Varoon Bashyakarla is a data scientist at the Tactical Technology Collective, a Berlin-based NGO that works globally at the intersection of activism and technology. For the past year, he has been studying how personal data is becoming a political asset, influencing elections and referenda. His team has partnered with researchers and journalists in over a dozen countries in the process. Previously, he worked as a data scientist at Wealthfront, where he managed experiments across the company, and at Dropbox, where he helped preempt cyberattacks and supported the launch of a new office. He was also a fellow of the inaugural Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Sciences for Social Good Fellowship. He received his bachelor’s degree in statistics and economics from Yale University and studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science.