In regards to the online conference Build Peace 2021, PBI co-organises a workshop about digital security for human rights defenders.
Digitalization of the peacebuilding sector has increased rapidly since the onset of Covid-19. However, along with the great opportunities that come with digital tools, individuals and organizations are increasingly exposed online. For human rights defenders, the consequences of a digital breach can be deadly. This workshop will review the digital security landscape and provide specific, flexible methods and tools to assess, prevent, and respond to security breaches and attacks. It will focus on mobile phone security, which is the primary communication and work device of many human rights defenders, who, during the pandemic, have become, in many parts of the world, more vulnerable to digital attacks when they suddenly had to shift most of their work online. Our aim is to contribute to a culture of digital security among peacebuilders by arming participants with sustainable strategies that can be adapted to the evolving threat landscape and tailored to their specific experiences.