The Future of Privacy Forum announced that a paper co-authored by MCC Professor Helen Nissenbaum was one of five academic papers to receive its annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award. The paper, Privacy of Public Data, is pending publication.
The award recognizes the year’s "leading privacy research and scholarship that has been judged most useful for policymakers in the United States Congress, in federal and state agencies, and around the world."
The January 11 award ceremony will be hosted by Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Joe Barton and Congresswoman Diana DeGette, co-chairs of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus.
Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her eight books include Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest, with MCC Assistant Professor 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). Her research has been published in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. Grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as studies of values embodied in design, search engines, digital games, facial recognition technology, and health information systems.