Publications

In Progress

Data as a Democratic Medium: A Relational Theory of Equality for the Data Political Economy (job talk paper).
Argues that current conceptualizations of digital information’s value and risk in law are under- and over-inclusive. They fail to capture many of the relational forms of information, as well as many of its relational benefits. The paper develops a more robust conceptual account by drawing on relational egalitarianism.
– Accepted to the 2020 Privacy Law Scholars Workshop.
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Data Market Discipline: From Financial Regulation to Data Governance
Argues for a comparative theoretical framework from financial regulation for data governance as one way to move beyond the individual privacy and contracts paradigm in regulating the flow of personal information. This comparison is supported by several commonalities between the flows of personal information and of financial instruments, as well as the kinds of regulatory challenges they present.
– Accepted to the 2020 Privacy Law Scholars Workshop.

Economic Method, Digital Platform: When Mechanism Design Moves Online (currently under review)
Traces the disciplinary drift of mechanism design from social welfare economics, where it was developed to address social coordination and problems of social cost, into algorithmic platform settings, where it is used to reiteratively tune and optimize platform settings for exchange. Argues this disciplinary drift lends insight into the normative contradictions and tensions at the heart of this method’s use in online settings.
– Accepted to the 2020 Privacy Law Scholars Workshop.
– Accepted for oral presentation at the 2020 Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good.

The Promise and Limits of Lawfulness (essay for forthcoming edited volume)
Argues for more sophisticated understanding of the relationship between law and legitimacy in current calls for regulation from the AI Ethics community, which posits law as a more robust alternative to non-legal ethical responses. Like non-regulatory ethics responses, legal solutions may undermine or express the demands of justice that motivate their implementation. Law, like ethics, is a terrain of contestation, upon which the degree and substance of new forms of discipline for the technology industry may be determined.
– Accepted for presentation at the Inaugural 2020 Law and Political Economy Conference (delayed due to Covid-19).

Law Reviews

The Technological Politics of Mechanism DesignUniversity of Chicago Law Review (Online Edition) (2019) (with Z. Hitzig and L. Hu)
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The Chilling Effects of Algorithmic Profiling: Mapping the IssuesComputer Law and Security Review (2019) (with E. Fosch Villeronga, A. Tamò-Larrieux, & S. Velidi)
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Data Protection’s Composition ProblemEuropean Data Protection Law Review (2019) (with A. Fluitt, A. Cohen, M. Altman, K. Nissim, & A. Wood)
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Technical Venues

Algorithmic Realism: Expanding the Boundaries of Algorithmic ThoughtACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAT*) (2020) (with B. Green)
– Note on venue: in computer science, conferences are the primary publishing venues. These papers undergo double-blind peer review and are published within conference proceedings as full papers equivalent to journal publications other fields.
PDF | Publisher’s Version

Law and Adversarial Machine LearningConference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2018, Workshop on Security in Machine Learning (NeurIPS) (2018) (with R. Shankar, D. O’Brien, and K. Albert).
– Accepted for oral presentation.
PDF | arXiv

Popular Venues

“What (if anything) is wrong with treating data as property or labor?” Phenomenal World, Jain Family Institute (forthcoming)

“Privacy vs. Health is a False Trade off,” Jacobin, April 17, 2020.
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“The Promise and Pitfalls of the California Consumer Privacy Act,” Critical Reflections, Cornell Tech, April 11, 2020.
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Facebook’s Surveillance is Nothing Compared with Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon” The Guardian, April 6, 2018.
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