Zhamilya is a founder of PrivaZy Collective, an initiative by youth who value privacy and encourage critical thinking in peers when engaging with data collecting technologies. She is an intern at Youth, Media, and Well-being Lab at Wellesley Centers for Women. Zhamilya studies Data Science and Anthropology at Wellesley College. Previously, a summer intern at Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University where she focused on children’s rights, privacy, and digital well-being advocacy. She was also a Data Analytics intern at Meta (previously Facebook).
She has experience in research, community organizing, teaching computational thinking at Wolfram Summer Camp, and leadership in tech ethics and women’s health. She is interested in researching cultural and social implications of data-driven tech and creating security and privacy educational content for young people and their parents. She is also a first generation immigrant to the US from Kazakhstan. She grew up in a multi-faith, multi-racial and cultural family, that’s why she loves finding connections and similarities between spaces and ideas that don't seem connected at first.