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The DIG/SEC initiative - located in Kampala, Uganda - was founded with the purpose of enhancing the capacity of at-risk Grassroots journalists, activists, and other HRDs to overcome digital security and safety challenges they face daily while doing their work. We do this through skills building, mentorship, and providing much needed tech-support.
We strive to enhance the capacity of at-risk Grassroots HRDs to overcome digital security and safety challenges through engaging in activites like digital security mentorship, providing tech support, and timely response to digital security emergencies faced by the human rights community.
We envision a community of empowered human rights defenders, journalists, and activists with the right tools, skills, and techniques needed to defend themselves against any digital security and safety challenges that hinders them from doing their very important work.
Our overall goal is to ensure that we reach out to as many Grassroots human rights defenders, journalists, and activists as possible through our different programs and activities. This will involve specifically reaching out to those working with at-risk communities and are often under-supported.
Are you a Grassroots HRD, journalist, or activist? Are you faced with a Digital Security Incident? Whether it's Account Hacking, Malware Attack, Device Problems, or Email and Website Issues, Our team is here to help.
Most of the human rights organizations in the communities we work in are small and do no have the capacity and resources to setup well-equipped IT departments. This limits their ability to respond to IT incidents & emergencies in a timely manner. At DIG/SEC initiative we provide such organizations with Tech Support like device set-ups, software installation & updates, etc.
Our Digital Security SOS Helpline responds to digital security incidents and emergencies faced by human rights defenders, journalists, and activists around East Africa. Often times, these people do not have the capacity to respond and fully contain threats like malware attacks, compromised systems & accounts, and loss or theft of devices containing sensitive information.
Armed with the right digital security skills, human rights defenders, journalists, and activists are able to work in a safe and secure environment. However, most of these people are vulnerable to digital attacks because they lack the capacity to overcome them. We engage with human rights organizations to enhance the capacity of their staff through and mentorship.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, HRDs, journalists, and activists are experiencing increased digital security threats. phishing, malware attacks, increased cases of online violence, cyber-stalking, bullying, and sexual harassment against women are some of the few reported. To protect yourself from these threats, check out this guide from Frontline Defenders on how to work safely from home.
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P.O Box 27857, Kampala (Uganda)
+256 701 384 761
DIG/SEC 'SOS' Helpline