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Karen Levy – Featured Scholar

Karen LevyKaren Levy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. Professor Levy researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance. Much of her work analyzes the uses of monitoring for social control in various contexts, from long-haul trucking to intimate relationships. She is also interested in how data collection uniquely impacts, and is contested by, marginalized populations.


In one of her recent papers, “Privacy Dependencies,” Professor Levy and her coauthor Solon Barocas explain how one person’s privacy choices can affect the privacy of family, friends, and those of similar or different demographic characteristics. They discuss the social value of privacy and advocate for its protection.