Dan Krill is a junior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering with a minor in French and Francophone studies. Krill is assisting Professor Michael Coppedge in his research on the contagion of democracy across online mediums. His work focuses on Internet connectivity and social media use around the world, with the goal of using data to drive a dyadic analysis of international patterns of political influence over the Internet. He uses Python packages to scrape data provided by Twitter APIs to build a metric of online connectedness with the intention of overlaying this with existing data from the V-Dem Project.
On campus, Krill is also involved in the Lucy Institute’s iTREDS program, where he applies skills in data science and design thinking to a community engagement capstone project. Krill’s broader interests include the advancement of renewable energy and the role of cyber cafés in the developing world, both with a regional focus in North Africa.