Microsoft Gives $1M Gift to NYU Law Tech Institute
The Information Law Institute (ILI) at New York University Law School announced Wednesday it has received a $1 million gift from Microsoft Corp.
The unrestricted gift will enable the ILI, a research center devoted to the study of law, policy, and technology as they relate to information and information technology in digitally networked societies, to broaden its Fellows Program, the university said in a statement. The Fellows Program supports law school graduates and post-doctoral researchers conducting privacy research at the intersection of technology, policy, law, and ethics. The money will allow the institute expand and include research related to areas that are of concern in the business and public policy worlds: cybersecurity and IT innovation studies, along with antitrust.
"Urgent privacy questions surrounding social media, health IT, Big Data, law enforcement, and national security often defy existing law, policy, and theory," ILI director and NYU professor Helen Nissenbaum said.
ILI Fellows produce academic publications, empirical user studies, appellate briefs, and public comments related to public policy. In mobile and health IT privacy projects, ILI Fellows have engaged in deliberations with government and industry groups. Former fellows have gone on to clerkships, public interest advocacy organizations, tenure track assistant professorships, private legal practice, and industry research.
"Insights from NYU's scholars have helped to advance the community's understanding on some of the most important issues in technology and the law today," Brad Smith, Microsofts general counsel and executive vice president of legal and corporate affairs, said in the statement announcing the gift. "We are thrilled to be able to support NYU's work and to help ensure we can all continue to learn from their thought leaders."
ILI Fellows in the new research areas will work with professors from the institute and from the law schools Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, along with its Center on Law and Security.