Helen Nissenbaum is professor of Media, Culture and Communication and Computer Science at New York University, and a Director of the Information Law Institute. She is best known for her work on privacy, privacy law, trust, and security in the online world. Her context-based approach to privacy has been influential in United States government thinking about privacy issues.
She is a contributor to the TrackMeNot privacy-through-obfuscation extension for Firefox and Chrome.
Nissenbaum has written or edited a number of books:
- F. Brunton and H. Nissenbaum "Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest" (2015)
- M.Flanagan and H. Nissenbaum "Values at Play in DIgital Games" (2014)
- J. Lane, V. Stodden, S. Bender, H. Nissenbaum, (Eds.) "Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good" (2014)
- Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (2010)
- Emotion and Focus (1985)
- M. Price and H. Nissenbaum (Eds.), Academy and the Internet (2004)
- D. Johnson and H. Nissenbaum (Eds.), Computers, Ethics, and Social Values (1995)
- Faculty page at New York University
- "CV Helen Nissenbaum". New York University. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
- Alex Madrigal, "The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the FTC's New Approach to Privacy", The Atlantic, Mar 29 2012
- Howe, Daniel C. (2016). "Surveillance Countermeasures: Expressive Privacy via Obfuscation". aprja.net. APRJA. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
Some critics questioned TrackMeNot's effectiveness against machine-learning attacks, some cast it as a misuse of bandwidth, and others found it unethical.