The Cybersecurity 202: Tech workers were stunned by Trump’s victory. Now they’re helping Democratic campaigns.


Voter privacy screens sit on a table at a polling station in Davenport, Iowa, on June 5. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Good morning! I’m Cat Zakrzewski, a tech policy reporter at the Washington Post. I’ll be at the helm of The Cybersecurity 202 these next few weeks. If you can’t get enough of Post newsletters, sign up here for my forthcoming newsletter, The Technology 202. You won’t want to miss our daily analysis on the complex relationship between Washington and Silicon Valley, coming to your inbox in December.

Democratic campaigns are not just turning to tech workers because of their deep pockets. After a wide-ranging Russian hacking campaign exposed poor cybersecurity practices during the 2016 election, they’re seeking out techies’ expertise this time around.

Two groups — Ragtag and DigiDems — launched in the aftermath of the 2016 election to help campaigns connect with tech-savvy volunteers or full-time organizers. Many

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