Meet Jasmine McNealy, Superbloom Board Member

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do professionally. 

Hello! I am an associate professor at a university in the southeastern US and the founder and principal of a research and strategy consultancy called The Alveary LLC. I am also an attorney and, I suppose, an overall nerd.

How did you end up on this path? 

To tell the truth, I wandered into this path. It is not anything I could have imagined.

What keeps you motivated to do this important work? 

I think there are opportunities to change how people are forced to live, how organizations do business, and to reduce harm. These are the things that are purposeful and important to me.

When did you first hear of Superbloom? 

In 2018/2019 I was doing a fellowship based in NYC and in Boston. I was introduced to Superbloom folks and affiliates through connections with Data & Society, Civic Hall, and the Kennedy School. 

Why did you decide to join our Board?

I think Superbloom has an important mission and set of values. I think the work that the organization does is important and being a Board member allows me to take part in this very important work.

How do you see your experience and expertise supporting Superbloom as a member of the Board? 

I think that my experience and expertise will support the Board in a broad range of issues and considerations. I’m happy to serve in any of the areas necessary.

Why is it important to change who technology serves? How do you think Superbloom is positioned to support that vision?

It is important to change who technology serves because the use and implementation of technology can cause both short- and long-term impacts. It has implications for how people live their lives. Superbloom is positioned to assist organizations in critically considering how they are deploying and creating technology that impacts people, and hopefully, persuading organizations to make the important changes to their values and systems to mitigate harm.

What is something that’s exciting you at the moment?

I’m getting into some research that I think is important and can snowball into other things.


Hello Joseph and Kat

You’ve already met Gus, and we’re looking forward to introducing you to Maina, the other Fellow that Simply Secure is hosting under the auspices of Open Tech Fund’s Secure Usability Fellowship Program. Ours are not the only SUFP fellows, however – the EFF has been hosting Joseph Bonneau since the start of this year, and Kat Krol started recently as a SUFP Fellow at University College London. We hope to share more about their research later in the year, but in the meantime, here are their introductions, in their own words!

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

2020 was certainly different and harder than we all anticipated. Despite the challenges that 2020 brought, the team at Simply Secure did some amazing work, while also taking time to reflect and grow. We couldn’t have done this without support, collaboration, and solidarity from our community.

All Your Base Are Belong To Gus

Hi, everyone! I’m Gus. I am pleased to be joining Simply Secure for a one-year fellowship. For the past year and change I worked for the Open Internet Tools Project, where I pioneered their work on security usability. OpenITP being an open source organization, I had the great joy of doing all my work in public, which means everything we did is still online and publicly available.