Joshua Fairfield

W&L University

Joshua Fairfield

W&L University


Joshua Fairfield is an internationally recognized law and technology scholar, specializing in digital

property, electronic contract, big data privacy, and virtual communities. His article Privacy as a Public

Good, in the Duke Law Journal, is the first comprehensive treatment of privacy as a good subject to

problems of social production. He is writing a book for Cambridge University Press, titled ESCAPE:

Property, Privacy, and the Internet of Things. He has written on the law and regulation of e­commerce

and online contracts and on the application of standard economic models to virtual environments.

Professor Fairfield’s other research focuses on big data privacy models and the next generation of legal

applications for cryptocurrencies. His articles on protecting consumer interests in an age of mass­market

consumer contracting regularly appear in top law and law­and­technology journals, and policy pieces on

consumer protection and technology have appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Financial

Times, among other outlets. Before entering the law, Professor Fairfield was a technology entrepreneur,

serving as the director of research and development for language­learning software company Rosetta


Professor Fairfield consults with U.S. government agencies, including the White House Office of

Technology and the Homeland Security Privacy Office, on national security, privacy, and law enforcement

within online communities and as well as on strategies for protecting children online. From 2009 to 2012,

he provided privacy and civil liberties oversight for Intelligence Advance Research Project Activity

(IARPA) research programs in virtual worlds, and is a certified information privacy professional

(CIPP/US). In 2012­13 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study trans­Atlantic privacy law at the Max

Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany. He was elected a member of the

American Law Institute in 2013, and is an Advisory Board member of the Future of Privacy Forum.

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