I’m a hacker-journalist, working at ProPublica. I spend most of my time working on investigative journalism — creating news applications, performing data analyses, and reporting on a variety of topics including healthcare data breaches, wasteful military spending, and cybersecurity. I also do a bit of devops, managing parts of our web app infrastructure, migrating our site to encrypted HTTPS-only, and providing a Tor hidden service to our readers. Before joining ProPublica full-time, I was a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow.

I’m very interested in cybersecurity, online privacy, data collection, and anonymity: in addition to the aforementioned ProPublica Tor hidden service, I’m also the creator of Onion Browser, an open-source, privacy-enhancing web browser for iOS which uses the Tor network. I frequently speak at conferences and conduct workshops to teach people how to protect themselves online.

I also do a lot of work in the civic hacking space, especially around open data and open government issues. I'm a core developer of several open-source tools that help citizens use public data and help governments work more transparently. Tabula, received a grant from the Knight Foundation and was a finalist for the 2014 Online News Association Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism. CivOmega (as in, "Wolfram Alpha for civic data") received a grant from the Sunlight Foundation.

In addition to investigative reporting and developing tools for readers and journalists alike, I like to share practical knowldege with others, by open-sourcing work and training others. I'm an adjunct instructor at the New York University Studio 20 program, teaching web design and development to journalism students. And I often participate in conference panels, talks, and workshops, teaching other professionals about threat modeling and encryption tools to keep their work safe, and about how to use various data analysis tools in their journalism work.

A small selection of projects and speaking engagements are listed below.
You can find a thorough list of reporting and news apps at ProPublica.
Many more open-source projects and snippets are at GitHub.
I don't use LinkedIn.

Contact info

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I am bad at responding promptly, but e-mail is usually an OK way to reach out out of the blue. Click here to view my e-mail address. (If you use ProtonMail, use this e-mail address instead.)

I like Ricochet for secure instant messaging (though there's no mobile client yet). I’m not always online, but I can be added at ricochet:4cyjyokl4emrqcvn. Ricochet features strong encryption and network anonymity using Tor onion services and peer-to-peer connections. Because it is peer-to-peer, there is no need to register to use it and there is no central server that can track your metadata or get attacked/hacked/shut down.

I'm also usually available on Signal or WhatsApp, and I'm on way too many Slack and Discord and IRC servers, but you can say hi if you see me over there.

Selected Works

This sample represents a mix of both software and reporting projects. For a comprehensive list of work, check out my GitHub and my ProPublica staff page.

Talks, Panels, Sessions, Workshops

Events I've spoken at, taught at, or otherwise participated in: