Staff Biography

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Chief Technologist

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Chief Technologist

Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology.  His work focuses on the nexus between technology, law, and policy, ensuring that technology and technical considerations are appropriately embedded into legal and policy environments. Supporting work across all of CDT’s programmatic areas, Joseph provides technical analyses and perspectives to CDT’s programs, and interfaces externally with CDT supporters, stakeholders, academics, and technologists.

Prior to joining CDT in 2012, Joseph was a postdoctoral research fellow with Helen Nissenbaum at New York University, Ed Felten at Princeton University and Deirdre Mulligan at University of California, Berkeley. He has 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. Joseph is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Voter Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Verified Voting Foundation and a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Computer Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) IV. In 2012, he received the John Gideon Memorial Award from the Election Verification Network for contributions to election verification.

Joseph holds master’s degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and was a founding member of the National Science Foundation’s ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections). He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2008. His Ph.D. thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital government transparency. In his postdoctoral work, he developed techniques to increase the efficiency and usability of accountability mechanisms in electronic elections.