Digital Security First Aid Kit for Human Rights Defenders

Association for Progressive Communications. 2014. Digital Security First Aid Kit for Human Rights Defenders, available at https://www.apc.org/en/irhr/digital-security-first-aid-kit

Digital security First Aid Kit: a kit devised  for those using the  internet to campaign  for social  justice  in the community.
The  internet  being  the  transformative  public  space  that  it is  can  be  used  to  facilitate social  justice  and  participatory  political  processes  by  the  public.  This  space  is  also  political,  gendered, complicated, biased, increasingly surveyed, policed, and a  space most women human rights defenders and sexual  rights  activists  face  violence.  This  is  why  it  is important, the  authors  argue, to  have  strategies  and tools  that  enable  people  to  be  safe  and  to  use  digital  tools  and  spaces  creatively  and  confidently.  The  kit includes  thirteen  sections  that  people  can  use  to  get  resources  and  information  when  faced  with  different challenges in the digital space in the course of their activism. These sections address such issues as how to handle  sensitive  data;  hijacked  emails  and  accounts;  hacked  website  or  blog;  online  abuse;  sending encrypted  emails;  erasing  digital  footprints;  securing  mobile  device  communication;  and  access  to  a blocked  website  anonymously.  The  kit  is  an  important tool  in  an  increasingly  digitalized  society  and  it  is written  for  computer  non-experts  which  makes  it  accessible to  anybody  including  activists,  students  and researchers.

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