I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, associated faculty at Cornell Law School, and field faculty in Cornell’s Department of Science and Technology Studies. I research how rules and technologies interact to regulate behavior, with emphasis on legal, organizational, and social aspects of surveillance and monitoring.
I have a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University, where my dissertation work examined the development of legal and organizational surveillance in the United States trucking industry. I have a JD from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. Before joining Cornell, I was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University School of Law’s Information Law Institute, NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and the Data and Society Research Institute.
- Two new articles in press: one in Policy & Internet about customer ratings as a backdoor for discriminatory employment outcomes (with Alex Rosenblat, Solon Barocas, and Tim Hwang; we won a Best Paper Award for it from the Oxford Internet Institute, and discussed it at New Scientist); and one in Washington University Law Review about the unique privacy vulnerabilities facing people in poverty (with Mary Madden, Michele Gilman, and Alice Marwick). [7/17]
- New article! I wrote about what blockchain-based smart contracts get wrong about law, published in Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. [2/17]
- My colleague Clara Berridge and I were awarded a grant from the Borchard Foundation to pursue research on state laws about surveillance cameras in nursing homes. [1/17]
- I’m excited to affiliate with Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality and Media Studies Initiative. [1/17]
- Solon Barocas and I wrote about our research on “refractive surveillance” — how data collection about one group can impact another — for the Harvard Business Review, and talked about it [dubbed in French] on France Culture radio. [10/16]
- I’ve started my new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell! [07/16]
- My book, Data Driven: Truckers and the New Workplace Surveillance, is under contract with Princeton University Press, coming in 2018. [07/16]
- I appeared on the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast to talk about intimate surveillance, and John Danaher wrote a great 2-part ethical analysis of my work to accompany it [part 1 and part 2]. [07/16]
- My paper on intimate surveillance is available from the Idaho Law Review, and I discussed it on CBC’s The Spark. [12/7/15]
- I wrote about meth-proof pseudoephedrine for First Monday. [12/7/15]
- I wrote about workplace surveillance for Pacific Standard and discussed it on NPR’s Science Friday. [8/28/15]
- 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).