I am a Research Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, where I direct the Daylight Lab. I’m interested primarily in measuring and understanding the relevance of internet fragmentation and internet nationalism.
For a quick introduction to my methods and perspective, have a look at Internet Fragmentation: Beyond “free'“ and “closed” (2019), or watch this 10-minute video.
Working with me
If you’re interested in working with me, please email me:
In roughly reverse-chronological order of when I began work on each:
DAO DAO - A DAO that builds DAOs. Our open-source contracts protect tens of millions of dollars for DAOs around the world.
Internet Atlas - Real-time data on who controls the global internet. Our data has been integrated into Internet Society's Pulse dashboard, covered by CNN, and used by policymakers, industry leaders, and the intelligence community.
MLFailures - Open-access materials to teach students, and policymakers how to identify and ameliorate bias in machine learning models. I have taught versions of these materials to graduate students, business leaders, and government officials.
Adversary Personas - A game to help non-experts identify security threats. This practice has been integrated into Meta’s threat ideation process, and into the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)'s participatory threat modeling process.
Passthoughts - Using brain-machine interface to “think your password.” Passthoughts was the world's first one-step, three-step authentication mechanism, and has been widely covered in the media (see a partial list here).
I have developed a couple of “Big Ideas” over the years.
Possible futures for the internet are much more diverse than the popular vision of “the splinternet.” For example, grassroots internets could scaffold and support grassroots democracies. (Watch my talk: This internet, on the ground).
Machines can, in theory, read the mind. Why? First, because "the mind" is material, thus amenable to sensing. Second, our notions of what the mind is move, and have always moved, relative to the capacities of contemporary technologies. (This was the subject of my dissertation work: Mind-Reading and Telepathy for Beginners and Intermediates: What People Think Machines Can Know About the Mind, and Why Their Beliefs Matter).
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.
ewweh ṭuuxi huyyuwiš (brighter days lie ahead)