Hacking//Hustling is a collective of sex workers and allies working at the intersection of technology and social justice formed in response to SESTA-FOSTA (The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act). Hacking//Hustling started as a partnership with Eyebeam to host A Platform for Sex Workers in a Post-SESTA World — a 2-day event consisting of a panel discussion of sex workers followed by peer-led, harm-reduction tech programming.

Coming from backgrounds of public health, data science, community organizing, technology and social justice, our team of researchers, Kate Zen of Data Automatica, Daly Barnett of t4tech, Danielle Blunt of CUNY School of Public Health, and Ingrid Burrington of Data and Society, with advisement from Melissa Gira Grant, are working to create partnerships with tech institutions and begin to shift power to the people who are most impacted by poorly designed technology.

Our efforts also include peer-led participatory action research collecting data on the impact of SESTA-FOSTA, creating a digital archive in the wake of sex worker history and resources that have been erased from the web. Our organizers have spoken and given trainings and consulted at organizations such as at Data & Society, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, EFF, Legal Aid Society, Seeding Change, Bluestockings, and Tactical Tech.

Hacking//Hustling is a space for digital rights advocates, journalists, and allied communities to come learn from sex workers and better understand the developing effects of SESTA on internet freedom for all. This organization was formed with the belief that sex workers are the experts of their own experience and an internet that is safe for sex workers, is an internet that is safe for almost everyone.