Helen Nissenbaum, Professor at Cornell Tech, member of the Information Science Department at Cornell University and Director of the Digital Life Initiative, has been named the Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Professor at Cornell Tech. Nissenbaum began her tenure as an endowed chair effective July 1st.
“Even as advances in AI and powerful surveillance technologies hold promise for humanity, they pose enormous threats. Through fundamental research and practical interventions, I have had the good fortune of working with outstanding members of the DLI community and Cornell Tech colleagues, to preserve and promote ethical values, quality of life for all, and human dignity. Being named the Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Professor brings honor and recognition to this ongoing work.” said Nissenbaum.
As the Director of the Digital Life Initiative, Nissenbaum oversees the exploration of societal perspectives surrounding the development and application of digital technology, focusing on ethics, policy, politics, and quality of life.
Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) in philosophy and mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
The Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Chaired Professorship at Cornell Tech was endowed by the couple in 2016.