Digital Security and Privacy Manual for Human Rights Defenders

This book is an introduction to the ever growing and complex world of electronic security. It is intended for human rights defenders and seeks to raise their level of knowledge about computers and the Internet. It also warns of different risks they may face in the digital environment and tells them how to deal with them. Alongside elements of theory, it offers possible solutions to some problems of computer and Internet security.

The manual is divided into four parts which can be read in any order. The reader does not require any special expertise, although some basic knowledge of computer and Internet operations would come handy. The First Section is about understanding one’s security needs and vulnerabilities. It describes a non-technical approach to the digital environment. A method of mapping the threats, posed by a particular situation, is offered to help decide on the strategies for implementing privacy and security solutions. The Second Section lists various elements of computer and Internet security. It introduces the reader to computer operations and Internet infrastructure. Methods of securing data, bypassing Internet censorship and protecting oneself against malicious attacks are explained in detail. The Third Section is a summary of worldwide legislation to restrict and monitor information flow and communications. The Fourth Section drafts possible scenarios for human rights defenders and their organisations of dealing with problems of electronic insecurity and ensuring continuation of their work.

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