Matt Mitchell


Matt Mitchell is a hacker and Tech Fellow at The Ford Foundation. Matt is working with the BUILD and Technology and Society teams at Ford Foundation to develop digital security strategy, technical assistance offerings, and safety and security measures for the foundation’s grantee partners.

Committed to using his digital skills — as hacker, developer, operational security trainer, security researcher, and data journalist — for good, Matt has worked in various capacities at the intersection of technology and social justice. Formerly the Director of Digital Safety & Privacy for Tactical Tech (also known as the Tactical Technology Collective). Matt worked leading security training efforts, curricula, and organizational security for Tactical Tech in their mission to raise awareness about privacy, provide tools for digital security, and mobilize people to turn information into action.

  • Tech fellow at Ford Foundation w/ BUILD: building institutions and networks
  • (former) director of digital safety & privacy at Tactical Tech
  • hacker
  • civil rights advocate
  • founder/lead CryptoHarlem
  • advisor to the Open Technology Fund
  • advisor to the Internet Freedom Festival
  • advisor to the Human Rights Foundation
  • advisor to the Digital Security Exchange (DSX)
  • advisor to the Berkeley University Center for Long Term Cybersecurity
  • advisor to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • security researcher / bug bounty enthusiast
  • Information & operational security
    trainer to NGOs, nonprofits, & journalists (via GJS Security)
  • San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA100 (2017), awardee
  • 2016/2017 Mozilla/Ford Open Web fellow at Color of Change.
  • 2017 Internet Freedom Festival fellow
  • 2016/2017 New America Cybersecurity Initiative fellow
  • 2017 Institute For The Future, Future-4-Good fellow
  • developer and data journalist (formerly of CNN & The New York Times)
  • supporter of The Movement For Black Lives
  • writer for Cryptofriends