Helen Nissenbaum

Director, Information Law Institute
Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science

Department of Media, Culture and Communication

New York University

East Building, 7th Floor
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003

(212) 998-5251


Website: NYU faculty profile

Issues: Media and Content, Internet, Search and Advertising, Intellectual Property, Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing and Privacy and Security

About Helen Nissenbaum

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of both Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her areas of expertise span the social, ethical, and political implications of information technology and digital media. She has written and edited seven books, including 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 University Press, 2010) and her research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science.

Professor Nissenbaum is currently engaged with two initiatives: the Privacy Research Group, which examines privacy in the digital age; and the Values In Design Council, a community resource for the study and implementation of values in technology design (VID).

The National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator have supported her work on privacy, security, and trust online, as well as several studies of values embodied in computer system design, including search engines, digital games, facial recognition technology, and health information systems. 

Before joining the faculty at NYU, Professor Nissenbaum served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Ph.D., Philosophy, Stanford University, 1983
M.A., Social Sciences in Education, Stanford University, 1978
B.A., Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1976
B.A., Mathematics and Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1975