This paper analyses the challenges of reconciling the need for strong data privacy technologies with the US Federal Government’s demand for access to encrypted data to combat national security threats — a concept known as ‘exceptional access’. Using the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack as a jumping-off point, this research combines public statements and arguments … Continue reading Civil Liberty vs. National Security in Encryption Debates: Exceptional Access and Trust Deficit
Will Easing Social Distancing Save the Poor?
Published in Berkeley Public Policy Journal | April 22, 2020 Co-authored with Rifaiyat Mahbub Since the implementation of lockdowns in developing countries, debates have ensued on whether the poor will starve to death before the virus kills them. People are on the streets demanding the right to wages and food. In the US, a country with a much larger GDP … Continue reading Will Easing Social Distancing Save the Poor?
Applying to Grad Schools in the U.S.
I go to the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley, and I get tons of emails requesting for information on the application process. I thought it's best to put everything in a blog post. Between working at One Degree Initiative Foundation, the countless coaching centers and the numerous Facebook groups, I … Continue reading Applying to Grad Schools in the U.S.
How Oakland PD is Collecting Sensitive Location Data
Police cars mounted with automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) are always winding their way through the streets of Oakland. The cameras are recording the plate numbers of vehicles in the front and behind, as well as collecting footage on the surrounding areas. The policy of the Oakland Police Department (PD) is to utilize ALPR technology … Continue reading How Oakland PD is Collecting Sensitive Location Data
Why I Took a Break from My One True Calling
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I looked at Thomas with surprise. He is unreasonably tall, so every time I look at him, I actually have to look up. He is wearing a lemon cotton shirt, his legs uncomfortably folded underneath the low dinner table. His company has just signed a … Continue reading Why I Took a Break from My One True Calling