The Rise Of Female Hackers For Good

UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 23:  This shows the machine room in hut 6 of Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, the British forces' intelligence centre during WWII. The cryptographers at Bletchley Park deciphered top-secret communiques between Hitler and his armed forces. These communiques were encrypted in the 'enigma' code which the Germans considered unbreakable, but the codebreakers at Bletchley cracked the code with the help of 'Bombe' machines. Colossus, the world's first electronic programmable computer, decoded the even more sophisticated Lorenz code, and so aided the Allies? victory.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) On May 23, 2015, hackers from 19 countries gathered online and in person for Femhack, a grassroots international feminist hackathon inspired by the life and work of Sabeen Mahmud. Passionate about civic technology, Mahmud started Pakistan’s first hackathon. Her efforts were not without controversy, and Mahmud paid for her activism with her life in April 2015. Read More

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