Hey, I'm Miles.

I have a strong technical background and a passion for digital safety and governance. I’m especially interested in tech policy, trust & safety, cybersecurity, human-centered design, privacy engineering, OSINT, artificial intelligence, and open source software. My projects, research, and commentary have appeared in several outlets including the Washington Post, the New York Times, 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, 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, and I’m an alum of the Recurse Center.

And finally, for the obligatory apostrophe soup: PA ’19, RC S1 ’20, Stanford ’24. More details are in my portfolio.


I’m currently at Stanford, where I’m finally taking classes in-person. I’m also working at the Stanford 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 project? Want to chat about safety, privacy, security, or something else? Stop by my office hours.


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