Educator

At the world's greatest public university (go Bears!), I've led the curriculum design and instruction for three graduate courses (UC Berkeley's INFO289 Public Interest Cybersecurity: the Citizen Clinic Practicum, INFO289B the Advanced Citizen Clinic, and CYBER W289 Citizen Clinic’s online version) and co-taught J200 (“Covering Extremism”) with the School of Journalism, a course that combined basic reporting instruction with cybersecurity strategies for reporting safely on extremist groups. Beyond the campus and numerous guest lectures, I've also taught professional learners with disparate backgrounds and technical capabilities, including computer science, public policy, non-profit management, information science, data science, journalism, and law. I maintain an inclusive classroom that has welcomed over 50% women and non-binary students.

Researcher

From rural Myanmar and Afghanistan to urban India and the United States, I've learned from people around the world to uncover how to best support them through security, development, and governance initiatives for the last decade. I've conducted qualititative research efforts to explore the challenges of healthcare in developing countries, disabilities among college students, perspectives on privacy in U.S. cities, consumer behavior of the rural poor, and underground armed resistance training and recruitment.

Program Manager

I've successfully managed multi-cultural teams through action-oriented leadership - including over 10 years of expertise within the U.S. Special Operations community leading others in the most challenging environments and critical situations around the world. I further enable my teams by developing both training programs and software tools to allow them to efficiently analyze large amounts of data and meet critical deadlines.

Policy Advocate

As a board member of Secure Justice and former fellow at the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy, I explore the broad impact of technologies on the tensions between national security and human rights or civil liberties, including working alongside members of the Oakland Police Department, Oakland's Privacy Advisory Commission, and advocacy organizations to promote effective ways to understand impact of surveillance technologies upon their citizens.

Recent Projects

Here are some recent projects I've worked on
from smart accessible windows to bulk email classification:

  • Citizen Clinic

    The Citizen Clinic is a public-interest cybersecurity clinic at UC Berkeley that supports the capacity of politically-vulnerable organizations to defend themselves against online threats. The clinic supports interdisciplinary teams of students to assess threats to targeted organizations, recommend risk-appropriate mitigations, and to work collaboratively with clients to implement new policies and technical controls that enhance their cybersecurity.

    Citizen Clinic
  • Secure Justice

    Secure Justice is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advocating against state abuse of power, and for reduction in government and corporate over-reach. We target change in government contracting and corporate complicity with government policies and practices that are inconsistent with democratic values and principles of human rights.

    Secure Justice
  • Matri-Raksha

    We supported the development work of One Heart Worldwide in Nepal by designing an information collection and storage service that takes into account the technological limitations of this context and supports the monitoring, evaluation and learning needs of OHW. Our team worked with members of OHW and their partners through a participatory design process to facilitate daily, weekly, and monthly reports from OHW-trained skilled birth attendants and community members, located across 13 remote districts working in over 180 birth centers to support over 26,000 pregnant women.

    Matri-Raksha
  • The Bay Area Surveillance Project

    My team explored the use of various technologies and assessment frameworks to enable local privacy protection and surveillance governance efforts. These efforts included developing an interactive educational resource, an agenda-tracking Twitter bot, and a collaborative application of the NIST privacy engineering framework to assess a law enforcement information-sharing system.

  • Back2Bed

    Back2Bed was a project to enable independence over a part of life that is both immensely personal and highly recurring: sleeping in bed during temporary stays. For the 11.6 million Americans with mobility impairments, it can be near impossible to shift their weight in bed. Without external help, pressure from the weight of the body can cause the skin to develop sores. These pressure sores can become infected and lead to serious complications and, in some cases, even death. Current solutions to help with this are either too expensive or too bulky for travel.

    Back2Bed
  • Hope Assist

    Hope Assist is a system designed to enable General Practioners in Pakistan to better diagnose mental health illnesses by providing recommendations based on WHO mhGAP guidelines. As a member of the 6-person effort, I designed the underlying information architecture. We won a grant from the UC Berkeley Big Ideas competition and the Human Rights Award from the Psychiatry Innovation Lab.

    Hope Assist team
  • B.E.C.C.A.

    My team used natural language processing and machine learning techniques on Hillary Clinton’s State-released emails to extract important people, topics and tone and visualize them in a graph database (Neo4J). The database was built using Python and various NLP & ML libraries while I built the web application with Node.js using popoto.js and grapheneDB.

    B.E.C.C.A.
  • WinDo

    WinDo is a first-of-its-kind smart home device that can retrofit double-hung windows. Its intelligent design allow users to open their windows in ways most convenient for them through multiple interfaces including a touch panel, physical buttons, voice and mobile app. I led the human-centered design process focused on mobility-limited users and designed & implemented the main control unit and UIs.

  • EveryoneGuitar

    Ever want to learn how to play the guitar? As part of a team assignment for Interactive Device Design, we made this musical instrument to demonstrate a fun way to convert analog sensor data (acceleration and pressure) into a MIDI input device. My responsibility was the software - integrating the sensor readings and converting them into meaningful MIDI messages.







  • TetraTetris

    My first adventure in HCI! As part of a research team at the University of Arizona, I helped develop TetraTetris, a work whose goal was to explore the possible applications and limitations of the DiamondTouch table produced by Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL). TetraTetris was accepted for presentation and publication at INTERACT 2003, the Ninth IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction held on September 1-5, 2003.