Welcome back to the Tech Policy Grind Podcast by the Internet Law and Policy Foundry. In this episode, Class 4 Fellow Lama Mohammed chats with Nick Merrill on internet fragility and structure. Nick is a Research Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and Director of the Daylight Security Research Lab.
So what is Internet fragility, anyways? When the world’s wealthiest and most powerful stakeholders battle for control of the Internet, they push marginalized voices out. As solutions, our experts discuss the significance of decentralizing the web and highlight how public-private partnerships can strengthen the Internet.
The Daylight Security Research Lab aims to shift the way people understand, identify, and implement safeguard against harms—and expands the kinds of decision-makers able to do so. By generating novel tools, practices, and representations, the lab makes “security” specific and actionable to those who need it. Innovative projects of DSRL include the Cybersecurity Arts Contest, the card game Adversary Personas, and a series of curricula addressing machine learning failures and algorithmic bias (MLFailures). Nick pioneered early work on measuring Internet fragmentation.
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