How to Increase Digital Security for Activists Around the World

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Around the world, grassroots activists are utilizing the World Wide Web and an array of digital tools for their advocacy and fundraising work. At the same time, mass media is frequently owned and/or influenced by business and political interests seeking to drive their particular agenda. These powerful actors, whether they be “Big Data” advertising conglomerates tracking a web surfer’s every more to government spy agencies tracking their country’s subversive activists, utilize powerful “Big Data”, Management software for such purposes. Even more insidious, repressive regimes around the world use a host of tools to surveil, track, target and hurt grass-roots activists. The closing space of Civil Society is real and the risks can be even greater.

What can activists do to protect themselves?

Join Teplitsa, Techsoup and +SocialGood for this important conversation on “security and activism” on June 15, 2016 at 7 am PT, 10 am ET and 4 pm CET.

We will ask critical questions and hopefully offer up some answers.

Questions and topics to examine:

  • How can NGOs best utilize technology, innovation, and new software tools while still protecting their privacy and security?
  • Why is digital security an important piece of building a secure infrastructure for civil society?
    • Has your NGO ever been hacked?
      • Are you aware of counter-measure to protect yourself?
  • What are the largest threats against this security?
    • Do you use encryption? How? Why?
  • What role do leading technology corporations have in supporting digital security?
  • How can organizations like Teplitsa, TechSoup and +SocialGood and other leading “connector” and “third sector” organizations help facilitate the exchange of best practices, do’s and don’ts, things to avoid and other successful strategies around digital security?
    • How does digital security tie into grassroot efforts to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
    • What are the security risks unique to global health, climate and energy, girls and women, or US-UN relations?
    • How can we spread the digital security awareness in the third sector? 
  • What are the current cutting edge developments and innovation that can make civil society more secure? 

Teplitsa (Greenhouse) – Technologies for Social Good – is an educational project aiming to develop co-operation between non-profit sector and IT-specialists. Teplitsa’s mission – to develop culture of civic applications by informing about new technologies that can benefit society, increasing network connectivity between civil society actors, bridging the gap between activists and IT-specialists and improving the quality and efficiency of services provided by NGOs. Helping NGOs with ICT for the last 4 years, Teplitsa (Greenhouse) – Technologies for Social Good is an innovative organization that obtains significant experience and expertise on technical assistance for NGOs. @TeplitsaST

Serving 127 countries, TechSoup is an international network of 62 NGOs that leverages technology to build nonprofit capacity and help solve social problems locally and globally. @TechSoup

+SocialGood has over 40,000 fans, followers, and members, representing over 140 countries. It’s an international community where digital innovators, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, change makers, and global citizens come together to share world-changing ideas and catalyze action. The online community platform empowers the new, connected generation to work together to find, develop, share, and advocate for solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. @plus_socialgood