$whoami

Mateo ( geminiimatt ) a.k.a matt mitchell , photo by Nick Lee

In computing command line, there is a command: $whoami. It invokes info on the user who typed it, echoed out on to the screen. The earliest versions of it are credited to Richard Mlynarik. Here is what a real-world “whoami” would echo out about yours truly.

TL;DR BIOGRAPHY

  • 2016/2017 Mozilla/Ford Open Web fellow at Color of Change.
  • 2017 Internet Freedom Festival fellow
  • 2016/2017 New America Cybersecurity Initiative fellow
  • Institute For The Future, Future-4-Good fellow
  • YBCA 100, awardee
  • advisor to the Open Technology Fund
  • hacker, security researcher
  • Information & operational security
    trainer to NGOs & journalists (via Global Journalist Security)
  • developer and data journalist (formerly of NY Times)
  • supporter of The Movement For Black Lives
  • founder/lead Crypto Harlem
  • writer for Cryptofriends

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FULL BIOGRAPHY

Matt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlem ( https://twitter.com/cryptoHarlem ), impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt trains journalists as an independent trainer for Global Journalist Security) in digital safety &security. Matt spends his 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 2016 Mozilla Foundation / Ford Foundation Open Web Fellow, embedded at Color of Change a civil rights / social justice organization;

Color of Change where Matt is a Mozilla/Ford Open Web Fellow

( more on the program at Mozilla https://advocacy.mozilla.org/en-US/open-web-fellows/fellows2016 & Ford http://www.fordfoundation.org/ideas/equals-change-blog/posts/announcing-the-2016-ford-mozilla-open-web-fellows/ ). Matt is an Internet Freedom Festival 2016 Fellow (https://internetfreedomfestival.org/internet-freedom-festival-fellowship-program/ ) , a New America 2016 CyberSecurity Initiative Fellow, an Institute For The Future “Future For Good” Fellow ( http://www.iftf.org/what-we-do/who-we-are/fellows/ ), and an advisor to the Open Technology Fund (https://www.opentech.fund/about/people/advisory-council ). He worked as a data journalist at The New York Times and a developer at CNN, Time Inc, NewsOne/InteractiveOne/TVOne/RadioOne, ,AOL/Huffington Post, & Essence Magazine.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2017:

Simmons College Technology Social Justice in Boston, MA
* Thursday April 27, 2017
The intersection of privacy, policy, data, and design offers both opportunities and constraints for those working with technology to promote a more just and equitable society. Panelists will discuss how privacy, policy, data, and design issues influence their work in technology, and they will provide insights into opportunities that exist to pursue technology careers that promote justice-centered goals.
Republica 2017 in Berlin, Germany
* Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -17:30 to 18:00 ( Stage 5 @ )
Surveillance isn’t evenly deployed against all people. Matt will speak on how surveillance has historically targeted and directly affected marginalized populations in the United States.This talk includes Lessons learned from the CryptoHarlem project as well as what he feels are the best ways to provide digital safety and security to all people.
NYCIST: in New York, NY
* Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 4–6pm
A discussion w/ Chaumtoli Huq & @geminiimatt to talk at Browning School about law, tech, and the marginalized

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TechCrunch Sessions: Justice in San Francisco, CA
* Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The Black Community Needs Encryption: Through history the Black community of the United States has faces many forms of surveillance. Encryption, circumvention technologies, and advancements in math/science provides the Black community to free ourselves from this “racial gaze”.
Personal Democracy Forum in New York, NY
Friday, June 9th 3:15pm — 4:15pm
Kimmel Center Rom 907
”Digital Security for All: Bridging the Gap…”
A discussion on what it will take to bring digital security AND digital safety to marginalized groups and the directly effected. Josh Levy — Non- resident fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab Deanna Zandt — Co-Founder at Lux Digital Anqi Li — Design and Digital Engagement Lead at Access Now
Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York, NY
Wednesday, June 14th 7:00pm IFC Center 
Black code is an amazing documentary about the work of Citizen Lab in Toronto. There are not many places for dissidents & activists to turn when they are the victims of suspected state digital surveillance & hacking. Citizen Lab is one of those places. Screening followed by panel discussion with filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier, Bill Marczak, Senior Research Fellow, Citizen Lab and myself (Matt Mitchell, Hacker/Digital security trainer and Founder of CryptoHarlem) Moderated by Dinah PoKempner, General Counsel, HRW
Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI
* sometime during June 15–18th 
Advanced Opsec: Beyond Tor & Signal: In this workshop @geminiimatt will break a fictitious activist organization (the participants) into teams who must successfully practice good operational & information security to plan, promote, execute, and assess a demonstration while mitigating harm. Learning advanced skills, capabilities & methods along the way.
EyeO Festival 2017 in Minneapolis, MN
* sometime during June 26–29th 
“Cyber JimCrow: Virtual public housing and poor doors in digital security & surveillance.” Technology allows us new tools to build a better more inclusive future but without an acknowledgement of past and ingrained biases are we doomed to fail? Due to the recent US election & the rise of white supremacist populist movements in Europe, digital security and safety information is in high demand. But, are we leaving behind those directly affected in our rush to a ‘safer’ future? I talk about my research and some possible solutions
Citizen Lab Summer Institute: on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights
July 12 to 14, 2017
“The Citizen Lab Summer Institute on Monitoring Internet Openness and Rights is an annual research workshop hosted at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.The Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI) is a meeting place for researchers and practitioners from academia, civil society, and the private sector who are working on Internet openness, security, and rights. It brings together perspectives from a wide range of backgrounds across technical and social science disciplines. Participants range from established experts to those just entering the area.”
Strange Loop, St. Louis, MO
* Sept 28–30th, 2017
A key note

EDUCATIONAL / TRAINING FILMS:

“How To Give A Digital Security Training” by Matt Mitchell, Cooper Quntin, Marin Shelton, Rachel Weidinger
“Cybersecurity for the People: How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest”
The Intercept 
by Micah Lee w/
matt mitchell

FELLOWSHIPS:

Mozilla Open Web Fellowship
The Mozilla Open Web Fellowship literally changed by life, so I have high praise for it and the great people at Mozilla and Ford who support it. This fellowship looks to get technologists and civil society host organizations together. The technologists get a taste of what being a “public interest technologist” in service to all, is about. The host organizations get a nerd with special powers for a short period of time to help permanently change the trajectory of the organization. Its a win win, with lost of travel and geeky adventure thrown in for good measure. There is currently an open call for the next year’s cohort.
New America CyberSecurity Initiative Fellow
The Cybersecurity Initiative Fellowship brings together thinkers from across the United States, from in and outside the cyber policy community, to write and contribute new thinking to the policy debate. New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age.”
IREX Internet Freedom Festival Fellow
International Research & Exchanges’ annual glitter covered event in Valencia Spain supports an open internet & fighting surveillance. As a fellow I assisted with the “Community Track”.
Institute For The Future’s Future For Good Fellow
Institute For The Future is an independent, non-profit research organization, the fellowship program hosted a convening in Reykjavik, exploring the forces shaping our world, and the actions we can take amidst them. I was honored to contribute my vision and analysis in this effort.

BOARD & ADVISORY POSITIONS

Open Technology Fund Advisory Council
“To support the internet as a safe and secure platform for free speech the Open Technology Fund (OTF) was created in 2012 as a program of Radio Free Asia and is sustained by annual grants from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which originate from yearly U.S. Congressional appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs…The OTF program works to promote forward-thinking ideas and innovation, open philanthropy, alternative methodologies, emerging technologies, new approaches, and social responsibility.”
Internet Freedom Festival & IFF Advisory Board
“The IFF Platform brings together the internet freedom community to raise awareness & profile of the people, projects, teams, & organizations working in coalition to bring about a open, free, global internet fueled by acceptance, freedom, and love. I also work to support, promote, and grow the annual IFF conference in Valencia, Spain.

PRESENTATIONS:

Cyber Jim Crow & Digital Poor Doors In Tech
In June of 2017, I am honored to have presented at EyeO. I shared some of my thoughts and research on diversity in tech and issues impeding integration.
Surveillance and Black Bodies in the USA 
At the Re::publica 2017 Media conference I spoke on the long history in the United States as categorizing people of African descent as suspicious others along with some of my research on modern surveillance in the inner city. Drawing unsettling parallels between past and current event.
Why The Black Community Needs Encryption
You might not know that you need a big “crypto hug,” but Matt Mitchell of Crypto Harlem has one for you. But why for the black community in particular?
“Surveillance is a tool of oppression, and black folks have been surveilled since before the slave ships. You look at a manifest of a slave ship and people were numbers and cataloged. You look at an overseers diary and it’s basically a CCTV camera but written out in handwriting. All the way up to COINTELPRO where a who’s who of civil rights and racial justice leaders from the 60s and 70s [were surveilled]. It’s part of a program, especially in this country, to dismantle those organizations because they’re disruptive.”- TechCrunch
Color of Surveillance Conference
“why black & latino folks need to follow the encryption battle & how does iOS vs FBI effect us.”

PANELS:

Reddit AMA (ask me anything) with ACLU National & CryptoHarlem
This was a virtual panel/online town hall where Chad Marlow of the ACLU and I answered questions about the work we collaborated on with CCOPS (community control over police surveillance) and the #TakeCTRL campaign. This has lead to actual policy being supported by NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union) via NY Electronic Comms Privacy Act (A.9235). A bill that “relates to the search and seizure of electronic devices and electronic communications”
Netgain Internet of Things Conference in New York, NY
Excited to be on a panel moderated by Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation. The panelist are Stephanie Hankey, Executive Director, Tactical Tech, Scout Brody, Executive Director, Simply Secure & Bruce Schneier, Board Member, Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Internet Governance Forum USA (IGFUSA) 2016
“Content and conduct: countering violent extremism & promoting human rights online”

INTERVIEWS :

“GnuPG Stories: Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem”
A promotional video I did to raise funds for GnuPG encryption software.
by GPG w/
matt mitchell
Radio Motherboard on CryptoHarlem.
“Content and conduct: countering violent extremism & promoting human rights online”
Listen to the interview by clicking play!
CodeNewbie on data journalism & coding
“Content and conduct: countering violent extremism & promoting human rights online”
Facets on “what was the internet before”
The internet wasn’t always the way we use and see it now. Dial up was slow, websites didn’t exist yet, & old men screamed at clouds. I talk about my first computer and what the internet was like when I was first getting online.
Colombia Informa (en español) on “La tecnología viene de la mano con la vigilancia estatal”
I met the team at Tactical Tech’s Glass Room, where I presented the talk “Teching while Black & NYC Surveillance” / Conocí a estos reporteros en “The Glass Room” (la Sala de Vidrio) de Tactical Tech, donde presenté la charla “Enseñanza mientras Black & NYC Surveillance”

PRESS:

Village Voice . “Best Person To Help You Encrypt Shit.” by Ethan Chiel
The Village Voice Best Of 2016 Issue talks about the best things New York City has to offer.
Vice Motherboard . “Human of The Year”
Motherboard’s collection of people who are making big things happen during 2016 online and by proxy out in the real world.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee . “Ms. Robot”
December 7, 2016

The recent elections in the United States put in the White House someone who has promised to crack down on activists like those involved in the Movement For Black Lives. In this episode,Ashley Nicole Black talks about how the Black community has been dealing with surveillance issues for a long time. With a unique and skilled gift of comedy & satire Ashley, covers what we as citizens can do. Matt has a cameo at 3:06, Also in the video hip hop legend, Talib Kweli.
“Ms Robot — Samantha B”
Fox 5 New York local news “Why Privacy Matters”
May 12, 2017

A local New York City reporter, Arthur Chi’en reached out to discuss the importance of privacy in todays digital age. It was a good opportunity to promote the work I do and most importantly promote good digital safety hygiene.
“Why Privacy Matters” — Fox 5 NY

LISTS & CHARTS:

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
In 2017 I was selected as one of the YBCA 100, a list of the one hundred“people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture”.
Onalytica : Top 100 Influencers and Brands
A listing by Onalytica of Cyber Security and InfoSec professionals from April 2016.

STORIES / QUOTED IN:

The following are a log not endorsements

“Security Pros, Librarians Holding Digital Privacy Clinics Across U.S.”
By Andrew Chaikivsky
June 28, 2017
Consumer Reports
“In Trump’s America, Black Lives Matter activists grow wary of their smartphones”
June 1, 2017
Craig Timberg
for Washington Post
“Matt Mitchell On Racist Algorithms” 
May 10, 2017
Republica 2017
“Festival mundial por una Internet sin censuras” 
March 8, 2017 
Kristin Suleng for El Pais
“66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now” 
February 21, 2017 
Andrew Chaikivsky w/ Tercius Bufete and Catherine Roberts for
Consumer Reports
“Cryptoparties Teach Attendees How To Stay Anonymous Online” 
February 8, 2017 
Jon Kalish for NPR: All Things Considered
“How to Protest Without Sacrificing Your Digital Privacy” 
January 20, 2017 
Joseph Cox for Motherboard
“Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech” 
January 4, 2017 
Carey Dunne for Quartz
“Cómo la policía nos vigila en las redes sociales” 
December 15, 2016 
George Joseph for CITYLab Latino
“La policía monitorea más los teléfonos de la gente pobre que de la rica” 
October 26, 2016 
George Joesph for CityLab Latino
“Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech” 
September 23, 2016 
Jeremy Seth David for SC Magazine
“US cities launch campaign to crack down on unsanctioned surveillance” 
September 21, 2016 
Sam Thielman for The Guardian
“The Black Community Needs Encryption” 
December 11, 2015 
Adrianne Jeffries for Motherboard

CODE:

working title: Protect Your Org 
“An open source online tool to create a security policy, an incident response plan, data retention policy, & business continuity plan in minutes.”