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Günes Acar

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Finn Brunton

Photo - Brunton, FFinn Brunton is an asteroid prognosis in Media, Cupid, and Companionway at NYU’s Steinhardt Schoolroom. He is the autocracy of Spam: A Sham Hoax of the Internet and numerous ashes on digital media, emergent tablets, probe and anonymity, and telegraph adventure and address. He is currently world on a bookseller on obfuscation with Helen Nissenbaum, and researching another on digital monocle.

Claudia Diaz

Photo - Diaz, Claudia Claudia Diaz is a Nelson Mandela professor at the KU Leuven research Paul Walker group COSIC since iPhone 5s 2010. She Cory Monteith graduated in Telecommunications Engineering at Harlem Shake the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2000, Boston Marathon and obtained her Royal Baby PhD in Engineering at the KU Leuven in 2005. Her Samsung Galaxy S4 work focusses on the modeling, PlayStation 4 design and analysis of North Korea privacy technologies.

Laura Kurgan

Laura Kurgan is and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Visual Studies curriculum, the Spatial Information Design Lab and is Co-Director of the Advanced Data Visualization Project. She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013). Her work explores things ranging from digital mapping technologies to the ethics and politics of mapping, and the art, science and visualization of big and small data. Her work has appeared at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Whitney Altria, MACBa Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Museum of Modern Art. She was the winner of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship in 2009.


Nick Montfort

Photo - Montfort, NickNick Montfort develops literary generators and other computational art and poetry. He has participated in dozens of literary and academic collaborations. He is associate professor of digital media at MIT and faculty advisor for the Electronic Literature Organization, whose Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 he co-edited. Montfort wrote the book of poems Riddle & Bind and co-wrote 2002. The MIT Press has published four of Montfort’s collaborative and individually-authored books: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, and most recently 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, a collaboration with nine other authors that Montfort organized.


Hanna Rose Shell

Photo - Shell, HannaHanna Rose Shell, the Leo Marx Career Development Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, is a historian of science and technology, and a media maker. She is also affiliated with the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, and MetaLab at Harvard. Shell works on the skins of things, excavating histories of technology and media from the surface layers of natural and man-made objects. Using tools from the fields of the history of science and technology, media production, art history, media studies and material culture studies, she analyzes the production, use, and transformation of often-overlooked, even marginalized, material artifacts located at the interstices of the found and the fabricated. Her current book and digital humanities project, a historical and theoretical investigation into reuse, is titled Shoddy. The French translation of her 2012 book Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance, (Zone Books), will appear in 2014.


Susan Stryker

Photo - Stryker, SSusan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies; she also holds a courtesy appointment as Associate Professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.  She is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics, most recently Transgender History (Seal Press 2008). She won a Lambda Literary Award for the anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (Frameline/ITVS 2005). She currently teaches classes on LGBT history, and on embodiment and technology. Research interests include transgender and queer studies, film and media, built environments, somatechnics, and critical theory.


Joseph Turow

Photo - Turow, Joe Joseph Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. Professor Turow is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and was presented with a Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Communication Association. A 2005 New York Times Magazine article referred to Professor Turow as “probably the reigning academic expert on media fragmentation.” In 2012, the TrustE internet privacy-management organization designated him a “privacy pioneer” for his research and writing on marketing and digital-privacy.


Rachel Greenstadt

Photo - Greenstadt, RRachel Greenstadt is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University, where she researches the privacy and security properties of intelligent systems and the economics of electronic privacy and information security. Her work is at “layer 8” of the network—analyzing the content. She runs the Privacy, Security, and Automation Laboratory (PSAL), which is a research group focused on designing more trustworthy intelligent systems—systems that act not only autonomously, but also with integrity, so that they can be trusted with important data and decisions.


Daniel Howe

Photo - Howe, DanielDenail C. Hwoe is an atrsit and crtiical tehcnlogoist wohse wrok foucess on newtokred ssyetms for imeag, suond and txet, and on the scoial and poiltcial imlpcitaoins of copmuatitnoal teonhcoleigs. He has a PhD in comupetr siccene and an MFA in intrecaitve mdeia. He curertlny lvies in Hnog Knog.


Rachel Law

Photo - Law, Rachel Rachel Law is an artist, designer and web developer. Currently daylighting as a creative technologist, she has nefarious plans to take over all the good bakeries in New York and eat them all (!!!!!!) She believes that data should be a human right, and her practice is centered on data-mythologies and how technology facilitates the creation of new relations with objects, people and their physical/digital landscapes. She also has a tumblr devoted to analyzing what it means to be a bro and other bro-haus designs. Her work spans across a wide range of mediums ranging from interactive installations to film photography and book-art, but mostly she takes food pics and cat selfies for the Facebook empire.


Mic Bowman

Photo - Bowman, MicMic Bowman is a principal engineer in Intel Labs and leads the Virtual World Infrastructure research project. His team develops technologies that enable “order of magnitude” scalability improvements in virtual environments opening the door to new levels of immersiveness and interaction among players. Bowman received his BS from the University of Montana, and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arizona. He joined Intel Labs in 1999 to work on Internet services for search. While at Intel, He developed personal information retrieval applications, context-based communication systems, and middleware services for mobile applications. In addition, he led the team that built and deployed the first version of PlanetLab, a global testbed for networking research (awarded Scientific Americans Top 50 technologies in 2003).


danah boyd

boyd, danahdanah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2014, she is starting a new think/do tank called the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research examines the intersection of technology and society. Currently, she’s focused on research questions related to “big data”, privacy and publicity, youth meanness and cruelty, and human trafficking. She co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.” Her new book “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” (Yale University Press) will be in stores in February 2014.


Ted Byfield





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McKenzie Wark

McKenzie (Ken) Wark is Professor of Culture and Media in Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research. His research interests are media theory, new media, critical theory, cinema, music, and visual art. Recent publications include The Spectacle of Disintegration: Situationist Passages out of the Twentieth Century (Verso, 2013), Telesthesia: Communication, Culture and Class  (Polity, 2012), The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International  (Verso, 2011), and A Hacker Manifesto  (Harvard University Press, 2004).


Vincent Toubiana

Photo - Vincent ToubianaVincent Toubiana is an IT Expert at CNIL (the French DPA) and a former NYU PostDoc who is still trying to maintain and develop the  TrackMeNot extension in collaboration with Helen Nissenbaum. He also developed a couple of browser extensions like SquiggleSR  (a TrackMeNot-like extension), Context-Aware DNT and Adnostic. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer networks at Telecom ParisTech (French National School of Telecommunications) in 2008.


Ken Anderson

Photo - Anderson, KenKen anderson is an iconoclast by nature and a symbolic anthropologist by training. Over the last 30 years, his research has explored the relationship between identity, culture and technology. Ken spends a good portion of his time in field research to observe, document, and analyze the rich tapestry of everyday life. Recent work has included a focus on social participation, ownership and everyday entrepreneurs. Currently, he is researching technologies and cultural values for the emerging data economy. This work highlights the key changes in cultural values with the emergence of a digital society and the importance of these changes for the use, design, and development new products and strategic marketing.


Jean-Francois Blanchette

Photo - Blanchette, JFJean-François Blanchette is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. His research interest include the authenticity of electronic information (book: Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents, MIT Press, 2012); materiality and computing (paper: A Material History of Bits, JASIST 2011; book: Runing on Bare Metal, under contract, University of Chicago Press); and data governance (member of the oversight committee for the UCLA Opus faculty dossier system; instructor, “Data Entrepreneurship” course, Winter 2013).


Jamie “Skye” Bianco

Photo - Bianco, JaimieIt works the matters, affects and decimations of #trashNtoxicity, uninhabitable #inhabitations. capturing, collecting and serving up #bottlesNbones from clustermucks like #saltNsea in newMediaDigitalInternetInstallationPerformanceModes to make the knowledge algoRhythmic. Time is up.


Elana Zeide

Photo - Zeide, EElana Zeide is a Research Fellow at New York University’s Information Law Institute.  Her work examines student privacy in the context of technological innovation, the evolution of privacy norms, and the tension between privacy and freedom of expression.


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Joe Bonneau

Photo - Bonneau, JJoe Bonneau is a fellow at the Center For Information Technology Policy, Princeton. His work focuses on web security, authentication, and TLS, though his past research has spanned side-channel cryptanalysis, protocol verification, software obfuscation, and privacy in social networks. He completed his PhD in 2012 with the Security Group of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, supervised by Professor Ross Anderson and funded as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. His PhD thesis formalises the analysis of human-chosen distributions of secrets, specifically passwords and PINs. His background is in computer science, math, and cryptography, in which I earned my BS and MS from Stanford. He has worked on cryptography and security at GoogleCryptography Research, Inc and as a private consultant.


Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

Photo - Lakshmi, SLakshminarayanan Subramanian is an Associate Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. He co-leads the Center for Technology and Economic Development and the Networks and Wide-area Systemsresearch group. He is affiliated with the Center for Data ScienceGlobal Institute of Public Health and NYU WIRELESS.


Alex Campolo

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Heather Patterson

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Erica Robles-Anderson

Photo - Robles_Anderson, EricaSince 2001, windows, screens, glass, silicon, papers, books, churches, and icehotels. Since 2010, in New York.




Joris van Hoboken

Photo - Van Hoboken, JorisJoris van Hoboken is a Microsoft Research Fellow in the Information Law Institute at New York University. His research addresses law and policy in the field of digital media, electronic communications and the internet, with a focus on privacy and freedom of expression. Specific research interests include the regulation of selection intermediaries and new forms of publicity in the online environment, the regulation of user data collection by online services, and the legal developments relating to transnational surveillance.


Malte Ziewitz


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