Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Distinguished Technologist, Strong Internet


At at the Internet Society, I lead the strong Internet portfolio, including projects on encryption, routing security, and the the Internet way of networking. I'm part of the executive leadership team and contribute substantive technical, legal, and policy expertise to the Internet Society's programs, interfacing externally with supporters, industry, academics, and technologists.

Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2019, I was the chief technologist and director of the Internet architecture project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. Before that, I was an academic, completing postdoctoral research with Helen Nissenbaum at New York University, Ed Felten at Princeton University, and Deirdre Mulligan at University of California, Berkeley. I received my Ph.D. in information systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2008. My thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital government transparency. I hold master's degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and I was a founding member of the National Science Foundation's ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections). I've served as an expert on independent teams invited by the states of California, Ohio, and Maryland to analyze legal, privacy, security, usability, and economic aspects of voting systems. I’ve served on various boards of directors, including the California Voter Foundation and the Verified Voting Foundation, and as a member of technical advisory boards to the Los Angeles County's Open Technology Advisory Group, the Electronic Registration Information Center, TechCongress, the Center for Civic Design, and VotingWorks. In 2012, I received the John Gideon Memorial Award from the Election Verification Network for contributions to election verification. In 2017, I was part of a team that received the Researcher Award at the 2017 O'Reilly Security Defender Awards, in recognition of the team's dedication and innovative contributions to election security for organizing the first Voting Machine Hacking Village at DEFCON 25.

I used to work in astrophysics, modeling planetary atmospheres and their synthetic spectra to match to observations taken using telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii USA and the Hubble Space Telescope. I was hit by a car while crossing the street on foot four days before the 2016 United States Presidential election—slightly mysterious given I’m an expert in the security and privacy of electronic voting systems! (I'm kidding and have mostly recovered.) Since that time, I have become an avid runner and swimmer which function partially as physical therapy from my accident (and the hardware now keeping me together).