Danielle Blunt is a sex worker, community organizer, public health researcher, and the cofounder of Hacking//Hustling, a collective of sex workers and accomplices working at the intersection of tech and social justice to interrupt state surveillance and violence facilitated by technology. Blunt leads community-based participatory research on sex work and equitable access to technology from a public health perspective. In addition to being a senior Civic Media Fellow at USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and on the advisory board of Berkman Klein’s Initiative for a Representative First Amendment (IfRFA), Blunt organizes cross-movement, sex-worker–led training for the abortion access movement with Digital Defense Fund. Blunt is a recipient of Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual award and Public Knowledge’s 20/20 Visionary Award for Future Tech Policy Leaders.
Amidst a historic year of anti-trans legislation and the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Danielle Blunt’s work focuses on how criminalized communities have adapted to shifting legal landscapes to organize online safely. Through publications, convenings, harm reduction digital security training, and community organizing to develop autonomous digital security working groups, Blunt aims to provide resources and strategies for resistance to collectives facing new—or increased—criminalization and surveillance.