About Us

Adina Schwartz received her Ph.D in Philosophy from The Rockefeller University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Before joining the faculty of John Jay College in 1993, she was a federal public defender and, before that, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Yale University.  Professor Schwartz’s research on the legal and policy issues raised by the Snowden revelations builds on her work as a co-principal investigator on NSF Grant 0619226, in which she was responsible for the legal analysis in Security and Privacy: Global Standards for Ethical Identity Management in Contemporary Liberal Democratic States by John Kleinig, Seumas Miller, Peter Mameli, Douglas Salane, and Adina Schwartz (ANU (Australian National University) E Press 2011) at 23-66. Her work on the Snowden revelations also builds on her longstanding interests in Fourth Amendment law and science and the law and on the required law course that she has taught for students in John Jay’s Master’s Program in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity since 2004.

Professor Schwartz’s article, “A Systemic Challenge to the Reliability and Admissibility of Firearms and Toolmark Identification”, 6 Columbia Science & Technology Law Review 1 (March 28, 2005), has been cited by courts and in two reports by the National Academy of Sciences. Courts have also cited her articles, “Commentary on Nichols R.G., Defending the Scientific Foundations of the Firearms and Tool Mark Identification Discipline: Responding to Recent Challenges, J. Forens. Sci. 2007 May; 52(3): 586-94,” Journal of Forensic Sciences 52(6): 1414-15 (November 2007); “Homes as Folding Umbrellas: Two Recent Supreme Court Decisions on  ‘Knock and Announce’,” 25 American Journal of Criminal Law 545 (1998); and “A ‘Dogma of Empiricism’ Revisited: Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Need to Resurrect the Philosophical Insight of Frye v. United States, 10 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 149 (1997).

Aidan Booth is a Digital Forensic Examiner for a legal solutions company in New York City and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College, where he teaches a course on Digital Forensics for Fraud Examiners. He recently graduated from John Jay College’s Master’s Program in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity (“D4CS”). He began working on the NSA Surveillance Project in June 2013 while he was a research assistant for the Cybercrime Studies Center and a student in the D4CS Program.
Mr Booth’s research interests include digital forensics, incident response, computer security, information security, network security, internet freedoms, net neutrality, the privacy and rights of citizens, and global differences in applicable laws.