Links to online digital security tools, guides, training curriculums and research for media development organizations wanting to protect journalists and activists.
Getting up to speed and keeping-up-to-date
Here are the go-to organizations for the latest information, policy, background papers and research on digital threats and how to combat them.
• Tactical Technology Collective
• Electronic Frontier Foundation
• Digital Defenders Partnership
• Frontline Defenders
• Access Now
Digital security research, studies & surveys
# Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues, UNESCO (2016)
Essential reading for keeping up with the latest threats, this study analyzes and explains the 12 main digital threats to journalism, from hacking of journalistic communications to Denial-of-Service attacks on media websites.
# Journalist Security in the Digital World: A Survey – Are We Using the Right Tools?, CIMA (2016)
Because it's essential to know your users before implementing a project, this survey of how working journalists around the world are (or aren't) using available tools is recommended reading.
# Human rights and encryption, UNESCO (2016)
Sets out why encryption is important to human rights in the media and communications field and makes policy recommendations.
# Cybersecurity Policy for Human Rights Defenders (2016)
Good overview of the main issues surrounding cybersecurity, along with the stakeholders and organizations, presented in an easy-to-read format.
# Women Journalist's Digital Security (PDF), Article 19 & Association of Media Women in Kenya (2016)
This study surveys the online dangers and threats faced by women journalists in Kenya and recommends possible interventions to curb these threats, giving important insight into some of the issues facing women journalists in Africa.
Digital security tools & guides
# Surveillance Self-Defense, Electronic Frontier Foundation
This regularly updated online resource offers a great diversity of tools, tutorials and briefings for anyone wanting to defend themselves from surveillance. The easy to understand step-by-step guides and screenshots means that even those with limited technical skills can use it.
# Security in-a-Box
Available in 18 languages, Security in-a-Box has a wealth of online tools and resources, covering a vast array of topics from staying safe on social networks to how to encrypt your email.
# Digital security for freelance journalists, Rory Peck Trust (last updated July 2016)
Articles walk you through how to assess your threats and be more secure depending on how you do your work and the technology you work with.
# Security Auditing Framework and Evaluation Template for Advocacy Groups (SAFETAG)
Created with small non-profits in the developing world in mind, the framework helps at-risk organizations in the developing world identify risks and steps to take to address them.
# A First Look at Digital Security (PDF), Access Now
An easy-to-understand booklet presenting different digital security scenarios to help people identify what they might have to protect in the digital world.
# Email Encryption Guide, Access Now
Help to get you set up with encrypted email
# Digital First Aid Kit (PDF), Digital Defenders
This kit offers a set of self-diagnostic tools for human rights defenders and journalists facing attacks themselves, as well as providing guidelines for digital first responders to assist a person under threat.
# Information Security for Journalists, Center for Investigative Journalism (latest version May 2016)
This handbook is a practical tool for journalists, particularly investigative reporters. It's divided into sections (e.g., data, email, phone and voice calls) and each section discusses low and high risk activities, and what you can do to lower the risk.
Resources for digital security trainers
# LevelUp, Riseup (last updated June, 2016)
Online digital security training resources divided into a series of modules. Each module is broken into goals, activities, possible discussions and more. Filled with excellent ideas that go beyond the nuts and bolts of security training!
# Training Curriculum, Tactical Tech (regularly updated)
Fantastic resource with modules (31 at last count) on digital security training, broken down into small, well-explained steps and activities along with estimates of how long each module takes to teach.
# SaferJourno, InterNews (2014)
Available in English and Spanish, SaferJourno provides lesson plans for six different modules: assessing risks, basic protection, mobile phone safety, keeping data safe, researching securely and protecting email. Keep in mind though that it hasn't been updated since 2014.