I have a strong technical background and a passion for digital safety and governance. I’m especially interested in tech policy, trust & safety, cybersecurity, digital infrastructure, privacy engineering, OSINT, artificial intelligence, and open source software.
My projects, research, and commentary have appeared in several outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC News, TIME, Foreign Affairs, Brookings TechStream, and the Nightly News with Lester Holt. I’m an undergraduate at Stanford.
Some of the projects I’m most proud of are PrivacySpy, Atlos, Shynet, PolitiTweet, my work at the Stanford Internet Observatory, and a17t. I teach CS 106S at Stanford, I worked on cyber policy for a 2020 presidential campaign, I’m a non-resident undergraduate fellow at the Cornell Tech Policy Lab, I’m an alum of the Recurse Center, and I’ve done some research.
I’m currently working on privacy at Apple. In the fall, I’ll return to Stanford and the Internet Observatory.
You can email me at [email protected]. On GitHub, I am milesmcc; this is where most of my projects live. On Twitter, I am @MilesMcCain, but I don’t post frequently. You can also find me on HN, Reddit, and Lobsters. My PGPs are he/him/his.
Need help with one of my open source projects? Want to chat about safety, privacy, security, or something else? Stop by my office hours.