Cybersecurity Leadership: Tim Edgar Interview with Palantir’s Civil Liberties Engineer, John Grant

Why should a software engineering company care about privacy and civil liberties? How should it factor these principles into its processes?

These are great questions for any company, but particularly for Palantir, Peter Thiel’s Silicon Valley data-mining company. On the frontlines of this new industry, Palantir has spent a lot of time in the hot seat around its powerful data tracking tools and issues of privacy and civil liberties.

In this brief podcast, Tim Edgar, Brown University Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) faculty member, interviews John Grant, Palantir’s civil liberties engineer, who recently spoke to our executive master students on the Brown campus in Providence.

Grant explains the importance of privacy and civil liberties in the company’s mission to build better institutions for all. He also shares his commitment to relentlessly asking questions to survive as one of the few non-technical people in the room.

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