Internet Freedom And Digital Security
CREATING AN INTERNET CENTERED IN RACE, CASTE, AND GENDER EQUITY
In the fight for caste, race, and gender equity the battleground is stark when it comes to Internet freedom. As South Asian religious and cultural minorities, we are the targets of online harassment and bullying by both white and Hindu supremacists as we come online for the first time.
As a result, Equality Labs has several projects that look at the digital rights, freedom of information, and digital resiliency of our communities. To that end, we train people in digital security, build secure technology, and participate in policy battles. We believe that in this holistic convergence of practices that we can build an internet that centers race, caste, and gender equity.
We believe resistance begins with understanding how we can organize safely, and protect ourselves and our communications. We must also keep one another close; the strongest defense against surveillance is a collective one rooted in community, self-care and accountability. Our trainings present immediate, common-sense measures to help activists learn how to protect each other and their movements.
We have witnessed the rolling back of civil liberties by authorities that limit or even outlaw the right to protest. We’ve also seen people respond en masse against dictatorial rule with much success.
Digital security will not end repression on its own. But people must use it to guard data and collective strategies that aid the process of fighting repression. For where the law has failed in protecting our privacy rights, digital and operational security practices can help us defend them.
When it comes to digital security and privacy, we need to adopt a holistic approach. If you are conducting non-secure communications across borders, you may be putting your contacts or even yourself at risk. It's important to have constructive conversations with people in your national or international movements who do not have routines around digital security.
Our training will help you make informed decisions about how to protect yourselves and your partners online, reduce harmful levels of surveillance and navigate new risks as they arise. While there can never be a silver bullet solution to surveillance, we believe being informed about what tools to use and knowing your rights can help you feel safer as you organize. We can guide you through that process. Think of it as harm reduction for the digital organizer!
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