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Digital Security and Privacy for Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders are increasingly using computers and the Internet in their work. Although access to technology remains a challenge, electronic means of storing and communicating information are increasing among human rights organisations. Governments are also developing the capacity to manipulate, monitor and subvert electronic information. Surveillance and censorship is growing and the insecurity of digitally stored or communicated information is becoming a major problem for human rights defenders in some countries. In response to requests from human rights defenders for support in this area Front Line has developed a manual on Digital Security and Privacy. In collaboration with the Tactical Technology Collective, Front Line has also developed a package of tools and training materials called the "NGO in a Box; Security Edition" and the "Video on NGO in a Box Security Edition". Front Line has also organised training workshops for human rights defenders with experts in the field of digital security in Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Jordan (for Iraq and Syria) Russia (also for Central Asia), Tunisia (for the Middle East region), United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

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