Project: Tech Against Terrorism. United Nations (UN). Research Intern. Tech Against Terrorismis working on behalf of the UN CTED to support the global tech industry to tackle terroristexploitation of their technologies.
Humza Jilani is a rising senior in Winthrop House, concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Islamic Studies. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he is passionate about harnessing emerging technologies to build a more unified and democratic global community. He has worked for Foreign Policy magazine in London, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office in Washington, D.C., and Pakistani startup UpTrade (Goats for Water) in Karachi. He spent this last winter break in Matamoros, Mexico, launching an effort to digitally connect asylum-seekers in Mexico with psychiatrists and attorneys in the United States. On-campus, he is the founding vice president of the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative and conducts research on internet platform governance and nuclear weapons security at the Harvard Kennedy School. He previously headed the Institute of Politics National Security Policy Program, served as the political and academic chair of the Pakistani Students Association, and wrote for the Harvard College Law Review. In his spare time, he volunteers with the Islamic Arts Society, a Houston non-profit that promotes an appreciation for the Islamic arts in the United States.
Humza is excited to intern with Tech Against Terrorism, a public-private partnership launched by the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate. He will research ways to respond to terrorists' usage of small technology platforms while holding governments and platforms accountable for human rights and free expression issues. After graduating from the College, Humza hopes to attend law school and study the balance between national security prerogatives and the protection of civil liberties, both at home and abroad.