I’m a postdoctoral research associate at New York University School of Law’s Information Law Institute and NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. I’m also a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute. I research how law and technology interact to regulate behavior, with special emphasis on legal, organizational, and social aspects of surveillance and monitoring.
In August 2014, I completed my PhD in Sociology at Princeton University, where my dissertation work examined the use of public and private surveillance for rule enforcement in the United States trucking industry. I have a JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
I am affiliated with NYU Law’s Privacy Research Group and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. Prior to my graduate work, I was a law clerk in the U.S. Federal Courts.
- My research is discussed in this New York Times piece on quantification and monitoring at work. [3/20/15]
- My paper “The Contexts of Control: Information, Power, and Truck Driving Work” was published in The Information Society — paywall link here or let me know if you’d like a copy! [3/20/15]
- With Tim Hwang (my fellow fellow at Data & Society), I wrote about the metaphors we use to talk about data, for the Atlantic: ‘The Cloud’ and Other Dangerous Metaphors. We also talked about it on CBC Radio.
- Lots of fun travel coming up! I’m excited to talk data, tech, and surveillance at: NYU Law (Accountability and Algorithms conference, 2/28), SXSW Interactive (3/16), Idaho Law (symposium on Privacy in the Age of Pervasive Surveillance, 4/3), and WeRobot 2015 (4/11).
- On Jan. 7, 2015, I’ll be speaking on a panel at Eyebeam called “Consent and the Network” with Alice Marwick, Sarah Jeong, and Joanne McNeil. Info here.
- I’m giving a talk to the New York chapter of the Transportation Research Forum on Dec. 4. Information is here.
- I wrote an article for The Atlantic called “Rape Is Not A Data Problem,” which suggests that the tech sector’s approach to sexual violence might be part of the problem.
- In November, I’ll be speaking on a panel about “The Business and Ethics of (Big) Data” at Privacy Identity Innovation (pii2014) in Palo Alto.
- The MIT Technology Review ran a nice article about my joint work with Matt Salganik: “Inspired by Wikipedia, Social Scientists Create a Revolution in Online Surveys.” Our paper is viewable at the arXiv here.
- In August, I defended my dissertation and completed my PhD (!).
- I wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times about the economics of trucker fatigue, and visited SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking radio to talk about it.
- In June, I workshopped a new paper about surveillance and resistance at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference.
- I gave a talk on reconceptualizing the “end user” at Theorizing the Web in April, through a case study of meth-proof pseudoephedrine. You can see the slides from my talk here.
- My paper “Relational Big Data,” which explores how data practices are changing our interpersonal relationships in a range of domains, is viewable at the Stanford Law Review Online.
- I wrote a piece on data-driven dating for the IAPP’s Privacy Perspectives blog.
- My paper “Driving Regulation: Using Topic Models to Examine Political Contention in the U.S. Trucking Industry,” a collaboration with Michael Franklin, is available at Social Science Computer Review (paywall though).