SHOWCASE November 23, 2018

Digital Security for Human Rights Defenders

In the past decade, the online space through the Internet has become a vital platform for activists, advocates, and human rights defenders in getting their voices heard. The use of the internet to tackle issues concerning human rights, meaningful participation in political processes, or raise awareness on relevant social issues has increasingly applied as a form of advocacy. However, engaging in the digital world will leave a digital identity which has certain risks such as infringement of privacy, surveillance, hacking, identity theft, among others. Some digital security method will need to be taken by human rights defenders to ensure their safety and confidentiality. 

The concept of Digital Security for Human Rights Defenders was introduced in APCOM’s latest video product. Digital security for Human Rights Defenders is an approach to protect individuals and organisations against the risks of using the Internet. It includes the use of tools to secure identity, data, information, property and other assets in the online and mobile world.

The video will provide information and ways to improve digital security of LGBT human rights defenders by providing tips on both hardware and software level to prevent hacking and tracking of their activities by violent perpetrators such as malware or phishing. It also suggests some practices on protecting data, back up and set up to further enhance the security on the organization level.

This video shall target LGBT individuals and organizations who use online platforms, such as social media websites (Facebook, Twitter, etc..) in raising awareness on SOGIE and human rights. This video also targets those who conduct online activities as part of their advocacy for LGBT’s human rights, equality and policy change.

Digital Security for Human Rights Defender is a product of APCOM and consultant under the  Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA) which aims to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to HIV of men who have sex with men (MSM), hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) in seven countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Save the Children-Nepal is the principal recipient of the programme, while APCOM is the regional sub-recipient for the implementation of the MSA programme.

Watch the video below: