Elana Zeide is an attorney, consultant, and scholar who writes and advises parents, educators, companies, and policymakers on student privacy, predictive analytics, and the proverbial permanent record in the age of big data. She is a Research Fellow at New York University's Information Law Institute, an Affiliate of the Data & Society Research Institute, and an Advisory Board member of the Future of Privacy Forum and iKeepSafe.
Elana examines the law, policies, and cultural norms emerging as education, and the rest of society, becomes increasingly data-driven. She focuses on the implications of algorithmic and predictive assessment and credentialing in traditional schools, virtual learning environments, and career services and brokers. She writes for both popular and academic publications, recently including a discussion of algorithmic profiling on Slate, an article examining current and proposed student privacy regulation forthcoming in the Drexel Law Review, and chapters on the ethics of user experimentation on learning platforms and social media in the upcoming Handbook of Learning Analytics & Educational Data Mining.
Elana graduated from Yale University and New York University's School of Law. She subsequently worked as a Litigation Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLC, a Legal Analyst at Bloomberg L.P., and a Visiting Professor at Yale University, where she taught courses on Free Speech and the First Amendment. She came to the fellowship from her own privacy and media law practice.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Elana was a journalist and pop culture columnist in London and New York, and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She believes she is the only person to have both reported for and legally represented The National Enquirer.