Matt Goerzen is a researcher at Data & Society, where he’s establishing a cohesive framework for discussing media vulnerabilities by importing terms-of-craft from computer security research. In 2016 he received an MA in Communications Studies, after a course of study with anthropologist Gabriella Coleman at McGill University. His thesis, “Critical Trolling,” advances a politically-neutral definition of trolling, before tracing the involved techniques back from early-internet gray hat hacking communities through to the pre-internet artistic avant-garde. Ultimately, it examines an emerging class of contemporary artist trolls who function in a decidedly liberal, “critical” mode, and differentiates them from the subcultural trolls common to communities like 4chan. Goerzen received a BFA from Concordia University and a BJ (Bachelor of Journalism) from Carleton University.
Data & SocietyWearing Many Hats: the Rise of the Professional Security Hacker chronicles the largely untold history of the hacker-turned-professional. Through this seminal work, researchers Matt Goerzen and Gabriella Coleman collaborate to c... Read moreJanuary 2022
Logic MagazineHackers helped invent the field of computer security. Their ideas can help us revamp it for a new era. Read on Logic MagazineMay 2020
UsenixMatt Goerzen, Elizabeth Watkins, and Gabrielle Lim propose the new framework, "sociotechnical security." Read on UsenixAugust 2019
FATESMatt Goerzen and Jeanna Matthews connect the practices of trolling and hacking. Read on FATESDecember 2018