Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech and currently on leave from New York University, Media, Culture, and Communication and Computer Science. Prof. Nissenbaum's work spans societal, ethical, and political dimensions of information technologies and digital media. Her books include 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). Grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have supported her research on privacy, trust online, cyber security, and values in design (of search engines, digital games, facial recognition technology, health information systems, etc.).
Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Prof. Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software, including TrackMeNot (for protecting against profiling based on Web search) and AdNauseam (protecting against profiling based on ad clicks). Both are free and freely available.
Prof. Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She received an honorary doctorate from Leuphana University at Lüneberg in 2017. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.
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