Helen Nissenbaum is a professor of Information Science and founding director of the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech, New York City.
Her work focuses on ethical, and political implications of digital technologies on issues such as privacy, bias in digital systems, trust online, ethics in design, and accountability in computational and algorithmic systems.
Prof. Nissenbaum's publications, which include the books, Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015), Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and
Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010), have been translated into seven languages, including Polish, Chinese, and Portuguese.
Grants from the NSF, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator, McArthur Foundation, DARPA, and NSA have supported her research.
Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association and the IACAP Covey Award for computing, ethics, and philosophy, Prof. Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing free software, TrackMeNot
(protecting against profiling based on Web search) and AdNauseam (protecting against profiling based on ad clicks).
She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
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