Internews’ Global Technology team works to address the most pressing digital security issues facing journalists, human rights defenders, and other at risk communities.
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 well-being.
INCREASING THREATS IN THE DIGITAL SPACE
Journalists, human rights defenders, and other at risk communities are facing increasing levels of threats in the digital space. Surveillance, device seizures, malicious software, and sophisticated phishing campaigns are being used to target these already vulnerable communities. Civil society activists, human rights defenders, and journalists lack local access to 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 has been 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 be able to connect directly with end users and the funds or resources to address usability barriers preventing tool adoption.
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 they are seeking capacity-aware, pragmatic next steps to address these needs.