The tech sector generally remains homogeneous – male, white, upper-middle class backgrounds. With a diverse set of global threats ranging from critical infrastructure and fair elections to financial markets and disinformation, technologists will be on the front line of safety and security for decades to come. Sometimes, however, the impact is all too real.

As Bishop Garrison wrote when introducing this initiative, our hope is that this list will ensure the best and brightest with a variety of views and backgrounds will always have voice. Protego Press aims to be a platform for gifted people of color to identify critical issues at the nexus of technology, policy, and politics that face both their communities and our world in their entirety and what we can do to address them. We hope to be a platform for gifted people of color to identify critical issues at the nexus of technology, policy, and politics that face both their communities and our world in their entirety and what we can do to address them. We desire to be a platform that helps make it easier to find people of color to include on your panels, feature as experts in your media article and keynote your conference. We aspire to be a platform where issues involving tech and race are highlighted and discussed. We intend to be a platform that embraces our greatest asset: diversity.

Below is an incomplete list that has been compiled of people of color working on technology and policy. If you’re name is missing, or if you know others that should be on this list, please email us at info at [name of our site].

  • Bishop Garrison: Director, National Security Outreach at Human Rights First
  • Mutale Nkonde: AI policy advisor and Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  • Fox Harrell: Professor of Digital Media & Artificial Intelligence at MIT
  • Clara Tsao: Non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy
  • Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D.: Pozen Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Yvette Bourcicot: Policy Manager at AirBnB
  • Meghan Bishop: Associate fellow for innovation & technology for Rainey Center
  • Desmond U. Patton: is the founding Director of the SAFE lab at Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Camille Stewart Esq.: Fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative
  • Jiyoun Suk: Ph.D. candidate in Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin
  • Nahema Marchal: Doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute
  • Josephine (“Jo”) Lukito: Ph.D student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dondi West, CISSP: Cybersecurity Attorney at Microsoft
  • Meredith D. Clark, Ph.D.: Assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.
  • Padmashree Gehl Sampath: Senior Advisor at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  • Chinmayi Arun: Resident Fellow at The Information Society Project at Yale Law School
  • Charlton McIlwain:  Professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University.
  • Tim Hwang: former Director of the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative at the Berkman-Klein Center
  • Suresh Venkatasubramanian: Professor at the University of Utah
  • Nicole Wong: Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Sut Jhally: Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts
  • Yunkang Yang: Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication
  • Nur Ahmed: PhD candidate at Western University
  • Sayamindu Dasgupta: Assistant Professor. School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Dhavan Shah: Maier-Bascom Professor at the UW-Madison
  • Sun-ha Hong: Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University
  • Arvind Narayanan: associate professor of computer science at Princeton
  • Tim Wu: Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Columbia Law School
  • DJ Patil: Head of Technology for Devoted Health
  • Maurice Turner: Deputy Director of the Internet Architecture Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Tiffany C. Li: Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan: Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia
  • Trooper Sanders: CEO Benefits Data Corporation
  • Laura Kupe: Counsel on the Committee on Homeland Security
  • Neil Potts: Public Policy Director at Facebook
  • Marcus Carey: Enterprise Architect in the Office of the CTO at ReliaQuest 
  • Reginald McKnight: Head of State Public Policy at Waymo
  • Welton Chang: Chief Technology Officer at Human Rights First
  • Gerardo Interiano: Head of Government Relations at Aurora
  • Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn: Assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Nidhi Hebba: Fellow, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Rachel Gillum Jackson: Salesforce, Director of Ethical and the Humane Use of Technology
  • Mariah Lichtenstern: Founding Partner of DiverseCity Ventures and Managing Director of the Founder Institute, Sacramento Chapter.
  • Amar Ashar: Assistant Director of Research at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society