtual Spaces, Greencastle, IN, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “How Data Mining Discriminates,” Discrimination in the Age of Big Data, Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “How Data Mining Discriminates,” Algorithms and Accountability, Information Law Institute, New York University, New York, NY, 2015 → Video

    Solon Barocas, “Big Data’s Disparate Impact,” Advanced Privacy Seminar, New York University School of Law, New York, NY, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “Big Data’s Disparate Impact,” Theorodology Workshop, Center for the Study of Social Organization, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “The Ethics of Big Data,” Digital Communication Management, Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School, New York, NY, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “Big Data’s End Run around Procedural Privacy Protections: Why the twin pillars of anonymization and informed consent do not hold in the context of big data,” Big Data: Privacy and the Public Good, The New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, New York, NY, 2015

    Solon Barocas, “Online Behavioral Advertising,” Privacy and Media Technology, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, New York, NY, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “Unexpected Threats to Privacy,” The Confluence of IRB, Big Data and Privacy in Human Subjects Research, National Science Foundation and George Mason University, Arlington, VA, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “Safe “Enough” for Humans?: The Meaning of Accuracy in Machine Learning,” Trusting Human Safety to Software: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2014 → Video

    Solon Barocas and Andrew Selbst, “Big Data and Discrimination,” Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “Tutorial on Web Privacy and Transparency”, Web Privacy and Transparency, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2014 → Video

    Solon Barocas, “Big Data’s Disparate Impact,” Data & Society Research Institute Launch, New York, NY, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “How Data Mining Discriminates,” International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Academy, San Jose, CA, 2014 → Slides

    Solon Barocas, Opening Address, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC, 2014 → Video Slides

    Solon Barocas, “How Data Mining Discriminates,” Privacy Research Group, New York University, New York, NY, 2014

    Solon Barocas, “The Ethical B(l)inds of Big Data,” Santa Fe Salon, Santa Fe, NM, 2013

    Solon Barocas, “Data Mining,” Studies in Electronic Media, Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College, New York, NY, 2013

    Solon Barocas, “Big Data,” Privacy, IT and Digital Media, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2012

    Solon Barocas, “Literally Unreasonable Inferences,” Privacy Research Group, New York University, New York, NY, 2012

    Solon Barocas, “Online Behavioral Advertising,” New Media Research Studio, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, New York, NY, 2012

    Solon Barocas, “Ethics and Data Mining,” Data Mining for Business Intelligence, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, New York, NY, 2009

    Solon Barocas and Helen Nissenbaum, “What Is Wrong with Online Behavioral Advertising? Problems and Solutions,” First Fridays Research Colloquium, New York University, New York, NY, 2009

    Solon Barocas, “Patterns of Knowledge: The Epistemology, Performativity, and Culpability of Predictive Models,” Center for Law, Science, Technology and Society Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, 2009

    Invited Panelist

    “The New Digital Divide”, National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association, San Francisco, CA, 2015

    “Discrimination & Big Data,” Cqrrelations, Constant Association for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium, 2015 → Video

    “Does Social Good Justify Risking Personal Privacy?” Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), New York, NY, 2014 → Video (Presentation) Video (Panel Discussion)

    The Terms and Conditions of Big Data: Exploring Discrimination in the Age of Technology, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Washington, DC, 2014

    “Big Data & Discrimination,” Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Massive Data Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2014 → Video

    “Are You Distributed? The Federated Web Show,” Unlike Us #3: Social Media: Design or Decline, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2013 → Video

    “The Ethics of Big Data Collection and Use,” Sixth Annual Law & Information Society Symposium: Big Data, Big Issues, Center on Law and Information Policy, Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY, 2012

    If Data Wants to Be Free, Is Privacy a Prison?” O’Reilly Strata Conference: Making Data Work, O’Reilly Media, Santa Clara, CA, 2012 → Video

    Hazarding a Guess: Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Analytics and Big Data Applications,” O’Reilly Strata Conference: Making Data Work, O’Reilly Media, New York, NY, 2011

    Posters

    Solon Barocas, “A Soap Box for Targeted Political Advertising,” Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing All-Hands Retreat, University of California, Irvine, CA, 2013

    Solon Barocas, “Voter Profiling in Political Campaigns,” Collaborative Research in Information Security and Privacy, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, New York, NY, 2009

    Convened Events

    Solon Barocas and Moritz Hardt, Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning, Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), Montreal, Canada, 2014

    Solon Barocas, Sorelle Friedler, Moritz Hardt, Josh Kroll, Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Hanna Wallach, Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning, International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Lille, France, 2015

    Solon Barocas, Edward Felten, and Arvind Narayanan, Web Privacy and Transparency, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2014 → Videos

    Solon Barocas, Sophie Hood, Helen Nissenbaum, and Malte Ziewitz, “Governing Algorithms: A Conference on Automation, Computation, and Control,” Information Law Institute, New York University School of Law, New York, NY, 2013 → Videos

    Solon Barocas, Daniel Kreiss, Fenwick McKelvey, and Jeremy Shtern, “A New Era of Strategic Communication? How New Insights Into Decision-Making, Data Mining, and Algorithms Have Changed Persuasion,” International Communication Association Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2012

    Jim Adler and Solon Barocas, “If Data Wants to Be Free, Is Privacy a Prison?” O’Reilly Strata Conference: Making Data Work, O’Reilly Media, Santa Clara, CA, 2012

    Solon Barocas, “Hazarding a Guess: Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Analytics and Big Data Applications,” O’Reilly Strata Conference: Making Data Work, O’Reilly Media, New York, NY, 2011

    Mireille Hildebrandt, Solon Barocas, and Ekaterina De Vries, “Privacy and Due Process after the Computational Turn: Philosophers of Law Meet Data Scientists and Philosophers of Technology,” Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP), Brussels, Belgium, 2011

    Solon Barocas, Charlie Beckett, and Monroe Price, “Non-Governmental Organizations as Gatekeepers,” Center For Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, POLIS, London School of Economics, and Stanhope Centre for Communication Policy Research, London, UK, 2008

    Invited Colloquia

    Participant, Listening Machines, Microsoft Research and New York Times R&D Lab, New York, NY, 2015

    Participant, Virtual Colloquium with Dennis Hirsch, University of Washington School of Law, 2015

    Advisor, CITP/MiLab Spring 2015 Doctoral Workshop, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2015

    Participant, Workshop on Algorithmic Transparency in the Media, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2015 → Report

    Participant, Conversation on Corporate IRBs, Future of Privacy Forum, Washington, DC, 2015

    Participant, Privacy Roundtable, Facebook, Washington, DC, 2015

    Moderator, “Can Automated Processing Make Privacy Notice/Choice more Effective for Users, Businesses And DPAs?” Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP), Brussels, Belgium, 2015 → Video

    Participant, Big Data Breakfast Meeting, Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP), Brussels, Belgium, 2015 → Report

    Moderator, Designing an Inclusive Digital World, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2014 → Video

    Moderator, Big Data: Is It a Big Issue or Business as Usual? International Association of Privacy Professionals Practical Privacy Series, New York, NY, 2014

    Participant, Warm Data Salon, IDEO, New York, NY, 2014

    Moderator, “Technology Primer,” and Participant, Data & Civil Rights: Why “Big Data” is a Civil Rights Issue, Data & Society Research Institute, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and New America’s Open Technology Institute, Washington, DC → Event Materials

    Participant, The Ethics of Data in Civil Society, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford, CA, 2014 → Conference Summary

    Participant. Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY, 2014 → Video

    Google Fellow, Privacy Law Salon: Policymaker Roundtable, Washington, DC, 2014

    Participant and Rapporteur, Responsible Data Forum: Private Sector Data Sharing, Responsible Data Forum, UN Global Pulse, and Data & Society Research Institute, New York, NY, 2014

    Participant and Rapporteur, The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of ‘Big Data,’ Data & Society Research Institute, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Information Law Institute, New York University, New York, NY, 2014

    Participant, Cyberlaw Colloquium, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2014

    Participant, Symposium on Obfuscation, Information Law Institute and Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, New York, NY, 2014

    Judge, Data Privacy Legal Hackathon, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

    Task Force Participant, Identity in a Big Data World, Identity: Talk in the Tower, Giesecke & Devrient, Berlin, Germany, 2013-2014 → Slides

    Participant, Ethical, Legal, Social Implications Workshop, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

    Participant, Workshop on Personal Health Portfolios: Technology, Usability, and Policy, Information Law Institute and Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, New York, NY, 2013

    Participant, New Directions in the Science of Differential Privacy: Law and Policy Roundtable, Simons Foundation and Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY, 2013

    Participant, Data Transparency Weekend, The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY, 2012

    Participant, Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2011

    Participant, International Data Sharing Conference, Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2010

    Moderator, Media Sociology Forum II: ANTs and Fields, New York University, New York, NY, 2009

    Rapporteur, End-User Opt-In Working Group, Global Environment for Network Innovations, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2009

    Participant, Guardian and Katine: Can the Media Do Development? POLIS, London School of Economics, London, UK, 2009

    Rapporteur, Network Design and Societal Values, Network Science and Engineering (NetSE), National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 2008

    Participant, Beyond Terror: A New Global Security Agenda, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2005

    Moderator, The Dis/Simulations of War and Peace, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2003

    Summer Institutes

    “On Surveillance: Monitoring, Tracking, Aggregating,” Weimar-Princeton Summer School for Media Studies, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and Princeton University, Weimar, Germany, Summer 2011

    Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, Summer 2011

    Summer Research Institute for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems, Consortium for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems, Stevenson, WA, Summer 2010

    Annenberg/Oxford Summer Institute on Global Media Policy, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University, Summer 2008

    Working Groups

    Committee on Big Data, American Bar Association, 2014–Present

    Princeton TechSoc, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2014–Present

    Privacy Research Group, New York University, New York, NY, 2008–Present

    Post-Hermeneutical Reading Group, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, Princeton University, and Information Futures Group, New York University, New York, NY, 2012-2013

    Cultures of Finance Working Group, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, New York, NY, 2009-2011

    Daniel P. Paduano Faculty Symposium on Business Ethics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, New York, NY, 2008–Present

    NYLON Research Network, New York University/London School of Economics and Political Science, New York, NY/London, UK, 2007–2011

    Awards, Grants, and Honors

    Co-Principle Investigator, “Managing the Inferential Possibilities of Open Government Data,” Implications of Government Release of Large Datasets, The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft, 2015

    Recipient, Google Fellowship, Privacy Law Salon: Policymaker Roundtable, 2014

    Co-Recipient, International Association of Privacy Professionals Award for Best Paper, Privacy Law Scholars Conference, 2014

    Recipient, Phyllis and Gerald LeBoff Doctoral Fellowship in Media Ecology, New York University, 2007–2012

    Recipient, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Technology Foresight Forum Fellowship, Internet Society (ISOC), 2012

    Recipient, Summer Dissertation Writing Program, Provost’s Global Research Initiatives, New York University, 2012

    Recipient, The Sabatay Isaac Abrams and Mary S. Abrams-Cohen Memorial Scholarship Award, Sephardic Brotherhood of America, 2009

    Recipient, The Morris and Reina Raphael Memorial Scholarship Award, Sephardic Brotherhood of America, 2008

    Recipient, The William Gaston Premium Scholarship, Brown University, 2003

    Media and Press

    Emily Thomas, “Why Oakland Police Turned Down Predictive Policing,” Motherboard, December 28, 2016

    Sarah O’Connor, “The Risks of Relying on Robots for Fairer Staff Recruitment,” Financial Times, August 31, 2016

    Leonid Bershidsky, “People Should Be in Charge of Their Data (Thanks, EU),” Bloomberg, July 14, 2016

    Pradip Sigdyal, “Critics allege big data can be discriminatory, but is it really bias?,” CNBC, May 8, 2016

    Lauren Kirchner, “When Big Data Becomes Bad Data,” ProPublica, September 2, 2015 → Reprinted in The Atlantic

    Julia Angwin, Surya Mattu and Jeff Larson, “The Tiger Mom Tax: Asians Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Get a Higher Price from Princeton Review,” ProPublica, September 1, 2015

    Elizabeth Dwoskin, “How Social Bias Creeps Into Web Technology,” The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2015 → Highlighted in Communications of the ACM

    David Berreby, “Artificial Intelligence Is Already Weirdly Inhuman,” Nautilus, August 6, 2015

    Ifeoma Ajunwa and Wilneida Negrón, “The other big US Supreme Court decision we should be celebrating is one no one’s talking about,” Quartz, June 29, 2015

    Hal Hodson, “No One in Control: The Algorithms that Run our Lives,” New Scientist, February 4, 2015

    Katherine Noyes, “Will Big Data Help End Discrimination—or Make It Worse?Fortune, January 15, 2015

    David S. Levine, “Solon Barocas on Algorithms and Employment Discrimination,” Hearsay Culture, KZSU-FM, January 14, 2015

    Catherine Shen, “Tracking the Trackers: Investigators Reveal Pervasive Profiling of Web Users,” News at Princeton, November 5, 2014

    Catherine Shen, “Q&A: Casting Light on the Internet’s Shadows (and Shadowing),” News at Princeton, November 5, 2014 → Highlighted in Communications of the ACM

    Jedidiah Bracy, “Unraveling and Unpacking the Technology of Web Tracking,” The Privacy Advisor, October 27, 2014

    Dustin Volz, “Silicon Valley Thinks It Has the Answer to Its Diversity Problem,” National Journal, September 26, 2014 → Syndicated in Nextgov

    Alexis Stephens, “Big Data Has Potential to Both Hurt and Help Disadvantaged Communities,” Next City, September 24, 2014 → Highlighted in io9

    Sarah Sluis, “FTC Big Data Workshop: More Transparency, Please,” AdExchanger, September 17, 2014

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    Renee Boucher Ferguson, “Are Algorithms Influencing Your Business?MIT Sloan Management Review, November 22, 2013

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    EDGE Investigative Team, “Is Manhunt Selling Your Sexual Orientation?Edge on the Net, July 25, 2012

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