March 2, 2021

Founder of craigslist Renews Support: Second Year of Funding Expands Cybersecurity Defense for Non Profits by UC Berkeley Students

For the second consecutive year, Craig Newmark Philanthropies has funded Citizen Clinic, a groundbreaking program at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). This first-of-its-kind program trains UC Berkeley students to provide digital security assistance to activists, journalists, and advocacy organizations who may be subjected to phishing,…

January 20, 2021

CLTC Report: An Evaluation of Online Security Guides for Journalists

This report, “An Evaluation of Online Security Guides for Journalists,” posits that a key reason why journalists do not take sufficient action to protect themselves online is that there is an overwhelming amount of security advice on the internet, most of which is difficult for journalist-readers to understand or translate into practice, and difficult for the guides’ authors to keep up to date. Authored by Kristin Berdan, a fellow at the Citizen Clinic and research fellow at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, the paper is based upon an analysis that included a review of 33 online security guides available on the public internet that are geared toward journalists. The paper concludes with recommendations to make guides and security education of journalists overall more effective.

August 26, 2020

Citizen Clinic leaders talk security on “The Edge” podcast

A recent episode of The Edge, a podcast produced by California magazine (and the Cal Alumni Association), showcased the work of the Citizen Clinic, through which UC Berkeley students help organizations with limited resources to defend themselves online.  

June 3, 2020

New Report: Digital Safety Technical Assistance at Scale

“Digital Safety Technical Assistance at Scale,” a report by Sean Brooks, Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity’s Citizen Clinic program, explores the opportunities and challenges of expanding the digital safety technical assistance resources available to civil society organizations. The report draws in part upon lessons learned from the first two years of operating Citizen Clinic, a first-of-its-kind program that engages interdisciplinary teams of UC Berkeley students to provide digital safety services to politically targeted civil society organizations.

February 25, 2020

Video: Indigenous-led Security and Digital Safety

On February 11, 2020, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity hosted 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.

December 3, 2019

“CLTC Bulletin” Live on Medium

CLTC has launched a new “publication” on Medium, the popular blogging platform. Designed to be a more informal outlet for our communications, the CLTC Bulletin features news, research and opinions from CLTC staff and researchers. Check it out at https://medium.com/cltc-bulletin.

September 18, 2019

Kristin Berdan Joins CLTC as Fellow

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is pleased to announce that Kristin Berdan will be joining our team as a Fellow. Kristin most recently served as lead cybersecurity counsel at Google. As a CLTC Fellow, Kristin will bring her rich experience to CLTC’s Citizen Clinic, which trains UC Berkeley students to help politically targeted organizations defend themselves against online threats. We asked her a few questions about her past work and her goals in working with CLTC.

May 14, 2019

Citizen Clinic Students Present Spring 2019 Final Projects

On May 9, three teams of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines—including computer science, information management, economics, and law—delivered final presentations about their work with Citizen Clinic, an initiative launched within the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity to provide technical assistance to organizations that are vulnerable to cyberattacks for political…

February 25, 2019

CLTC and Citizen Clinic Present Webinar on “Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations”

On February 19, Sean Brooks, CLTC Research Fellow and Director of the Citizen Clinic, presented a webinar entitled “Cybersecurity in Low-Risk Organizations: Understanding Your Risk and Making Practical Improvements.” A total of 140 people participated in the session, which was presented in collaboration with TechSoup. In the webinar, Brooks introduced basic…

October 24, 2018

CLTC Launches Cybersecurity “Citizen Clinic”

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity has launched a new public interest cybersecurity clinic dedicated to providing services to politically vulnerable organizations—including media outlets, human rights groups, and non-government organizations—that are at risk of cyberattacks. Similar to public-interest clinics in law and medicine, the “Citizen Clinic” will train teams of students to provide assistance to organizations that face online threats from governments, hate groups, and other politically motivated adversaries.