Zoe Schiffer is a journalist based in Berkeley, California. Her work centers on the tech industry, with a focus on privacy and surveillance. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014, she worked as a writer for companies like Uber and IDEO, and contributed to The Huffington Post. Most recently, she worked at the East Bay’s independent news site, Berkeleyside.
SAN FRANCISCO — At 9 a.m. on a recent Saturday, dozens of young, African-American women, ages 13 to 17, stood in a line outside a tall, glass-plaited building to learn the complexities of bitcoin — a digital currency with a market that’s worth more than $100 billion. The event was part of Black Girls Code, a nonprofit groups that teaches technology and coding skills to African American girls.