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Digital Safety, Opportunity and Citizenship

Digital Safety

Across the globe, we are witnessing the coming-of-age of digitally enabled generations who are leveraging technology to amplify their opportunities and well-being. Digital rewards are especially significant for newly connected users —  women, youth, and smaller civil society groups — who are active users of social media. These groups use of digital tools is not matched by knowledge on how to control them. Ordinary people are exposed to significant digital risk — from cybercriminals, blackmailers and others.  Many end up on the digital front line due to a marked form of digital “dependencia” — a deep reliance on the technological knowledge of others. These vulnerabilities have grave consequences — ranging from individual harm (e.g., blackmail) through to the endangerment of entire social networks and workplaces.

SecDev Foundation supports deeply tailored and highly responsive programmes to help women, youth and smaller civil society organizations understand their real digital vulnerabilities, and enhanced their digital resilience. We aim to enable new generations of  Digital Citizens to protect themselves, their information and networks online.

Digital Economy and Citizenship

The internet is the backbone of the global digital economy —  a powerful catalyst for innovation, economic growth and social well-being. Communities and countries seeking to unlock their economic potential and innovation, require an engaged and literate digital citizenry.  Governments are recognizing that the pathway to future prosperity is digital, and skilled Digital Citizens are the key.

Governments are also concerned about security. Governments are responsible for community security and public safety. Regulation aimed at reasonable  controls over cyberspace and social media are universal. Criminals and terrorists do use the Internet. Extremism and hate speech are spread through social media. Children, women and vulnerable groups are targeted, hurt and exploited online, often with serious ‘offline’ consequences.  Rule-making is necessary to ensure that the norms and protections of public safety extend into cyberspace.

Getting this balance right between openness and security is difficult, but is imperative for future economic well-being. And unlocking the potential of the digital economy requires many voices to be heard at the public policy table:  industry, academics, civil society organizations, social and economic entrepreneurs. All have a vested interest and contribution in local, regional and national efforts to shape their respective digital economic futures.

SecDev Foundation is a trusted partner for facilitating multi-stakeholder policy engagements — based on sound local research and knowledge and comparative international best practice — that assists stakeholders in navigating the complex issues and tradeoffs, and making smarter  decisions for more prosperous futures.

Our Projects

#HackingConflict

‘Social media can be used to power civil resistance in nonviolent movements that seek to end oppression and bloodshed” – Patrick Meier, iRevolution.net For more information about this event, visit the official website. Social media, big data, the Internet. They have changed the world. They have changed conflict. Revolutions are tweeted. Information is warfare. Citizen journalists...
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SalamaTech

The SalamaTech Project builds the capacity of Syrian civil society to communicate safely online. The internet matters in Syria. Syrian local humanitarian and community actors need the internet to function.  A great many small, local NGOs are able to help people on the ground because they are backed by large, external NGOs.  Access to a safe...
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Human Rights Documentation Toolkit

Human Rights Documentation Toolkit

The SecDev Foundation is proud to introduce the Human Rights Documentation Toolkit. Developed in partnership with the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), the Human Rights Documentation Toolkit is a multidisciplinary, interactive online portal providing human rights documenters with existing documentation resources and tools, broadly accepted practices, and ongoing support from other documentation stakeholders. The online...
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Digital Report

Digital Report Digital Report is an online Russian-language source of news, analysis, statistics, and professional resources on information and telecommunication developments in Eurasia. Upholding the values of freedom of expression and respect for human rights, Digital Report relies on an extensive partner network of Eurasia-based experts to provide in-depth reporting and professional resources on politics, regulation, business, and rights and freedoms in the digital age....
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International Expert Forum

The International Expert Forum (IEF) promotes the exchange of knowledge between policy makers, practitioners and academics working on peace and security. It consists of a series of seminars held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The primary purpose is to improve practice by trying to identify what seems to be effective measures, by whom,...
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