Digital security in human rights

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May 2016

The Digital Security in Human Rights project is made up of two related research projects, carried out over a two-year period, which look at how human rights defenders learn about and adopt digital security practices.

Working in digital security training for over a decade now, we have now stepped back to document the mechanics of digital security training and the contexts in which human rights defenders encounter it.

_On the DIGITAL SECURITY IN HUMAN RIGHTS homepage, you'll find, along with an introduction: _


  • Selected findings from this research project were published in Fibreculture Journal: Privacy, Responsibility, and Human Rights Activism, Becky Kazansky. The Fibreculture Journal, Issue 26 2015 : Entanglements – Activism and Technology.

  • BACKGROUND RESEARCHIn 2012-2013 we started evaluating standard practices in digital security training, as well as thinking about the complexities of measuring impact across the variety of geopolitical and socio-cultural contexts that our human rights defender partners work in. To this end, we published two papers: 1. Rethinking Risk and Security of Human Rights Defenders in the Digital Age. Stephanie Hankey and Daniel Ó Clunaigh, Tactical Technology Collective. In Journal of Human Rights Practice, Oxford University Press, 2013. 2. Supporting LGBTI human rights defenders in the digital age. Daniel O' Clunaigh. Feminist Africa journal, Association for Progressive Communcations (, January 2014.

(The image above was created as part of a training exercise during the study. Participants were asked to draw how they perceive the internet.)