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.