Public Interest Cybersecurity

The Citizen Clinic is a public-interest cybersecurity clinic at UC Berkeley. It supports the capacity of politically-vulnerable organizations to defend themselves against online threats. Building off our recent research on the ecosystem providing technical assistance to civil society, the clinic supports interdisciplinary teams of students to assess threats to targeted organizations, recommend risk-appropriate mitigations, and to work collaboratively with clients to implement new policies and technical controls that enhance their cybersecurity. Download a PDF overview of Citizen Clinic.

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Click here for the Spring 2020 application.

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the first week of class. Please apply before attempting to enroll Рall students who enroll will be waitlisted until their application is approved. More information on the course can be found here.



Sean Brooks

Deputy Director

Steve Trush


Bill Marczak

Affiliated Researcher

Nomi Conway

Graduate Researcher

Rajvardhan Oak

Graduate Researcher

Gisela Perez de Acha Chavez

Graduate Researcher

Nikita Samarin

Advisory Board

Ron Deibert
Director, The Citizen Lab
Eva Galperin
Director of Cybersecurity, EFF
Lobsang Gyatso Sither
Digital Security Program Director, Tibet Action Institute
Matt Mitchell
Director of Digital Safety & Privacy, Tactical Technology Collective
Eleni Gessiou
Security Engineering Manager, Facebook