Nick Merrill (He/Him)

Director, Daylight Security Research Lab; Research fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley

About Nick Merrill

Nick Merrill directs the Daylight Lab at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity; founded Daylight AI, an algorithmic bias training and education practice; and is a founding member and worker-owner of DAO DAO, a DAO that builds interchain DAO tooling. His work is built on a simple observation: that security is difficult to practice in part because it's difficult to understand. His lab's work shifts the way people understand and identify the harms of technology—and expands the populations able to do so. By generating novel tools, practices, and representations, Merrill seeks to make “security” specific and actionable to those who need it. His research on internet fragmentation has been covered by CNN, and used by policymakers and industry leaders. His research on threat identification practices has been integrated into Meta’s threat ideation process, and into the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)'s participatory threat modeling process. His algorithmic bias training materials is taught to hundreds of students around the world every year. Nick has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed venues such as ACM CHI, DIS and CSCW.

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Fragility, Digitally: The internet during world war

The global internet is more fragile than many realise. Nick Merrill lays out how we may prevent the possibility of a catastrophic pan-internet meltdown in the event of large-scale attacks, and create a safer, more stable, and perhaps even more governable network. Banner image: Shutterstock/Lidiia

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