Distinguished Professor of Law
Ellen P. Goodman
Rutgers Law School
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102

Ellen P. Goodman specializes in information policy law: free speech, media policy, privacy, data ethics, advertising, and digital platform power. She is co-director and co-founder of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law and contributes to The Guardian and Slate. Her research on algorithmic ethics in government has led to foundation consultations and grants on increasing public access to data. Professor Goodman received a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant to produce newsgathering law tools for digital journalists and Ford Foundation grants for work on public media policy.

  • Biography
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  • Courses Taught
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Professor Goodman specializes in information policy law.  Her research interests include smart cities, algorithmic governance, freedom of expression, platform policies, communications architectures, media and advertising law, and transparency policy. She is Co-Director and co-founder of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL). She blogs at riipl.rutgers.edu and at medium.com, and has written for the The Guardian, Protego Press, Democracy, and Slate.   

Professor Goodman is currently a Senior Fellow at the Digital Innovation & Democracy Institute at the German Marshall Fund and a Knight Foundation grantee, working on new models of platform regulation and transparency, and advises a number of cities on responsible tech deployment. She is a Pratt Fund grantee, collaborating on a public database on government use of predictive algorithms and artificial intelligence. She has been a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grantee, conducting research on new legal challenges facing digital journalists, a Democracy Fund grantee working on platform policy, and a Ford Foundation grantee working on new models of public service media. She served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the FCC and helped in the production of a pathbreaking report on the Information Needs of Communities. Goodman has been a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication and the Wharton School, as well as the London School of Economics. Professor Goodman has served as an expert before the National Academies of Science and Technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Brookings Institution, and the Aspen Institute.     

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2003, Professor Goodman was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling LLP and served as Of Counsel with the firm until 2009. Professor Goodman clerked for Judge Norma L. Shapiro on the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, after graduating from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.  She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.


Academic Articles, Reports, and Chapters


Popular Writing and Podcasting

Other Monographs

  • Public Media Policy Reform and Digital Age Realities in Communications Law and Policy in the Digital Age: The Next Five Years (Randolph May ed.) (Carolina Academic 2012)
  • Public Service Media Narratives in Handbook of Media Law and Policy: A Socio-Legal Exploration (Monroe E. Price & Stefaan G. Verhulst, ed.)(Routledge 2012)
  • FCC, Information Needs of Communities (2011) (principal author of 50 page nonprofit media section)
  • Spectrum Policy and the Public Interest in Television Goes Digital (Darcy Gerbarg ed., 2009)
  • Public Service Media 2.0 in … And Communications for All:  A Policy Agenda for a New Administration (Amit M. Schejter ed., 2009)
  • Public Television and Pluralistic Ideals in The Future of Public Service Broadcasting (Tim Gardam & David Levy ed., 2008)
  • Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Efficiency in A Framework for a National Broadband Policy (Aspen Institute 2008)
  • Proactive Media Policy in an Age of Content Abundance in Media Diversity and Localism:  Meanings and Metrics (Philip M. Napoli ed., 2006)

Abstracts and electronic copies of some of Ellen Goodman's papers are available on her author page at the SSRN Electronic Library at: 

Courses Taught
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Digital Platforms
  • Privacy
  • Administrative Law
  • Advertising Law
  • Animal Law
  • Communications Law
  • Copyright Law
  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Media Law