Coffee Talk is a new segment in the Community Knowledge Share Workshop series, where we get real with the people we most admire. Join Trinh and Sandy, as they serve up some sweets and coffee, and get to know the kick-ass people leading our movements. To see upcoming workshops, regularly visit our Virtual Calendar of Events.
Matt MitchellMatt is a hacker, civil rights advocate, security researcher / bug bounty enthusiast, counter surveillance, Information & operational security trainer to NGOs, nonprofits, & journalists, and most importantly, a good human being. Currently, he is tech fellow at Ford Foundation where he is working with the BUILD and Technology and Society teams to develop digital security strategy, technical assistance offerings, and safety and security measures for the foundation’s grantee partners.
Danielle BluntDanielle Blunt (she/her) is a NYC-based Dominatrix, sex worker rights and anti-traffiking advocate, and one of the co-founders of Hacking//Hustling. She has her Masters in Public Health and researches the intersection of sex work and equitable access to tech. Blunt is on the advisory board of NYC's Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) and Berkman Klein's Initiative for a Representative First Amendment (IfRFA). She enjoys redistributing money from institutions, watching her community thrive, and making men cry.
Michelle Ferrier is the co-founder of TrollBusters.com, a just-in-time service that helps journalists fight online abuse and has advocated on behalf of journalists worldwide. She has been recognized for her work educating the next generation of leaders. In 2017, Mediashift named her one of the top 10 journalism innovation educators to watch. As a scholar, she focuses on digital identity and reputation management and online communities, and helps orgs with community-based participatory research and media entrepreneurship. Michelle has worked relentlessly to ensure that BIPOC voices have the tools, skills, and support they need to tell their story, for more diverse newsrooms and media, and has served as beacon of support for so many young communicators.
Jorge Luis Sierra
Jorge Luis Sierra embodies all the characteristics of a good investigative journalist who fights relentlessly to protect the most vulnerable. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, and he has covered organised crime, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and even the Iraq war. He has also spent a great deal of time developing tools and strategies to protect other investigative journalists, especially those that risk their life on a daily basis. You may know him from Salam, a web application that helps journalists and human rights defenders conduct risk assessment to improve their security posture.
Sarah is a data activist, an operational security trainer, and human rights technologist. These skills made her a perfect fit for the Open Technology Fund, where as Chief Technologist, she provides support to countless projects fighting censorship and surveillance.
Nash is currently leading the EFF's grassroots, student and community organizing efforts. He has a long history of helping activists mitigate harmful interactions with the state. He has witnessed aggressive and militarized policing in the United States, Honduras, and Palestine; and he himself has been the target of racial profiling, biased broken windows policing, and police brutality. Nash co-founded the Black Movement Law Project. He is also a member of Mutant Legal, through which he has organised training in cities like Ferguson and New York.