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Salomé Viljoen

Salomé Viljoen

DLI Postdoctoral Fellow

Salomé is a joint postdoctoral fellow at Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative the NYU School of Law's Information Law Institute. In July 2021, she will be joining Columbia Law School as an Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Law. Salomé is also a former Fellow and current Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Salomé studies how information law (particularly contract law and privacy law) structure inequality in the information economy and how alternative legal regimes may address that inequality. She uses empirical and normative analysis both to understand how information creates value and risk and to develop regulatory alternatives attentive to these particularities. Salomé’s current work focuses on the political economy of data. This work explores how the laws governing the data economy structure the incentives of data collection and the downstream uses of data-intensive technologies. In particular, she analyzes how such downstream effects may reproduce social oppression and amplify economic and relational inequality.

Salomé was previously an associate at Fenwick and West, LLP, where she worked with technology company clients on a broad variety of matters. She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Economy with minors in Mathematics and History from Georgetown University.

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