Feb 23, 2019

Alum Joseph Lorenzo Hall on His Career Path and Policymaking in Tech

From TheBridge

TheBridge profile: Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Q&A with alum Joseph Lorenzo Hall featuring his work in tech and politics

Q. Describe how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your current job. 

In my first research job after having been a pastry chef, an astrophysicist taught me that you have to do *both* theory and experimentation to be good at observing the world around you and then in graduate school I learned similarly that people familiar with both quantitative and qualitative methods are more effective at figuring out what the problems are and how to fix them...

Q. How are you (or your company) currently bridging the gap between politics, tech and regulation?

We sit directly in the nexus of tech and policy, which often rubs right against politics. Our main approach is demystifying policy and law for technical folks and vice versa in terms of explaining technical topics to the policymaking community...


Joseph Lorenzo Hall (Ph.D. 2008) is an I School alum. He is currently the Chief Technologist and Director of the Internet Architecture project at the Center for Democracy & Technology.

Last updated:

March 13, 2019