Public interest tech is about all of us. To thrive, it needs the talent and dedication of people, organizations, and funders.
“Everything we do is recorded by someone, somewhere, and we need to stop surveillance before it’s used against us.”
– Etienne Maynier, security engineer and digital researcher
Hackers use their deep knowledge of computer systems to tackle difficult problems. Those who work at the intersection of tech and justice—like hacker for good Matt Mitchell and academic, red teamer, and entrepreneur Éirann Leverett —are using their expertise to serve the greater public good. We also call them public interest technologists.
“It’s not a matter of if you will be hacked as an organization, it’s a matter of when.”
Matt Mitchell, a hacker working at the intersection of social justice and technology, says organizations must be proactive in protecting themselves online. That means having “an understanding of the digital threats,” he says, “and planning before problems occur.”