Digital security and privacy


What has brought us together over the past year and a half is a wide-ranging and ever-increasing list of concerns about the project, not to mention growing frustration with a public engagement process that is unable to address these concerns effectively, given that it is led by and paid for by the company hoping to win “the big contract.”

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1Password for democracy

Free 1Password accounts for people working on behalf of democracy

Access Now

We defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining tech-driven policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, we fight for open and secure communications for all.

cat-icon 4 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA

Advocacy Assembly

Advocacy Assembly is the world's only free online training platform for human rights activists, campaigners and journalists, offering multimedia courses on data visualisation, data gathering and analysis, human rights documentation, journalism and media skills.

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Big Data from the South

The Big Data from the South Initiative is a space for theoretical and empirical exchange on the challenges of datafication and massive data collection as they unfold in the plurality of South(s) inhabiting our increasingly complex world.

Calyx Institute

The Calyx Institute's mission is to educate the public about privacy in digital communications and to develop and test building blocks that service providers can use to build "privacy by design" into their service offerings.

Center for Digital Resilience

Building resilient systems to keep civil society safe online


Círculo es una forma segura de compartir tu ubicación y estado con un grupo de amigos cercanos, familiares o colegas. Te ayuda a crear una red sólida de apoyo entre 6 personas

Cities Coalition for Digital Rights

We, the undersigned cities, formally come together to form the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, to protect and uphold human rights on the internet at the local and global level.

Citizen Lab Summer Institute

The Citizen Lab Summer Institute (CLSI) provides a unique opportunity to meet a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and advocates and develop new and exciting research that addresses pressing questions for the Internet.

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Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network

A collaborative that will provide an active, authoritative resource for municipal leaders to navigate emerging privacy issues, share practical guidance, and promote fair and transparent data practices

cat-icon MetroLab Network, 777 6th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, USA


The main goal of CiviCERT is to improve the incident response capabilities of NGOs, journalists and involved citizens all around the world.


Digital security training and resources in Colombia

cat-icon Colnodo, Diagonal 40a, Bogota, Colombia

Community Lab at Open Tech Fund

The Community Lab provides services that empower the community to become stronger and vibrant by focusing on cultivating deeper trust relationships, improving knowledge share and collaboration, and supporting and diversifying the next generation of leaders.

cat-icon 2025 M Street Northwest, Downtown, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Crypto Harlem

Free public workshops on privacy, anti-surveillance, and digital security for the people of Harlem NYC

cat-icon Harlem, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA


CryptoHarlem is a Digital Surveillance Clinic that has been meeting on a monthly basis since 2013 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. It is always open to the public and completely free of charge.

cat-icon Harlem, NY

Data Harm Record

The aim of this document is to provide a running record of ‘data harms’, harms that have been caused by uses of big data. The goal is to document and learn from where things have gone wrong.

Data Justice Lab

The Data Justice Lab examines the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice, highlighting the politics and impacts of data-driven processes and big data

cat-icon Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Data Privacy Day

An international effort to empower individuals and business to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

Data Transparency Lab

The main purpose of DTL is to support the development of software on data transparency & privacy

DEcentralised Citizen-owned Data Ecosystems (DECODE)

an experimental project to enable practical alternatives to how we manage our personal data and interact on the internet

Defend Our Movements

Defend Our Movements is a web based clearinghouse of the most up-to-date and useful information about protecting your devices and data—whether on the Internet, through cell phone communications, or in your home or office.


The Democratic Principles for an Open Internet have been primarily designed for citizens and civil society organizations in fragile and emerging democracies, who are new to the digital rights space, are beginning to engage more regularly online, and who may be more likely to encounter deliberate internet disruptions as a result of government interference.

Digital Attack Map

Digital Attack Map visualizes the most powerful DDoS attacks happening in the world right now

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Digital Defenders Partnership

DDP supports users under digital attack with emergency grants.

Digital Defense Fund

A top to bottom plan for getting your org up to best security practices.

Digital Democracy and Data Commons pilot

DECODE es un proyecto europeo que pretende dar respuesta a la preocupación de las personas sobre la pérdida de control de su información personal en Internet.

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Digital Integrity Fellowship

The Digital Integrity Fellowship Program (DIFP) provides fixed monthly stipends to individuals capable of addressing short-term and long-term threats to freedom of expression online.

cat-icon Washington D.C., DC, USA

Digital Rights Monopoly

Digital Rights Monopoly is a game that reflects core digital rights issues affecting youth in marginalized regions, and offers pathways to build a healthier internet in local communities.

Digital Security Exchange

Keeping U.S. civil society safe from digital attack is a free, lightweight platform where you can launch your (virtual) servers. It is funded by Open Technology Fund (OTF) to facilitate an easy accessible cloud infrastructure.


Protecting democratic elections through secure, verifiable voting

European Digital Rights

European Digital Rights (EDRi) is an association of civil and human rights organisations from across Europe. We defend rights and freedoms in the digital environment.

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Fundación Karisma

Organización de la sociedad civil que trabaja en la promoción de los derechos humanos en el mundo digital

cat-icon Transversal 22a #59-44, Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia

Gender and Technology Institutes

In partnerships with local and international organisations, each GTI has further developed specific facilitation methodologies and training contents addressing the risks, attacks and contexts faced by activist women in the region.

Gender and Technology Resources wiki

This wiki is dedicated to document initiatives around gender and tech, privacy and digital security that are organised by participants to the trainings and activities related to the program “Securing Online and Offline Freedoms for Women: Expression, Privacy and Digital Inclusion”.

Guardian Project

Guardian Project creates easy to use secure apps, open-source software libraries, and customized mobile devices that can be used around the world by any person looking to protect their communications and personal data from unjust intrusion, interception and monitoring.

ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection

The ICRC responds quickly and efficiently to help people affected by armed conflict. We also respond to disasters in conflict zones, because the effects of a disaster are compounded if a country is already at war.

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Incidental Emergency Grants

The Incidental Emergency Grants respond to urgent needs such as a website or email being hacked, or the theft or loss of sensitive data and equipment.

cat-icon 380 West Broadway, NY, New York 10012, USA

Information Controls Fellowship

The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration on topics related to repressive internet censorship and surveillance.

cat-icon United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest, Washington, DC, USA


Intra is an Android app that protects against DNS manipulation, making it easy to access blocked websites and apps and get safer access to the internet.

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How can technology make people in the world safer?

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Legal Lab at Open Tech Fund

This lab anticipates, assists with, and responds to various legal issues unique to internet freedom projects.

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Resources for the global digital safety training community.


Secure and private email service with collaboration suite.

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Martus was a free, open source, secure information collection and management tool that empowers these rights activists to be stronger in their fight against injustice and abuse.

cat-icon 480 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

Mission Billion Challenge

to surface practical and cost-effective solutions on ‘privacy by design’ features that can be embedded into digital identification systems and empowering users with their data.

cat-icon Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

MIT Privacy Legislation: Law and Technology

This course brings together engineering students from MIT with law students from Georgetown Law School to explore current issues in privacy policy and technology.

cat-icon M.I.T, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, USA

Mozilla Foundation

Established in 2003, guided by the Mozilla Manifesto, the Mozilla Foundation believes the Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible to all.

Netfreedom Pioneers

We are a technology nonprofit committed to inspire and bring positive social change to the world. We harness the medium of innovative, digital technology to promote education, learning, and empowerment - the building blocks to lasting change.

Netzpolitik ist eine Plattform für digitale Freiheitsrechte.

NYC Libraries Digital Safety program

NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security is a partnership between New York City’s three library systems and METRO, a library resources council serving NYC and Westchester County. With support from the City of New York Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the project will ensure that NYC residents can rely on public libraries for their questions about internet privacy and security.

cat-icon New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA


Obscuracam is a photo and video app for Android that keeps certain information private.


We aim to deliver user experiences that are easily embraced by people in their everyday life.

Open App Stack

Open App Stack allows you to simply manage your own cloud applications

Open Internet for Democracy

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) are facilitating an initiative to identify and promote internet norms and principles essential to democratic governance.

Open Tech Fund

SUPPORTING INTERNET FREEDOM WORLDWIDE Without Fear of Repressive Censorship or Surveillance.

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Open Tech Fund’s list of funders

OTF maintains a helpful list of alternate funding sources and services that support efforts relevant to the fields of Internet freedom, software development, journalism, and human rights.


OpenTrustwire is an open source secure file share system, that provides end-to-end-encryption and resists blocking, that is being developed by the Built Collective and Trustwire (a web-based E2EE file share solution).


Outline makes it easy for news organizations to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on their own server.

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Outline VPN offered in Zimbabwe

CITE in Zimbabwe and Code for Africa have partnered to make Outline from Jigsaw available to news organisations and CSOs. It means VPN can be rolled out on their own servers to connect to the internet and keep communication private and safe.

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Password Alert

Password Alert is a Chrome extension that alerts you if a website is trying to steal your password.

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We found over 300 companies around the world who use data to give political parties insights into who voters are, what they want to hear and how to persuade them


A collaborative tool to display data records on a map. Your data, Your control, Your options

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Project Defenders Sustainable Emergency Grants

Any NGO, human rights or media organisation that faces threats due to the work they are doing, can apply for this grant.

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Project Shield

Project Shield uses Google’s infrastructure to protect independent news sites from distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), a type of digital attack that exploits thousands or even millions of computers to overwhelm a website’s servers and take it offline.

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Psiphon is a free and open-source internet censorship circumvention tool that uses a combination of secure communication and obfuscation technologies, providing open access to the internet for millions of citizens around the world.

Public Interest Tech at the Royal Society of Arts Conference

Across six sessions on March 7, 2019, we’ll look at how public interest tech is already changing the way power is distributed and decisions are made across public policy, philanthropic organizations, and Silicon Valley board rooms.

cat-icon Moscone Center, Howard Street, San Francisco, CA, USA


Rarenet runs joint activities that aim to improve coordinated response, education and advocacy in cyber security threats affecting civil society and activism online.