Ishan Mehta

Ishan is Policy Advisor for the National Security Program at Third Way. Focusing on cybersecurity, he aims to work at the intersection of technology and policy and bring the two worlds closer. Born in California, and brought up in part in India, Ishan got his Bachelor of Technology from the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute, before returning to the US. He has a double master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Computer Engineering and Public Policy. 

As a graduate student researcher for the Internet Governance Project, he has contributed to research on cybersecurity attribution, Internet governance and digital trade. His research has been presented at venues like the RSA Conference, Telecom Policy Research Conference and the Internet Governance Forum. Ishan interned at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and knew he wanted to come back to DC to be a part of the tech policy community and grapple with these compelling issues. During his time in Atlanta, he worked for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and led a digital rights activists group. He is most proud of their efforts that led to the veto of a poorly written cybersecurity bill. 

When not working, Ishan likes to read science fiction and historical non-fiction. He also enjoys hiking, watching soccer and experimenting with new foods.


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