Pegah Moradi

Class of 2019

Hometown: Haymarket, VA

What is your College Scholar project?
My College Scholar project is crafted around the relationships between governance, politics, and computing. I am most interested in how governments should approach technology law and regulation, as well as how governments can integrate technology into bureaucracy (i.e. “disrupting” or “hacking” bureaucracy). Given the current security and privacy weaknesses of a highly connected and virtual government, should governments tap into technological change for increased efficiency, and if so, how? My research interests also include cybersecurity, technological privacy, and tech ethics.

What are your most important extra-curricular activities?
I am an opinion columnist for The Cornell Daily Sun; web editor for the campus humor magazine, The Cornell Lunatic; and a member of the PBNQ improv comedy troupe.

Talk about any summer internships or programs you’ve attended.
During the summer after my sophomore year, I worked with Professor Eric Burger at the Georgetown University Security and Software Engineering Research Center on the Public- Switched Telephone Network transition study, which aims to analyze the implications of transitioning from analog telephony to an all-IP infrastructure. As part of the study, I authored a white paper on the technical and economic implications of net neutrality regulation for Voice over IP telephony. I learned quite a bit not only about telecommunications regulation, but also about the tricky relationship between private-sector tech and the federal government.

What do you dream of doing after graduation?
I hope to someday serve as legal counsel for a technology/telecommunications firm, or to work to craft technology policy for the federal government.