david thiel

David Thiel

  • Chief Technologist, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Big Data Architect

Biography

David is the Big Data Architect and Chief Technologist of the Stanford Internet Observatory. Prior to Stanford, David worked at Facebook, primarily focusing on security and safety for Facebook Connectivity, a collection of projects aimed at providing faster and less expensive internet connectivity to unconnected or underconnected communities. Projects included the Terragraph mesh networking system, the Magma open source mobile network platform, Express Wi-Fi and Facebook Lite.

Before Facebook, David was a VP at iSEC Partners and later NCC Group, managing the North American security consulting and research team, as well as producing original security research, coordinating vulnerability disclosure and performing security assessments and penetration testing for companies across a wide range of business sectors.

David has spoken at various industry conferences, including Black Hat, DEFCON, PacSec and SOURCE Boston. He is also the author of iOS Application Security (No Starch Press) and coauthor of Mobile Application Security (McGraw-Hill).

publications

Case Studies
August 2022

Mind Farce: An Investigation into an Inauthentic Facebook and Instagram Network Linked to an Israeli Public Relations Firm (TAKEDOWN)

Author(s)
Mind Farce: An Investigation into an Inauthentic Facebook and Instagram Network Linked to an Israeli Public Relations Firm (TAKEDOWN)
Case Studies
December 2021

Maduro’s Menagerie: Twitter Client Usage in a Venezuelan Twitter Operation (TAKEDOWN)

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Maduro’s Menagerie: Twitter Client Usage in a Venezuelan Twitter Operation (TAKEDOWN)
Case Studies
August 2021

Topologies and Tribulations of Gettr : A month in the life of a new alt-network

Author(s)
Topologies and Tribulations of Gettr : A month in the life of a new alt-network

In The News

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News

The Stanford Internet Observatory Turns Three

SIO releases its annual report summarizing its first three years of research, teaching and policy and laying the path for the years to come.
The Stanford Internet Observatory Turns Three
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The first issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

The journal of Online Trust and Safety published its inaugural issue on Thursday, October 28.
The first issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety
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The Stanford Internet Observatory Turns Two

SIO releases its two year report summarizing its first two years of research, teaching and policy and laying the path for the years to come.
The Stanford Internet Observatory Turns Two
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