She is a technologist and network security expert, analyst, and consultant whose actions showed the world that the conscience of individuals can make urgent change through courage and determination. She is also a transparency activist, an author, a DJ, and a public speaker.
She lectures to draw attention to the social, technological, and economic ramifications of artificial intelligence, and the practical applications of machine learning. She is a vocal advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights as @xychelsea on Twitter and through her op-ed columns for The Guardian and the The New York Times.
As of 2021, Manning works as a security consultant for Nymtech, specializing in questions of privacy, security, and hardware optimization. Her experiences revealing U.S. human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and her subsequent incarceration and trials, among other stories, are fully documented in Chelsea’s 2022 memoir ‘ReadMe.txt’ from Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux.