This is the blog of Matthew Esposito! I am a computer science student at the College of William & Mary.
Some facts about me:
- I am a member of the Geospatial Evaluation and Observation Lab at William & Mary on the geoDev team, where we work with machine learning and democratize access to datasets. Some of the awesome things we are doing:
- Sharing openly-licensed (CC BY 4.0) geographic boundaries for every country in the world!
- Providing boundaries to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for vaccine distribution
- Working with the Global Environment Facility to better distribute billions of dollars in environmental grants by computationally analyzing project reports
- Partnering with NGA, the DOD, and the DHS while using geospatial and open source intelligence to analyze potential international threats.
- Working alongside the UN's Second Administrative Level Boundaries program and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- I performed self-directed summer research about the impacts of poor network connectivity on peer to peer networks by simulating certain kinds of network damage
- I assisted with an honors thesis research paper into worldwide governments' use of internet shutdowns to suppress dissent and control information flow, shedding light on the impact of these tactics on freedom of expression and the right to access information
- I am a founding member and DevOps lead of the Linux/FLOSS club at William & Mary
- I have contributed to the Rust programming language!
- I gave a talk introducing Rust at William & Mary's 8th Annual Hackathon, Cypher @ W&M!
This is starting to sound like a resume, so, here's some fun facts...
- I love my dogs very much
- I occasionally climb trees
- I've listened to 47,203 minutes of music this year. 55% of that was "danceable" music!
- I still use my Sony Walkman, 12 years after I got it (thank you 7 year old me, for not breaking it!). Now running Rockbox!
- My 7th grade science project was running
sslstripon our home wifi and tricking my dad into giving up his Amazon password. It was rejected from my science fair for being "too complicated" and various other "ethical issues".
You can almost always find me biking speedily around the William & Mary campus. Please say hi!
You can also find me by seeking me out yourself - shoot me a text at (757) 524-3501! (google voice)
Even if just to say hi.. :)