I work as a research fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, where I direct the Daylight Lab.

I’m interested in structural risks to the global internet.

  • Stability. What attacks threaten to disrupt internet service globally?

  • Power. Where are the internet’s key points of global control?

  • Equity. Who controls them? Who decides who controls them?

I’m particularly interested in local internets as a site of political action.

This newsletter is my work as I do it: more than half-baked, less than peer-reviewed.

My story

I received my Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information. My adviser was John Chuang. I’ve worked on a variety of projects over the years.

In roughly reverse-chronological order:

  • MLFailures - Helping students identify (and ameliorate) bias in machine learning models.

  • Adversary Personas - Helping people (with or without security expertise) identify the security threats that matter to them.

  • Speculative methods - Richer and more participatory ways to imagine possible futures. (Security is intrinsically speculative. It requires imagining possible futures.)

  • The mind - Can machines read the mind? Do people think machines can read the mind? Do people act like they think machines can read the mind?

Learn more about me and my work.

All of my papers should be available on Google Scholar without a paywall. If you find a paper you can’t access, please let me know.

I live in xučyun, Ohlone territory. If you do too, check out cafe mak-’amham and consider giving Shuumi.

ewweh ṭuuxi huyyuwiš (brighter days lie ahead)

Nick