Tyler Snell is a ConnectSafely blogger and policy analyst.
Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, Tyler grew up witnessing how rapidly evolving technologies can have a large impact on society. He has always been particularly interested in how laws and regulations are able to adapt to such disruptive innovations. His policy focus on Internet and technology also includes special emphasis on online privacy, identity, and security. As an intern with Congressman Rob Andrews of New Jersey, he briefed the congressman on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and convinced him to take a public stance against it. This experience showed Tyler that tech policy advocacy was a niche that needed to be filled as many legislators did not have enough understanding about how the Internet actually works to effectively regulate it.
He has continued to work for digital rights advocacy as a Google Policy Fellow with Fundacion Karisma in Colombia where he submitted policy briefs in response to their “Plan Viva Digital 2.0”, secured a grant to help balance the gender gap in the use of communication technology in the country, and led digital security workshops throughout the Colombia. As a Policy Specialist for the live music startup PlayHaus, he wrote and ensured compliant terms of service and privacy policies that ensured the security of their customer’s data. Working with Access, he prepared and edited content for RedLatAm, a Spanish-language monthly newsletter that details digital rights and regulations throughout Latin America. He also worked on the “Encrypt All The Things” campaign to encourage widespread adoption of security protocols and encryption. He has also done work with RightsCon and the Stanford Intermediary Liability Workshop in the field of digital rights.
Tyler graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations. He loves to travel, spend time outdoors, as well as playing and coaching squash.
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