Madison Vialpando

See Madison discuss the Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project‘s “Bad Apple” website, for which she is a major contributor, and learn how to sift through Internal Affairs reports and enter them into our Bad Apple Database. She will also explain how you can help out finding Police Oversight Commissions for our Bad Apple Oversight Lookup database. At Approximately 10:20 am – at this year’s online event on November 13th.


Madison Vialpando (@madisonvialpan2) is a Computer Science graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2019 and 2020 , she worked as a student researcher and intern with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Threat Lab, compiling data on law enforcement technology along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In her undergraduate studies she also conducted a research project focused on cybersecurity vulnerabilities in law enforcement agencies. As a graduate student, Madison seeks to research ways that we can improve the field of computer science by stressing privacy in technology design. She is a privacy advocate and is always looking for new opportunities to scrutinize law enforcement and corporate surveillance.

See a video of Madison’s talk from Aaron Swartz Day 2020:

“When Cops Get Hacked: Lessons (Un)Learned from a Decade of Law Enforcement Breaches”

Journalism school graduate Madison Vialpando has been working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to build a dataset compiling all the ransomware, DDOS attacks, physical data theft, and servers and surveillance technologies exposed online. In this talk, she will explain how the dataset works, the trends revealed by the data, some of the most interesting case studies, and whether law enforcement is actually learning anything from these incidents.

November 13, 2021 (Online)