Gaia Bernstein

Author, Professor, Speaker

Gaia Bernstein is a Law Professor, Director of the Institute for Privacy Protection and Co-Director of the Gibbons Institute for Law Science and Technology at the Seton Hall University School of Law. She writes teaches and lectures in the intersection of law, technology, health and privacy. Gaia is also the mother of three children who grew up in a world of smartphones, iPads and social networks.

Her forthcoming book: The Over-Users: Technology Addiction and the Illusion of Control shatters the illusion that we can control how much time we spend on our screens by resorting to self-help measures. The Over-Users shifts the responsibility for a solution from users to the technology industry, which designs its products to addict. The book draws out the legal action that can pressure the technology industry to re-design its products to reduce technology over-use.

Gaia has academic degrees in both law and psychology. Her research combines findings from psychology, sociology, science and technology studies with law and policy. Gaia’s research has been featured extensively by the media including the New York TimesForbesABC News and Psychology Today.

Gaia has spearheaded the development of the Seton Hall University School of Law Institute for Privacy Protection’s Student-Parent Outreach Program. The nationally acclaimed Outreach Program addresses over-use of screens by focusing on developing a healthy online-offline balance and the impact on privacy and online reputation. It was featured by the Washington PostCBS Morning News and Common-Sense Media.

Gaia delivers lectures to parents and general audiences about the harms of excessive screen time, the effectiveness of self-help measures, and the options for technology re-design through social and legal action.

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