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Matt Mitchell is a hacker and Tech Fellow at the Ford Foundation where he works 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.
Matt was recently named by WIRED magazine as one of the WIRED25, a group of “innovators who are using technology to lead society through this period of global uncertainty and pointing the way to a safer future.” He was previously listed by VICE’s MOTHERBOARD as a HUMAN OF THE YEAR for his work protecting marginalised communities from surveillance.
Committed to using his vast 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. He directed digital safety and privacy for Tactical Technology Collective (a global NGO based in Berlin), and has trained numerous activists, journalists, and NGOs in digital security, safety, and privacy. In line with his personal work (which focuses on marginalised, aggressively monitored, and over-policed populations), Matt founded and leads CryptoHarlem — impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominantly African American community in Upper Manhattan. He has worked for private security firm GJS Security, helping to protect devices from hackers, and has also worked as a data journalist at the New York Times as well as a developer at CNN, Time Inc., NewsOne, and other media outlets.
In 2016, Matt served as a Ford-Mozilla Open Web fellow, embedded at Color Of Change. He has also been an Internet Freedom Festival fellow, a New America Cybersecurity Initiative fellow, and an adviser to a host of organisations including the Open Technology Fund, Internet Freedom Festival, Human Rights Foundation, Digital Security Exchange (DSX), UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Swee Leng Harris is a Principal at Luminate where she works with the Data & Digital Rights team to identify funding opportunities, support funding execution and portfolio management, and undertake policy research and analysis. She is also a member of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group for the UK Government.
Prior to joining Luminate, Swee Leng was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at The Legal Education Foundation where she led a portfolio of policy grants focused on the technical legal capacity of civil society to engage with the legislative process relating to the UK’s exit from the EU. She was also responsible for developing the Foundation’s activity on data processing by government, public law, and rule of law principles.
She previously worked at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law where she led the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rule of Law. Swee Leng began her career as an environment and planning lawyer.
Amira El-Sayed is a Principal at Luminate where she sources and manages Luminate’s global Civic Empowerment grants and investments to help ensure that everyone – especially those who are marginalised or underserved – can participate in governance, receive the services they need, and hold those in power to account.
Amira was most recently Director of Programs and Strategy at Reboot, leading its New York-based Programs Team and working to advance civic participation and social action with a variety of philanthropic, government, and private sector partners. She also worked on Reboot’s theory of change and organisational strategy.
Prior to Reboot, Amira was a Programme Manager at Transparency International – Defence and Security. While there she led the Africa Programme and later managed an initiative to develop global norms for responsible defence governance, as well as the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (Transparency International’s flagship publication on defence and security).
A former Tahrir Square activist, Amira started her career with non-profit organisations in Egypt.
As Strategic Consultant, Brandi supports Reset’s strategic programs and research. Brandi Geurkink is a campaigner who wrestles with some of society’s thorniest problems — and then maps a pathway to systemic solutions. With a background in digital rights, civic rights and economic justice movements, Brandi has honed her skills in grassroots mobilization, investigative research, and coalition building. Her background is varied, but her approach to social change is singular: interrogating power imbalances in society and shifting power to those who are impacted most.
Currently, Brandi is a Senior Policy Fellow at Mozilla, the global nonprofit behind Firefox. At Mozilla, Brandi comes up with new ways to hold the internet’s biggest platforms accountable for algorithms, online advertising, privacy, and other issues. Brandi is the creator of YouTubeRegrets, the largest-ever crowdsourced investigation into YouTube’s recommendation engine and its impact on society. YouTube Regrets has been featured in hundreds of news stories, cited in the EU’s Digital Services Act, and won a coveted Shorty Impact Award.
Brandi’s research and commentary has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, NPR (U.S.), BBC, the Times of India (India), Rappler (Philippines) and dozens of other publications. Brandi is based in Berlin, Germany.
As Resident Fellow, Fiona Krakenbürger supports and consults Reset in its programmatic work and research, while working on new funding approaches to Open Source Infrastructure. Fiona co-authored a feasibility study in 2021 for the German government that serves as a basis for the design of a new federal funding program, the Sovereign Tech Fund. During her fellowship, Fiona will focus on the validation and implementation of a suitable funding model that effectively supports Open Source Infrastructure, further refining the results of the study and setting the guardrails for the new Funding Program.
Her experience builds on her previous roles as a senior manager and technologist in various funding programs at the intersection of technology, human rights, privacy and civic tech, among them the US based Open Technology Fund and the German Prototype Fund.
As Resident Fellow, Rebecca Weiss supports and consults Reset in its programmatic work and research. Rebecca is an award-winning computational social scientist and data science leader. She has worked in academia and industry, applying innovative methods to large-scale data sets to better understand online environments and their behavioral consequences.
As Head of Research and Innovation at Mozilla, she created and incubated the Rally project, a privacy-preserving data platform leveraged by institutions including Princeton, Stanford, and The Markup to conduct research in the public interest. Before that, she founded the Firefox Data Science team and advanced Lean Data Practices as Mozilla’s Director of Data Science.
Weiss has held fellowships at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation (a joint effort between Stanford School of Engineering and Columbia School of Journalism). She has advised the U.S. Congress on artificial intelligence policy and her research has been published in leading computer science and social science conferences and journals, such as WWW, ICWSM, KDD, PET, and ICA. She holds a PhD from Stanford, a SM in Technology Policy from MIT, and a BA in Cognitive Systems from the University of British Columbia.