Ross Teixeira is a researcher and writer at the intersection of technology and society. Before The Markup, he was a PhD candidate in computer science at Princeton University, where he investigated topics including data privacy, broadband availability, edtech, and network security.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he led a team that examined the swift adoption of edtech in classrooms to support remote learning, uncovering privacy concerns associated with platforms like Zoom and Canvas that violated the expectations of teachers and students. Ross also investigated the disparity in broadband internet availability across the United States by querying coverage for millions of residential addresses, uncovering instances of overstated coverage by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and pushing the FCC to implement more accurate mapping procedures.
Ross was a lead editor for an issue of the student tech magazine “XRDS,” which examined technology’s role in addressing pressing societal challenges, including climate change, voting, policing, data privacy, censorship, and surveillance. He is also an award-winning teaching assistant and mentor.
Ross studied computer science at Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley. He is based in Philadelphia.
Subjects: Education, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, United States Law
An investigation by The Markup’s Colin Lecher and Ross Teixeira found Meta’s pixel tracking students from kindergarten to college.