Goodbye Big Five

[ with Kashmir Hill ]
Goodbye Big Five is a 6 part series published with Gizmodo and supported by Eyebeam's Center for the Future of Journalism
Reporter Kashmir Hill and I spent six weeks blocking Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from getting her money, data, and attention, using a custom-built VPN. Here’s what happened


Othernet is a community wireless network in Bushwick and Nairobi. It is currently supported by Eyebeam, Mozilla, and NYU's Risk Econ Lab.
While the internet continues to develop into a tool for institutional control and corporate surveillance, we believe that the local area network can function as a site for resistance, coalition building, and disaster mitigation.

The Tonopah Gap

[ with Brendan Byrne ]
For eight years, Google Earth didn't update its satellite image of a military installation in Nevada. This is an investigation about how this occured.
Instead of being a flat, endless digital plain, as various cyberlibertarian progenitors would like us to believe, the internet is riddled with lacuna. We believe we have an all-seeing eye just a click away on our various screens. Instead, we have unprecedented access to a false earth. We ask you to join us in rejecting this false earth and working toward new ways of seeing.

[ With Leon Eckert ] is a tool that generates network maps of coporate entities, contract awards, and military technology based on daily Pentagon press releases.
Every day contracts valued $7 million or more are announced by the Department of Defense. A single release will never reveal conspiracy. Nor will it do too much work to clarify the trajectory of America's Global War on Terror ™. However, our hope is that if taken in aggregate, the relationship between these contract announcements will help us to better understand the phenomena of modern warfare in the United States


This is a project about intercepting signals from NOAA satellites
Radio Signals are overwhelming. Transmissions from indifferent devices, near or far, swarm the air around us as we push through our cities unaware of all information not meant for us. Amongst the information not necessarily meant for us are the signals transmitted from unmanned meteorological satellites. However, with the correct equipment, some software, and patience you can tease out satellite imagery from the air, with spectacular results

Crater Scraper

Crater Scraping is an ongoing research project that seeks to train a Convolutional Neural Network to identify and classify nuclear weapons test sites. Crater Scraping works by utilizing information from FOIA requests and research from military historians to scrape satellite imagery of weapons test sites. Images are then used to train a Neural Network to identify and classify man made geological events from satellite imagery.

The House
That Spied On Me

[ w/ Kashmir Hill + Surya Mattu ]
For two months in early 2018, technology journalist Kashmir Hill let innocent household items spy on her. She had turned her one-bedroom apartment into a "smart home" and was measuring how much data was being collected by the firms that made the devices.
I contributed data analysis and built the backend for this intimate investigation.


[ w/ Melanie Hoff ]
Doppelcam is a visually-similar camera in the form of a website and ios app. A photo taken with Doppelcam is replaced by an image pulled from the internet that is similar to the one just taken in pixel-by-pixel value.
a tool for decontextualizing your surroundings and glimpsing the uncanny valley.

Net Neutrality

[ Quartz ]
I wrote an Op Ed about Net Neutrality for QZ
The repeal of net neutrality confirms what we already know: The internet, from its infrastructure to its applications, is not built for us.