Elana Zeide is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska's College of Law. She teaches, writes, and consults about children's and students' privacy, artificial intelligence, and the modern day "permanent record." Zeide critically explores the impact of emerging technologies and artificial intelligence on individuals' well-being, education, and equity.
Her research emphasizes the crucial role of effective data governance in protecting students, children, and democratic values in an increasingly digital world. Recent publications focus on the pedagogical and privacy implications of online proctoring and constant school surveillance, the challenges posed by haphazard adoption of artificial intelligence in learning, admissions, and hiring systems, and the shortcomings of current student and child privacy regulation. Forthcoming work examines recent efforts by schools and policymakers to protect privacy through social media laws, amending federal privacy statutes, and enacting "parents' bill of rights" legislation.
Zeide previously served as a PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law & Policy at UCLA's School of Law, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Law, an Associate Research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, a Visiting Fellow at Yale School of Law’s Information Society Project, and a Microsoft Research Fellow at New York University's Information Law Institute. She is also an affiliate at Data & Society Research Institute and serves on advisory boards for The Future of Privacy Forum, Macmillan Learning’s Impact Research Advisory Council, and Blackboard’s Taskforce to Develop Framework and Standards for the Ethical and Legal Use of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education.
Zeide received her B.A. cum laude in American Studies from Yale University, and her J.D. and LL.M. from New York University School of Law where she was a Notes Editor of the New York University Law Review. Elana worked as a Litigation Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and a Legal Analyst at Bloomberg Media before opening her own privacy, media, and platform law practice. Prior to becoming an attorney, Elana was a journalist and pop culture columnist in London and New York. She believes she is the only person to have both reported for and legally represented The National Enquirer.