Meredith Whittaker is the founder and lead of Google’s Open Research group, which is dedicated to solving hard problems in collaboration with the open source and academic communities. She and her group are currently focusing on open (verifiable!) Internet measurement and research, usable open-source privacy and security tools, open-source “critical infrastructure” and how to keep it healthy (i.e. how do we keep our promises when relying on countless upstream resources?), and the tetchy intersections of ethics and networked systems research – these things, other things, and the dynamic constellation of social and political issues that attend them. Meredith has a BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, and learned most of what she does by doing it.