Poster for Race + Data Science Lecture Series

Race + Data Science Lecture Series: Matt Mitchell, Tech Fellow, Ford Foundation

The Race + Data Science Lecture Series aims to celebrate and advance research in the areas of race and data, engineering, and computational science.

Guest Speaker:

Matt Mitchell
Tech Fellow,
Ford Foundation


Thursday, May 27, 2021 (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT) – Virtual

This lecture is in memoriam of George Floyd (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020)

Chair & Moderator

Desmond Upton Patton, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Data Science Institute, Columbia University. Patton is also Associate Professor of Social Work; Associate Dean of Curriculum Innovation and Academic Affairs; and Courtesy Appointment in Department of Sociology, Columbia University School of Social Work.


Matt Mitchell is a hacker, founder CryptoHarlem, and tech fellow to the BUILD program at the Ford Foundation. In his work there, Matt develops cybersecurity strategy for the foundation’s grantee partners.

Matt is a well known security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist. His organization CryptoHarlem, hosts impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt worked as an independent digital security/counter surveillance trainer for media and humanitarian focused private security firms. His personal work focuses on marginalized, aggressively monitored, over-policed populations in the United States. Matt sits on the Network Investment Council of Reset Tech, and the board of Action Squared Inc.

He is formerly a tech advisor to the Human Rights Foundation, and the Internet Freedom Festival. Matt was also a member of the advisory board to the Open Technology Fund, the Internet Freedom Festival, the Digital Security Exchange, Citizen Clinic at Berkeley University Center for Long Term Cybersecurity, The 4th Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and TurnOut.

The Race + Data Science Lecture Series is supported by funding from the MacArthur Foundation and New America.


May 27 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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