Digital security in human rights
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: _
A background paper by Tactical Tech's director Stephanie Hankey:Reflecting on ten years of practice: The challenges of digital security training for human rights defenders
Study #1: Digital security in context - learning how human rights defenders adopt digital security practices As technology becomes increasingly fundamental to the work of many human rights defenders, a parallel expansion can be observed in the digital threats they face. This study explores how human rights defenders learn in the training room and beyond, as well as what barriers they face in doing so amid shifting socio-political and -technological contexts.
_Study #2: _**Digital security trainers’ practices and observations **This study documents trainers' perspectives on how human rights defenders' individual and collective needs are met through current models of digital security training.
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 (apc.org), 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.)