Kenneth Olmstead

Kenneth Olmstead

Senior Internet Security and Privacy Expert

‹ Back
Biography

At the Internet Society, I co-lead Measuring the Internet. This project collects data on key properties of the Internet and displays them in any easily understandable way on the Pulse website. We use this data to tell stories about how healthy the Internet is as a whole across many different aspects, such as tracking Internet shutdowns.

My other main focus is on encryption. I research, write, and speak advocating for the use of strong encryption and to explain why governments should never break it for any reason. Doing so harms the Internet itself and all those who use it. I also dabble in other issues, including broadband access, intermediary liability, and Internet governance.

I’m interested in how the Internet affects society. Before joining the Internet Society, my background was using social science, from surveys to big data analysis, to understand the Internet’s broader affect on the world. I have worked on topics including cybersecurity, online dating, and privacy.

When I’m not contemplating the mysteries of the Internet I can be found hiking with my dog, going to concerts, or binge watching something my parents probably wouldn’t approve of.

Latest posts

Latest U.S. ‘Anti-Encryption’ Bill Threatens Security of Millions Thumbnail
Encryption 7 July 2020

Latest U.S. ‘Anti-Encryption’ Bill Threatens Security of Millions

The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act recently introduced to U.S. Congress may be the worse in a recent...

Deep Dive: Scoring ISPs and Hosts on Privacy and Security Thumbnail
Building Trust 21 January 2020

Deep Dive: Scoring ISPs and Hosts on Privacy and Security

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released its 10th Annual Online Trust Audit & Honor...

Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices Thumbnail
Building Trust 14 January 2020

Deep Dive: U.S. Federal Government’s Security and Privacy Practices

In April 2019, the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th Annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll....

Deep Dive: How Does the  Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security? Thumbnail
Building Trust 7 January 2020

Deep Dive: How Does the Consumer Sector Score on Privacy and Security?

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll....

Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy Thumbnail
Building Trust 19 December 2019

Deep Dive: How the News and Media Sector Scores on Security and Privacy

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance released its 10th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll....

Deep Dive: A Look at Top Retailers’ Security Practices Thumbnail
Building Trust 27 November 2019

Deep Dive: A Look at Top Retailers’ Security Practices

In April 2019 the Internet Society’s Online Trust Audit released its 10th Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll. One...

Load More