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Helen Nissenbaum is professor of information science at Cornell Tech.[1] She is best known for the concept of "contextual integrity" and her work on privacy, privacy law, trust, and security in the online world. Specifically, contextual integrity has influenced the United States government's thinking about privacy issues.[2][3]

Helen Nissenbaum
Alma materStanford University
University of the Witwatersrand
OccupationProfessor of information science
EmployerCornell Tech
Known forContextual integrity
AwardsBarwise Prize (2014)



Nissenbaum has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.[4]

She is a contributor to the TrackMeNot privacy-through-obfuscation extension for Firefox and Chrome,[5] as well as the AdNauseam extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera that employs similar privacy-through-obfuscation tactics against ad network data collection.[6]


Nissenbaum has written or edited a number of books:

  • Finn Brunton; Helen Nissenbaum (2015). Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262029735.
  • Mary Flanagan; Helen Nissenbaum (2014). Values at Play in Digital Games. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262027663.
  • Lane, Julia; Stodden, Victoria; Bender, Stefan; Nissenbaum, Helen, eds. (2014). Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107067356.
  • Helen Nissenbaum (2009). Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804772891.
  • Nissenbaum, Helen; Price, Monroe E., eds. (2004). Academy & the Internet. Peter Lang. ISBN 9780820462035.
  • Johnson, Deborah G.; Nissenbaum, Helen, eds. (1995). Computers, Ethics & Social Values. Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780131031104.
  • Helen Nissenbaum (1986). Emotion and Focus. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780937073209.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Helen Nissenbaum". Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  2. ^ Alexis Madrigal (29 March 2012). "The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the FTC's New Approach to Privacy". The Atlantic. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  3. ^ "CV Helen Nissenbaum". New York University. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  4. ^ "Helen Nissenbaum Bio". New York University. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ Howe, Daniel C. (2016). "Surveillance Countermeasures: Expressive Privacy via Obfuscation". 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.
  6. ^ Nissenbaum, Helen.; Howe, Daniel C. (2017). "Engineering Privacy and Protest: A Case Study of AdNauseam" (PDF). International Workshop on Privacy Engineering – IWPE'17.