WHAT WE DO
Internews tackles the most pressing digital security issues facing journalists, human rights defenders, and other at risk groups around the world.
By fostering a global digital security community for civil society and equipping individuals and organizations with the tools and knowledge to defend themselves against targeted attacks, we empower our partners to operate safely in an increasingly dangerous online environment.
Protection for One, Protection for All
Increase threat sharing among at-risk communities
As increasingly sophisticated digital attacks from advanced threat actors grow in scale, the need for targeted groups to coordinate in order to identify and defend against them is critical. Internews builds alliances between community and cybersecurity partners to track and share information about emerging threats and effective responses. We leverage security expertise in the private sector and human rights community - from threat researchers to intrusion detection software - redirecting support to highly targeted civil society.
+ ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND CENSORSHIP
Around the world, governments and other actors are working to restrict access to information online. Advanced censorship techniques are being used to prevent individuals, organizations, and communities from accessing information critical to their work, health, and general wellbeing.
+ INCREASING THREATS IN THE DIGITAL SPACE
Journalists, human rights defenders, and other at risk communities face a growing number of increasingly sophisticated threats in the digital space. Surveillance, device seizures, malicious software, and sophisticated phishing campaigns are used to target these already vulnerable communities, who lack access to local, trusted digital security experts who can provide hands-on technical assistance and capacity building.
+ LOW ADOPTION OF PRIVACY AND SECURITY TOOLS
The widespread adoption and uptake of digital security tools is limited by complex design and functionality. Tools that are difficult to understand and navigate are less likely to be used by high-risk communities that need them most. Many open source privacy and security tool developers lack the proper networks to connect directly with end users and the funds or resources to address usability barriers preventing tool adoption.
+ LACK OF ORGANIZATIONAL SECURITY
Without sustainable, local support, the risks for small scale civil society organizations and independent media houses operating in internet repressive environments increases, while freedom of expression and the ability to hold the government accountable retracts. Many organizations struggle to identify the risks they face and need capacity-aware and pragmatic steps to adopt long-term, transformative security practices.