Ari E. Waldman
Professor of Law and Computer Science and Faculty Director, Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC)
Harvard Law School, JD 2005
Columbia University, MA 2013
Columbia University, PhD 2015
Professor Ari Ezra Waldman, a leading authority on law, technology and society, is a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University. He directs the School of Law's Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC). Professor Waldman studies how law and technology effect marginalized populations, with particular focus on privacy, misinformation and the LGBT community.
Professor Waldman is a widely published scholar, including two books, Privacy As Trust: Information Privacy for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power (Cambridge University Press, 2021), and more than 30 articles published in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the California Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and Law & Social Inquiry, Big Data & Society, and the Journal of Business Ethics, among others. He has also written for the popular press, publishing in The New York Times, Slate, New York Daily News and The Advocate, among others, and serves on the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry (LSI), a peer-reviewed journal that publishes work on sociolegal issues across multiple disciplines, including anthropology, criminology, economics, history, law, philosophy, political science, sociology and social psychology.
Professor Waldman has won numerous awards, fellowships and research grants for his scholarship. He was named one of 2020’s Top Fifty Thinkers by Prospect magazine, alongside heads of state, leading social justice advocates and renowned scholars. Professor Waldman won the Best Paper Award at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference twice, in 2017 and 2019; the Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award in 2019; and the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award in 2016 and 2019. He gave the 2018 Deirdre G. Martin Memorial Lecture on Privacy at the University of Ottawa in 2018. In 2019, he was awarded a Belfer Fellowship from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Democracy and Technology for research into technology-facilitated intimate partner violence and received a competitive research grant from the Knight Foundation.
Professor Waldman is also a recognized leader in his field. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2019 and serves on the board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). In 2020, he was elected chair of the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC), the largest academic conference in the field of law and technology. During his first three-year term, Professor Waldman has focused on making PLSC more affordable, as well as standardizing policies and building an anti-subordination/anti-racism law and technology community.
He is also the founder of @Legally_Queer, a social media project that educates the public about the history, present and future of LGBTQ freedom. Providing accessible summaries and context to LGBTQ cases and laws decided or enacted “on this date in history,” Legally Queer seeks to engage both the LGBTQ community and the general public in the role of the courts in equality and social justice.
Professor Waldman was previously the Microsoft Visiting Professor at the Center for Information Technology Policy and visiting professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and served as a professor of law at New York Law School, where he was the founding director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology. He has also served as a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham University School of Law. He clerked for Judge Scott W. Stucky at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
Fields of Expertise
- Constitutional Law
- Data Security
- First Amendment
- Law and Society
- Law and Technology
- LGBTQ Law
- Privacy Law and Policy
- Science and Technology Studies
- Sociology of Law
- Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
- Privacy as Trust: Information Privacy for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
- “Policing Queer Sexuality,” 121 Michigan Law Review (forthcoming 2023).
- “Manufactured Uncertainty in Constitutional Litigation,” 91 Fordham Law Review (forthcoming 2023).
- “Privacy’s Rights Trap,” 117 Northwestern University Law Review (forthcoming 2022).
- “Privacy, Practice, and Performance,” 110 California Law Review (forthcoming 2022).
- “Disorderly Content,” 97 Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2022).
- “Governing Algorithmic Decisions: The Role of Decision Importance and Governance on Perceived Legitimacy,” Big Data & Society (2022) (co-author).
- “Are Algorithmic Decisions Legitimate? The Effect of Process and Outcomes on Perceptions of Legitimacy of AI Decisions,” Journal of Business Ethics (2022) (co-author).
- “Social Norms and Fourth Amendment Law,” 120 Michigan Law Review 265 (2021) (co-author).
- “The New Privacy Law,” 55 U.C. Davis Law Review Online 19 (2021).
- “Outsourcing Privacy,” 96 Notre Dame Law Review Discourse 194 (2021).
- “Privacy Law’s False Promise,” 97 Washington University Law Review 773 (2020).
- “Past the Paradox: The Importance of Privacy Changes as a Function of Control and Complexity,” 5 Journal of the Association of Consumer Research (forthcoming 2020) (co-author).
- “Privacy By Design? A Critique of Article 25 of the GDPR,” 53 Cornell International Law Journal 147 (2020).
- “Power, Process, and Automated Decision-Making,” 88 Fordham Law Review 613 (2019).
- “Safe Social Spaces,” 96 Washington University Law Review 1537 (2019).
- “Cognitive Biases, Dark Patterns, and the “Privacy Paradox”,” 31 Current Opintion in Psychology 105 (2019).
- “Law, Privacy, and Online Dating: “Revenge Porn” in Gay Online Communities,” 44 Law & Social Inquiry 987 (2019).
- “Privacy’s Law of Design,” 9 UC Irvine Law Review 1239 (2019).
- “Sex, Lies, and Videotape: Deep Fakes and Free Speech Delusions,” 78 Maryland Law Review 892 (2019) (co-author).
- “Designing Without Privacy,” 55 Houston Law Review 659 (2018).
- “The Marketplace of Fake News,” 20 Pennyslvania Journal of Constitutional Law 845 (2018).
- “Are Anti-Bullying Laws Effective?,” 103 Cornell Law Review Online135 (2018).
- “Privacy, Notice, and Design,” 21 Stanford Technology Law Review 74 (2018).
- “A Breach of Trust: Fighting “Revenge Porn”,” 102 Iowa Law Review 709 (2017).
- “Trust: A Model for Disclosure in Patent Law,” 92 Indiana Law Journal 557 (2017).
- “Triggering Tinker: Student Speech in the Age of Cyberharassment,” 71 University of Miami Law Review 427 (2017).
- “Privacy, Sharing, and Trust: The Facebook Study,” 67 Case Western Reserve Law Review 193 (2016).
- “Manipulating Trust on Facebook,” 29 Loyola Consumer Law Review 175 (2016).
- “Amplifying Abuse: The Fusion of Cyberharassment and Discrimination,”Boston University Law Review Annex (October 2015).
- “Privacy As Trust: Sharing Personal Information in a Networked World,” 69 University of Miami Law Review 559 (2015).
- “Marriage Rights and the Good Life,” 64 Hastings Law Journal 739 (2013).
- “All Those Like You: Identity, Aggression, and Student Speech,” 77 Missouri Law Review 563 (2013).
- “Tormented: Anti-Gay Bullying in Schools,” 84 Temple Law Review 385 (2012).
- “Navigating Hate and Harassment on Queer Dating Apps,” in Technology-Facilitated Violence and Abuse: International Perspectives and Experiences, eds. J. Bailey et al. (forthcoming 2020).
- “Algorithmic Legitimacy,” in Cambridge Handbook on Law and Algorithms, ed. W. Barfield (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).
- “Knowledge Production Across Contexts,” in Governing Privacy in Knowledge Commons, eds. M. Sanfilippo et al. (forthcoming 2020) (co-author).
- “Trust: Privacy in the Digital Age,” in Digitization and the Law, eds. E. Hilgendorf et al. (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2018).
- “Privacy as Trust,” in Cultures of Privacy, eds. K. Fitz et al. (2016).
- “Presumptive Criminals: HIV-Related Aggravated Assaults,” in Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice, eds. D. Peterson et al. (Springer-Verlag, 2014).
- “A Woman’s Facebook Messages Were Used in an Abortion Case. Here’s Why That’s Not Surprising,” News@Northeastern (August 18, 2022).
- Podcast: “Privacy Unbound: An Interview with Professor Ari Ezra Waldman,” This Week in Digital Trust (May 24, 2022).
- “Data Privacy and Harassment Could spoil Grindr’s Wall Street Romance,” Protocol (May 22, 2022).
- “The Internet of Things and Your Data: Making the Invisible Visible,” SCTE Long Read (May 2022).
- Webinar: “Privacy Legislation: How to Create Effective Privacy Laws,” TeachPrivacy (March 29, 2022).
- European Parliament Testimony: Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, (March 16, 2022).
- “Waldman Awarded Two Antimonopoly Academic Grants by the Economic Security Project,” Northeastern Law News Announcement (March 3, 2022).
- “Investing in Research to Inform a New Paradigm,” Medium (February 23, 2022).
- “With Groceries Getting More Expensive, How Much Can Rewards Cards Save Shoppers?,” Boston25 News (February 8, 2022).
- “Google Privacy Suits Break New Ground With Focus on 'Dark Patterns',” Reuters (January 25, 2022).
- “Professor Waldman Joins EPIC Board of Directors,” Northeastern Law News Announcement (December 22, 2022).
- “How Big Tech Turns Privacy Laws Into Privacy Theater,” Slate (December 2, 2021).
- Video: “Industry Unbound,” NBC's Press:Here (October 24, 2021).
- “Biometrics and Business,” BYUradio's Top of Mind (August 17, 2021).
- “Should You Sell Your Palm Print to Amazon?,” Northeastern News (August 9, 2021).
- Paper Review: “Papers We’re Reading: Privacy Law’s False Promise,” Consumers’ Research (August 2, 2021).
- “A Prominent Priest Was Outed for Using Grindr. Experts Say It’s a Warning Sign,” Slate (July 21, 2021).
- “Professor Waldman Appointed to Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry,” Northeastern Law News Announcement (January 6, 2021).
- “Cyberbullying and the Limits of Free Speech,” The Regulatory Review (December 19, 2020).