digital security

Mohammed Maskati: "Digital security is still considered something cool and fancy and not taken seriously"

TUNIS 5 October 2016 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

APCNews spoke with Mohammed al-Maskati, a renowned Bahraini human rights defender and digital security consultant for Front Line Defenders, during the recent Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (IGMENA) Summit in Tunis.

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Digital safety in context: Perspectives on digital security training and human rights realities in the Arab world

20 May 2016 (APC)

During 2011, in the period dubbed the “Arab Spring”, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Since then, it has also become a space for oppression of activism and dissent. This research aims to highlight the links between the efforts of digital security trainings in the region with the human rights realities, focusing on two case studies: Morocco and Palestine.

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"Strong encryption should remain legal": Some notes on the IGF by Michel Lambert from Alternatives


Michel Lambert at the 2015 IGFMichel Lambert at the 2015 IGFThe Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a unique multistakeholder forum which allows civil society organisations to discuss with the public and private sectors on policy issues related to internet governance.

Feminist practice of digital security in MENA


A cornerstone of APC’s work is to enable communities and social movements to use ICTs to transform the world into a better place. Women’s movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have long recognised the power of ICTs as platforms for advocacy and organising – effectively shifting the power dynamics between information creators, owners and users.

Our Right to Safety: Publication addresses women human rights defenders’ approach to protection

NEW YORK 11 March 2014 (Inmaculada Barcia for AWID)

AWID, in collaboration with members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments and regional and international human rights bodies. The publication includes a specific section addressing digital security and freedom of expression issues.

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Digital security training for WHRDs in Istanbul

ISTANBUL 5 April 2013 (Jennifer Radloff for APCNews)

From 19 to 22 March 2013 Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) met in Istanbul for a Training of Trainers workshop on digital security. Participants were selected by the WHRD International Coalition. With increasing online threats to the freedom of expression and association and because they are women, WHRDs face many unique threats online that can hinder their activism.

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Wearing a digital condom: Staying safe online

Do you know how to use your web browser in a secure manner? What is the benefit of adding that “s” after http? Are you aware of the security features on the email you use? What sensitive data do you keep about you or your community, and what would people have access to if your computer, laptop or mobile phone was stolen?

Passwords: Your first line of defence

A password is your first line of defence – for your computer, email, and information. So firstly, make sure your computer is password protected (under the ‘admin’ account option), so your prying brother doesn’t get his hands on that flyer for the new weekly queer event. Or those letters from your lover.

Now in Spanish: Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders

MONTREAL 11 March 2013 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign just released a long-awaited Spanish version of its “Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders.” Now a completely bilingual resource for human rights defenders, the interactive website publication is available in Spanish at

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