Research, Writing, and Speaking Engagements

Research/Data Journalism

The Rise of the Radical Right: Measuring the increasingly violent rhetoric of white nationalists in the United States for the Washington Post.

The ISIS Twitter Census: Tracking down ISIS supporters on Twitter for the Brookings Institution, co-authored with terrorism expert JM Berger.

The Mob, the Money and the Mayhem: Uncovering money launderers tied to the Russian and Ukranian mafia using public UK corporate registration data.

Syrian Social Media, Journalists’ Secret Weapon in the Crisis Data Revolution: Using citizen reporting on Facebook as a proxy for measuring the intensity of bombing campaigns in Syria. A compliment to Eliot Higgins’ open data investigation into the Syrian conflict.


Don’t Be Scared of Functional Programming: A pratical introduction to functional programming for Smashing Magazine

The Future of Crisis Data: The motivation behind the data projects we’re doing at Ushahidi.

Ignite Talk at OSCON 2014: Talking about social media in conflict analysis and data visualization.

Recent Speaking Engagements

A significant part of my work involves speaking about countering violent extremism, emerging technologies, and data science. I’ve been honored to participate in events for the Brookings Institution, Foreign Policy, the US Institute for Peace, SXSW, Hedayah, SIPRI, the African Union, KDD, and the Open Knowledge Foundation, amongst others.

Media Coverage

The ISIS Twitter Census was covered by a number of publications, including the New York Times, BBC News, Newsweek, Slate, Forbes, and the Washington Post.

Partially Derivative, the data science podcast I co-host, is included in many lists of data science/technology podcasts, including VentureBeat’s list of 10 tech podcasts should listen to now. The podcast is downloaded around 40,000 times every month.

The humanitarian data platform Chris Albon and I developed for Ushahidi, CrisisNet, was featured in TechPresident, WiredUK, and This Week in Tech.