Kenneth Farrall, Ph.D., is currently serving as post-doctoral Research Fellow in the philosophy and politics of computing and digital media at NYU’s Department of Media, Culture and Communication. Ken’s research focuses on US domestic intelligence policy, in particular the understudied Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI). He has lectured extensively on the NSI and has two publications on the topic coming out in the spring of 2011, in Research in Social Problems and Public Policy and the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics. In addition to his research work, Ken is an adjunct professor, and currently teaches Information Law & Policy and East Asian Media.
Ken received his doctorate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, “Suspect until Proven Guilty, a problematization of state dossier systems via two case studies: the United States and China,” examines the driving factors and popular resistance against the production, collection and aggregation of personal information by nation states. In the summer of 2005, he attended the Oxford Internet Institute in Beijing, where he presented his work in web graph analysis andthe Internet’s role in episodes of political instability. Ken served as a research fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in 2004, where he designed and produced the web site for the National Committee for Voting Integrity (votingintegrity.org) and drafted congressional testimony on the privacy implications of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Prior to getting his doctoral degree (1996-2003), Ken founded, worked in executive management and consulted for both Chinese and western firms targeting China’s burgeoning Internet industry.