Matt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlem impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt is the Director of Digital Safety & Privacy, at Tactical Technology. In his work there Matt leads security training efforts, curricula, and organizational security. Matt trains people as an independent trainer for Global Journalist Security in digital safety & security.

Matt spends his free time training activists in operational and information security. His personal work focuses on marginalized, aggressively monitored, over-policed populations in the United States. Currently he is a tech advisor to the Human Rights Foundation , as well as a member of the advisory board to the Open Technology Fund and the Internet Freedom Festival

He was a 2016–2017 Mozilla Foundation / Ford Foundation Open Web Fellow, embedded at Color of Change a civil rights / social justice organization
The Revolution will Not be Encrypted

[Thoughts from the Frontline of Civil Rights & Circumvention Tech]
Matt will talk about his experience as a trainer & educator teaching digital safety & privacy to civil rights movements inside and out of the United States. Where privacy "settings" fail and where they triumph. He will also speak on the tools he uses and begin to dissect some of the gear of the trade, as well as how it serves and impedes the goals of the marginalized.


Whose tools? Whose house?

Modern tech-based artwork often has to rely on software, hardware, and computational services that are built and controlled by monopolistic corporations. How to artists weigh the creative possibilities of these tools and platforms against the problematic ethics of the corporations that make them? What opportunities exist for artists to use tools that circumvent corporate systems? Join panelists from Carmen Aguilar Y Wedge (Hyphen-Labs), Matt Mitchell, Meredith Whittaker and moderator Jer Thorp for this thought-provoking conversation.