At , activists are describing how digital threats contribute to the shrinking of space for civil society, while at the same time technology is the basis for a lot of their work.

Feeling safe online is directly connected with the freedom of speech, and becoming active to fight for your rights. This is in particular true for women and gender-based violence.


“A lot of women have internalised this violence, or do not recognise hate speech as violence – it has become normal.” (paraphrased)

Further takeaways from this session: Digital security trainings shouldn’t only be based on fear, especially for activists who are already subject to threats and experience fear through their work.
Training shouldn’t be tools-centric, but need to involve the reasons why e.g. email encryption should be used.
There needs to be space for follow up.
And male trainers in particular need to recognise their privileges.

‪The criminalisation of encryption, anonymisation tools etc. is increasingly a problem for civil society.‬

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