Ari Ezra Waldman is Professor of Law and Computer Science and Northeastern University School of Law and Khoury College of Computer Sciences. In the 2019-2020 academic year, Ari served as the Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology at the Center for Information Technology Policy and a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public International Affiars at Princeton University. Ari is also a 2019-2020 Belfer Fellow of the Anti-Dafmation League’s Center for Technology and Society. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Ari is an internationally recognized thought leader on privacy and online safety. He researches how law and technology entrench traditional hierarchies of power, with particular focus on privacy, society, and the LGBTQ community.
His first book, Privacy As Trust: Information Law for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2018), argues that privacy law should protect information disclosed in contexts of trust. His second book, Privacy's Vicious Cycle (forthcoming 2021) is based on 4 years of field research on how the information industry undermines privacy law. Ari’s more than 20 scholarly articles over the past 5 years have been published in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and The Advocate, among other popular press.
Ari has received numerous awards for his academic work. He has won the Best Paper Award at the Privacy Law Scholar’s Conference twice, in 2019 and 2017, and is the only person to the award twice for single-authored work. He also won the Privacy Papers for Policmakers Award, was honored as the Deirdre G. Martin Memorial Lecturer on Privacy at the University of Ottawa in 2018, and in 2019 and 2016, his scholarship was awarded the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award by the New York Law School faculty.
Ari has testified twice before the U.S. House of Representatives and once at the Federal Trade Commission on issues relating to privacy and online social networks.