Past Cyber Scholars

Paula Kift was a dockift_1toral student in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University (NYU) as well as a Student Fellow at NYU’s Information Law Institute. She is interested in global privacy governance, transborder data flows, and the relationship between privacy and security. Paula earned a BA summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2012, where she studied French Literature and Political Science as a major, and Near Eastern Studies and European Cultural Studies as minors. During her undergraduate studies, she completed exchange semesters at the universities of Barcelona and Paris. In 2014 Paula received a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Previously she worked as a research assistant at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. She is a member of the GPPi Circle of Friends and an Associate Member of the American Council on Germany (ACG).


Yin Mei received her B.A. in Psychology at UC Berkeley. In 2010, she moved to Beijing to work at a public relations consulting firm. She also lead tech and innovation community events, including TEDxBeijing and BarCamp Beijing. In 2013, she moved to New York City and became active with the journalism community. She is currently serving her second term as membership chair for the Asian American Journalists Association. After seeing a gap in tech talent in New York, she enrolled in a 3-month bootcamp in 2014 to kickstart her career as a software engineer. Today, she’s working full-time for a medical startup devoting her days to an effort in improving quality of outcomes for cancer patients.  Yin graduated from the intensive NYU CS Bridge program in 2016 and began her studies for her Masters in Cyber Security. Given her background in communications and journalism, she’s working on a project exploring ways to bridge the gap in knowledge about technology solutions for securing the integrity of material for investigative journalists. Find her on Twitter @msyinmei.