Stanford University — Class of ’24Since September 2020, I’ve been an undergraduate at Stanford. I’m planning on majoring in Symbolic Systems.
Recurse Center — Spring 1 ’20 batchI was a member of the Recurse Center’s Spring 1 2020 batch; like all Recursers, I never graduated.
Phillips Academy Andover — Class of ’19, cum laudeI went to Andover for 9th through 12th grade. I was lucky to be able to do several independent projects in my senior year on digital propaganda, censorship, cybersecurity, and surveillance.
Atlos — Visual investigations at scaleAtlos is a platform for open source visual investigations. It helps journalists, human rights organizations, and OSINT investigators collaborate at scale.
Shynet — Open source web analyticsShynet is a modern, privacy-friendly, and detailed web analytics tool that works without cookies or JS.
PrivacySpy — Making privacy accessiblePrivacySpy rates companies’ privacy policies on a ten-point scale, so you can easily understand how your data is being treated online.
Paxo — AI meeting notesPaxo is a consumer app that records voice recordings — typically meetings — and turns them into organized, detailed notes.
WhoAreMyRepresentatives — Easily find your repsWhoAreMyRepresentatives.org (WAMR) is a simple tool to look up the government representatives for any U.S. address.
PolitiTweet — Public figures' deleted tweetsPolitiTweet preserves the public record by archiving the tweets of major public figures and prominently displaying those that have been deleted.
a17t — Atomic design toolkita17t is my lightweight open-source atomic design toolkit. It emphasizes customization, modularity, and separation of concerns (to the extent that is practical).
More projects — Cyber101, PollPA, and moreHere are a few more projects that I’ve worked on over the past few years. A number of these projects have been discontinued, so some of the links may be broken!
Synthetic Disinformation — Sarah Kreps & OpenAIIn this multi-part research project, Dr. Sarah Kreps and I studied how synthetic (AI-generated) disinformation can deceive the public and masquerade as reliable, human-written news.
Chinese Censorship — Jeffrey Shen & PalfreyIn this independent research project, Jeffrey Shen and I created CensorScout and the Weibo Censorship Dashboard, two pilot applications that make several steps toward increased transparency into censorship on Weibo and provide valuable—albeit limited—information regarding the state of Chinese Internet censorship.
Russian Disinformation — Jeffrey Shen & PalfreyIn this independent research project, Jeffrey Shen and I used machine learning and statistics to better understand the Russian disinformation campaign in the 2016 election.
More research — COVID, drones, privacyYou can see an overview of all my research on my Google Scholar page (though note that some entries are missing).
Programming — Python, Rust, Haskell, Web...I love computing; I enjoy building systems, as well as just programming for programming’s sake. (The Joy of Computing!
Design — Because beauty & usability mattersDesign is vague. I know. In this context, I’m referring to both system design and graphic design.
Open source development — Public creationMost of the software I write is open source, and some people have found this software helpful: collectively, my repositories have over 1,000 “stars” on GitHub.
More skills — Hackathons, ham radioHackathons I love hackathons, whether it’s as a participant or—as of recently—a judge. It’s hard to replicate the thrill of building.
Stanford Internet Observatory — Infrastructure and investigationsSince October 2020, I’ve worked at the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) as a technical research assistant.
CISA — Election security & risk managementFrom December 2022 to March 2023, I worked at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) inside National Risk Management Center (NRMC).
Apple — Privacy EngineeringDuring the summer of 2022, I worked on privacy at Apple, as part of the Privacy Engineering team.
Politiwatch — 501(c)(3) nonprofitPolitiwatch is a non-profit that technology to promote political accountability, digital rights, and social awareness. I founded Politiwatch as a way to distance myself from some of my more controversial projects.
Floodgate Reactor — Startup 'accelerator'I was part of Floodgate’s Reactor program. With my good friend Rhythm, I co-created: An AI meeting notes app called Paxo that we grew to $20k in ARR.
Politics — Campaigns and policyStarting in the spring of 2019, I worked on the technology subgroup of a major U.
News Catalyst — Empowering local newsroomsIn the fall of 2019, I worked at News Catalyst, building digital tools to empower local news organizations.
First Look Media — IETF standards & researchIn the summer of 2018, I worked on the engineering and research teams of First Look Media, the parent company of The Intercept, primarily on authoring an IETF Internet Draft.
More work — PACTF, Teaching, TorchPACTF I ran PACTF, a global cybersecurity competition with over 1,000 teams and $20,000 in prizes, in 2017 and 2018.