R. Miles McCain

New York & Palo Alto

I want to make the world more secure, transparent, and safe. I’m a student at Stanford, where I study Symbolic Systems and Computer Science.



I worked on election security at CISA/DHS, privacy engineering at Apple, trust and safety at the Stanford Internet Observatory, AI policy in collaboration with OpenAI and the Cornell Tech Policy Institute, and digital infrastructure with some newsrooms.

I’m an alum of the Recurse Center, I had an app (but we sold the business), I worked on cyber policy for a 2020 presidential campaign, and I co-authored some papers.


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, Lawfare, the Nightly News with Lester Holt, and elsewhere. I’ve also spoken at a few conferences, including DEF CON and RightsCon.

I’ve enjoyed good music, good trouble, and good design. For more information, check out my portfolio.


You can email me at [email protected]. I’m on GitHub, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the orange website. Need help with one of my open source projects? Stop by my office hours.

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