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.

Citizen Clinic Cybersecurity Education Center

Citizen Clinic has officially launched the Citizen Clinic Cybersecurity Education Center, a GitHub site designed to share the Clinic’s pioneering cybersecurity resources for civil society organizations, and to help other academic institutions that may be interested in establishing their own cybersecurity clinics. The site includes past and current Citizen Clinic curricula, reading lists, and syllabi, as well as a link to our Baseline Organizational Security Guide.

Prospective Students

The Clinic is no longer accepting applicants for Spring 2021.

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

Recent Events and Announcements

September 2020: Surviving Election Season

Human rights technologist Sarah Aoun and Chris Garaffa from Trans Lifeline joined Citizen Clinic’s Steve Trush to discuss how the 2020 election season changes the security threats facing civil society organizations, even those not involved in political campaigns. Learn more.

February 2020: Citizen Clinic Seminar: Indigenous-led Security and Digital Safety

A panel discussion featuring Daniel Kobei of the Ogiek Peoples’ Development Programme (OPDP), a Kenya-based non-governmental organization working to support the rights of the indigenous Ogiek community; Jemimah Kerenge, Director of Enkishon Indigenous Initiative, which helps Maasai communities in Kenya to acquire social and economic equality; and Casey Box, Director of Land is Life, a global support organization for indigenous communities around the world. Learn more.

Partner With Us!

Are you part of a civil society organization looking for security support? Do you belong to an academic program wanting to incorporate public interest cybersecurity work? Do you work for a foundation looking to improve the security of your grantees? While Citizen Clinic supports a small number of organizations each semester, we would like to discuss your needs. Submit an interest form and we will follow up as soon as possible.