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New guide for environmental rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa

We're excited to announce the release of a new digital security guide,
Digital Security Tools and Tactics for Environmental Rights Defenders
in Sub-Saharan Africa

This is part of the series of 'Community Focus' guides based on Tactical
Tech and Front Line Defenders 'Security in-a-Box' toolkit.

The Guide is available online:

and as a PDF:

Challenges and threats
Due to the nature of their work, environmental rights defenders often
challenge the powerful economic interests of states or multi-national
companies, which can lead them to face severe threats.

With this in mind, since 2012 Tactical Tech has been collaborating with
environmental rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa to carry out
research, raise awareness and build digital security skills among the

This Guide was written in collaboration with, and specifically for,
this community.

What's in the Guide
In addition to an overview of security basics, the Guide focuses on
topics that are likely to be especially relevant, including:

  • how to assess your digital security risks
  • how to protect your evidence
  • how to use your smartphone more securely
  • how to make a a distress call in emergencies

Please pass this on to your networks (or if you know of any
organisations or individuals that you think would benefit from it,
please send a mail to lisa[at]

Image from Chapter 7: How to make a distress call in emergencies