Digital Security in Context: Learning how human rights defenders adopt digital security practices

This study looks at the direct experiences of human rights defenders both in the training room and afterwards. It was initially conceived as an opportunity to examine what key factors influence or improve the uptake of digital security practices by human rights defenders in order to increase the long-term effectiveness of trainings. This emerged from a broad awareness within the training community that time and again tool usage and digital security practices by participants either dropped off some months after a training or were not successfully integrated into their working practices to begin with. Although many theories around the reasons for this existed, closer examination of why was required.

This image and the others used on this site were created as part of a training exercise during the Security in Context study. Participants, who were human rights defenders and advocates, were asked to draw how they perceived the internet.