Right now, I work for The Tor Project, a non-profit which advances free speech and human rights by developing free anonymity software you can trust.
Previously, I edited & wrote for Washington Square News, NYU's official student paper, and interned at Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Here's a selection of clips from the last few years. When I was 16, I self-published a 20,000-word series of essays on growing up with a physical disability. I include them for the sake of completeness, and you can read them here.
Collision Course (a weekly newsletter about tech policy, consumer privacy, and the future).
- Collision Course: Because humans are bad at understanding technology [Collision Course, #1].
- Why can't the EU leave the internet alone? [Collision Course #1.5], July 2018.
- Why It’s So Hard To Make A Law against Revenge Porn [Collision Course #3], July 2018.
- When is a Cellphone Not A Cellphone? [Collision Course #4], July 2018.
- Leaking, ft. Lady Gaga [Collision Course #5], July 2018.
- We Regret to Inform You That Two-Factor Authentication is Not Invincible [Collision Course #6]. August 2018.
- A defense of big thinking, ft. Elon Musk [Collision Course #7]. August 2018.
- Apps for Communicating and Organizing in the Age of Trump, NYU Local, November 2016.
- The Syrian Civil War, tommycollison.com, April 2016.
- ISIS, Terrorism, and Religious Differences, tommycollison.com, February 2016.
- Churchill's Hiccup, and the Modern Nation State, tommycollison.com, February 2016.
- WSN Influential Students: Noah Geib, Washington Square News, December 2015.
- NYU Local, disability, representation, tommycollison.com, October 2015.
- Encryption Works: A Guide to Protecting Your Privacy for Journalists, Sources, and Everyone Else, Freedom of the Press Foundation, white-paper, September 2015.
- Steps to Protect Yourself from Online Creeps and Stalkers, tommycollison.com, May 2015.
The Irish Independent:
- Another Angle: EU's odd copyright directive risks breaking the internet, July 2018.
- Give Elon Musk a break - at least he's focused on big ideas. August 2018.
Washington Square News (NYU's student paper):
- Tel Aviv: Some Electioneers Abroad, November 2016.
- Tel Aviv: Go Tel it From the Mountain, October 2016.
- Everyone Should Learn a Foreign Language in College, Washington Square News, March 2017
- Studying Abroad 2.0, Washington Square News, September 2016.
- Sanders Revolution Misguided from the Start, April 2016.
- Free Speech Post-Gawker Will Be Just Fine, March 2016.
- NYU Should Not Look to Students for Donations, February 2016.
- International students should be given green cards after college, November 2015.
- Facebook's real name policy must go, Washington Square News, September 2015.
- Netzpolitik shows importance of free press, Washington Square News, August 2015.
- Users Must be Wary of Webcam Snooping, Washington Square News, April 2015.
- AT&T payment plan further erodes privacy, Washington Square News, February 2015.
- Free speech under attack before Hebdo, Washington Square News, February 2015.
- NYU free speech stance online deserves credit, Washington Square News, November 2014.
- #GamerGate highlights industry misogyny, Washington Square News November 2014.
- Apple’s efforts strengthen personal privacy, Washington Square News November 2014.
I wrote for Washington Square News all through my time at NYU. Click here to see almost all of my work there.
The Tor Project:
- Volunteer Spotlight: Sina Rabbani Helps Activists Avoid Government Censorship, August 2018.
- Meet the Tor Summer of Privacy and Outreachy Interns, April 2018.
- Protect the Open Web as a Ford-Mozilla Fellow, March 2018.
- Tor + Outreachy: Internships for Underrepresented People in Tech, February 2018.
- Volunteer Spotlight: Meejah Helps You Integrate Tor into Your Code, February 2018.
- Volunteer Spotlight: Alec Helps Companies Activate Onion Services, February 2018
- 2017 Was a Big Year for Tor, January 2017.
- Volunteer Spotlight: Kat, a Privacy Activism Veteran, December 2017
- Volunteer Spotlight: Damian Johnson, November 2017
- Meet Nyx, a Command-Line Tor Relay Monitor, November 2017.
- Introducing Bastet, Our New Directory Authority, November 2017.
- We’re Powering Digital Resistance with Help from Mozilla, October 2017.
- We Want You to Test Next-Gen Onion Services, October 2017.
- KIST and Tell: Tor’s New Traffic Scheduling Feature, October 2017.
- Report Bugs, Get $$$ Like @atechdad, September 2017.
- All Are Welcome at Tor’s Open Hack Days, September 2017.
- Relay Operators! Come Hang Out in Montreal, September 2017.
- Tor Browser Downloads Are Up in 2017, August 2017.
- De-Anonymization, Smart Homes, and Erlang: Tor is Coming to SHA2017, July 2017.
- Stop the FCC from Destroying Net Neutrality, July 2017.