As an organization dedicated to safeguarding human rights in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, we have faced many attempts to silence our voice. During the latest fighting in the Gaza Strip, attempts by opponents of free speech escalated, including stepped-up DDoS attacks which our previous hosting providers failed to repel. Deflect proved itself extremely helpful in protecting our website, and has allowed us to carry on with getting our information out to the public here in Israel, Palestine, and abroad.
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Key Findings We identified a DDoS attack against the Israeli human rights website www.btselem.org on the 2nd of November Attackers used three different type of relays to overload the website and were...
We develop technology and services to secure online platforms from cyber attack. Over a million people access websites under our protection everyday. We harness the power of machine learning to improve attack mitigation and lead investigations into malicious network activity, exposing the perpetrators and strengthening our clients’ advocacy efforts.
We strive towards equality on the Internet – to empower and protect its users from the excesses of surveillance and malware industries. Our intervention methods include creating learning guides and curricula, establishing digital training centres around the world, and building movements among aligned technology organizations.
We believe in freedom of expression and association as defined in Articles 18, 19 and 20 of the UDHR. We develop technology to circumvent Internet censorship, to protect and empower online voices, and to secure online communications. Our interpretation of these rights on the Internet is reflected in our terms of service and our manifesto.
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We are software developers and system engineers, cryptographers, security auditors, penetration testers, project managers, trainers, anthropologists, communicators and more! Most importantly, we’re all driven to promote and defend principles enshrined within the eQualit.ie Manifesto contact any of us using name @ equalit.ie
Dmitri is the founder and director of eQualit.ie with fifteen years experience working on digital security and privacy technology with civil society organizations. He has led and participated in missions to over 40 countries, and is a recognized expert on technology training and organizational security. He is the author of the Digital Security and Privacy for Human Rights Defenders manual and was a founding member and coordinator of the NGO-in-a-Box Security Edition project. Since 2011, Dmitri has lead the eQualit.ie team and its various projects.
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Tom is a senior level UNIX system engineer specialising in performance and high availability at scale. He has previously worked on BBC News International, Warner Music and other large web environments. Tom has collaborated with eQualit.ie since its inception and is currently working on the Deflect project. He tries not to let his obsession with doing things The Right Way affect his personal life.
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Peter is a C++ developer with a masters degree in a combination of math and computer science from Komenius University, Slovakia. He started his career in the field of computer graphics working on project ranging from graphical tools, computer games to navigation systems. After more than a decade in that industry, he shifted his interests to networking and distributed systems which have kept him busy since. He is currently helping to bring the (n+1)sec project to life by writing a plugin for Pidgin messenger, and he will be working on a new version of the CENO project.
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Rodney has been working in system administration since 1991, implementing TCP/IP networks on frame relay. He became interested in open source solutions and soon after opened his own company focusing on deploying networking, software and systems. Rodney brings a wealth of experience, a steady hand and a thorough process to the maintenance of eQualit.ie’s infrastructure and system administration tasks.
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Vladimir is working on Deflect network operations and client support. He is a system administrator focused on nginx web-server configuration, overall website performance optimization and security for small and medium-sized organizations. He has many years experience helping human-rights defenders with digital threat modelling as well as working with them on achievable counter-measures.
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Ruud holds a masters in Computer Science and Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has worked on formal analysis of software security systems and published several publications in this area. A contributor to several core-infrastructural free software projects, he does what he can to ensure technology in general and software in particular serves the interests of its users, rather than its proprietors. He is currently leading the design and implementation of the (n+1)sec project.
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Conscious of the impact that the work of technical people like him has on shaping the future of society, Ivan advocates knowledge freedom and distributed organizations as enablers for social progress that is ethical, fair and accessible to everyone. He has devoted his time to distributed, commons-based social organizations, economies and infrastructures like peer production and community networks (esp. guifi.net via the CONFINE Project). His main fields of work are libre software development, computer networks, and administration of GNU/Linux systems, always with a focus on security, privacy, and promoting the autonomy of users.
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For the past 17 years, demkōdō has worked in a broad variety of roles. Based in Amsterdam, she works as a consultant offering administrative and operational support to the eQ team. In her free time she’s a ceramist with a focus on hand-building. The Japanese firing technique Raku is her favourite means of firing. Music is important too, she has a huge library full of weird and eclectic stuff; from avant-garde, experimental and electronic stuff, to hip-hop, (noisy)-punk, new-wave, doom metal, jazz, (contemporary) classical music and (Japanese) noise ~ (+ she’s been a proud vegetarian for 28 years!)
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Technical Project Coordinator
About Lai Yi
Lai Yi Ohlsen is a project manager and artist with a background in computer science and movement. As an Asian-American WiT, she is passionate about creating equal opportunities on and offline through dialogue and transparency. Her current creative practice is largely inspired by the topography of peer to peer networks and cloud infrastructure. When she is not working as eQualit.ie’s Technical Project Coordinator she can be found dancing or walking her dog, Molly.
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Carol has worked at the intersection of digital and human rights over the past decade, with a passion for making open source privacy and security tools relevant, accessible, and useful to activists.
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Joe has been programming for small civil society organizations since moving to Berlin four years ago, most recently with OONI where he developed software to detect internet censorship. Back in California, he did web programming for a startup, and before that, he worked on data analysis and simulation code for a physics research group. Now he’s protecting freedom of expression online with the Deflect team. In his free time, he’s messing around with Ableton and trying to learn German.
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Lead Software Developer Deflect Labs
Interested in exploring the possibilities of Machine Learning, concerned about the related risks (such as bias in algorithms), and motivated to apply her skills to protect human rights, Maria joined eQualit.ie as a Lead Software Developer on the Deflect Labs team. She has a diverse background, with experience ranging from IT, to Telecom, to Full-stack Software Development and Machine Learning and she is always excited to learn new things. On her free time, she enjoys long walks in nature, drawing, traveling and taking care of her pets.
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Machine Learning and Data Scientist
Anna came to eQualit.ie by way of Antarctica, having studied climate modeling during her PhD at Princeton University. Fearing that all the ice might melt before she made tenure, she decided to redirect her modeling skills to protecting human rights online, and joined eQualit.ie as the data analytics and machine learning lead on the Deflect Labs team. In her free time, Anna enjoys general outdoors stuff and vegetarian cooking.
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I had a 5-years work experience in Russian NGO with great inspiration to reveal connections between past and present particularly by providing informational and technological resources to public. My enthusiasm in digital activities has started during my programming studies in the lyceum of Information Technologies before the university. At that time I have tried learning C++ and some other languages. Actually I had a dream to do programs on my own to get data and staff but somehow I failed the fight with the dream hunters. So that’s how I appeared to be a graduate from the faculty of Media communications with a diploma in Russian philology. Reading at least three books in parallel. Can mix up the gas pedal and the brake pedal.
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Mark’s career is focused in working for mission driven organizations. Mark’s professional IT experience includes working for Stanford, Northwestern, UCLA, Python Software Foundation and Caltech. Mark contributes and is involved in multiple open source software projects. Mark is continuing his career in the DevOps track and embodying the DevOps culture. Mark studied at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and continuing his course at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, MSc Computer Science.
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Mark is a PSF Supporting Member
Julie has over 10 years of finances experience working for diverse non-profit community organizations and artist-run collectives. She developed skills in teamwork, conflict resolutions and active listening. She is also dedicated to the development of non-oppressive practices in the broader community. She believe that these practices are important in creating constructive working environments, which in turn create a solid base for sustainable social justice movements. Besides, Julie is also sound designer, performer and DJ collecting over the past 20 years different sounds gleaned from her environment. Her poetic work seeks to reinvent the audio landscape through superimposition of her recordings.
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Venny’s background is in international development. She has managed projects and grants for the non-profit sector for several years and worked in capacity-building roles advising and supporting NGOs in grant management, monitoring & evaluation and resource mobilization. In her spare time she enjoys live music, working on her French and dreaming of Finnish summers.
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About Anna IAnna I. is a product manager and coordinator with background in independent journalism, video & multimedia production and media management. She worked in independent Russian media for 5 years and also has experience in marketing, PR and lecturing media students. Anna believes in strong connections between civil society and independent press, which is huge problem in West-Europe. And strong press and civil organisations are unable to work without IT having its back: that’s why eQualitie is important project for the region. Always has her collection of plush Pusheens with her, with different characters for any mood.PGP Fingerprint: 04C3 0668 0CAA 68F3 19C0 E6BB BB4D BFF1 06CD BB4D
Joey holds an MA from the University of Toronto, focusing on the Middle East. She has lived and worked in Lebanon and Egypt for nearly four years and speaks Levantine and Egyptian Arabic. In her spare time, she loves performing in the circus and spending quality time with her cat. Joey is our MENA outreach officer.
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Mallory integrates a human rights, people-centred approach to communications and technology for social movements around the world. Since 2012, Mallory has been the communications and network development manager for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). And since 2008 has been a member of May First/People Link and on MFPL’s executive board. Originally from the US but living in Montreal, she has worked on communications, technology, resource mobilisation and governance for grassroots organisations around the world in Bolivia, Brazil, France, Mexico, Palestine, Senegal, UK. She’s used free software professionally for over 12 years and considers herself a “radical technologist,” specializing in cybersecurity. Her background in community organizing with social justice groups also extends beyond a decade.
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Alex is a multidisciplinary professional with over 15 years of experience working across five continents. His passion is problem-solving and he delights in the company of good people who want to build interesting things in the world. In addition to his work in innovation, Alex is a licensed attorney and practised international competition law, a university professor in Buenos Aires, a public relations analyst in Amsterdam. Alex founded two sustainable agriculture-technology businesses focused on food and water scarcity in the urban environment, served on the board of the largest greenspace program in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a human rights fellow in law school, representing Guantanamo detainees while working with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the United States Federal Public Defenders office.
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Carolyn has over 20 years of experience in software development, network administration, and localizing technology for different cultures. Notably, in the past she served as Translation Community Manager for Tor, a well-known anonymity and circumvention tool, and most recently as Chief Technology Officer for Informsec. Currently she is a Senior Technology Adviser for Internews and one of our good friends!
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B'tselem, Hagai El Ad, Executive Director
Carole Samdup, Senior Adviser: Economic and Social Rights, Rights & Democracy
When Rights & Democracy decided to create a user-friendly digital tool for both training and documentation, we turned to eQualit.ie. With its experience in creating digital solutions for civil society, eQualit.ie was able to guide development of this unique and innovative tool that has since been widely used by communities around the world.
Ali Reza, http://ipos.me/
IPOS directly benefited from eQualit.ie's expertise and professionalism when our main website was subject to an unprecedented attack. At the time the services of similar companies including CloudFlare and Google PageSpeed failed to protect IPOS' election tracking poll against a major DDOS attack during the 2013 presidential elections in Iran. However, the Deflect team were able to quickly setup a CDN front and accept traffic from IPOS' main domain and fight back against the attack.
Mahmoud Jisri, http://cyberiahosting.ca/
Deflect team were the pioneers in creating a unique and brilliant idea to protect oppressed sites against ddos and other types of attacks. They managed to protect one of our client's sites on multiple occasions very effectively, allowing journalists the freedom of speech which is one of the major internet essences. What I also noticed and admired about deflect team is their fast support response, friendly manner and dealing with clients as members of their team which creates a bond of likeness and respect.
Kasper Souren, http://kasper.re/
Deflect.ca did an excellent job at helping protect the website of a renowned human rights NGO from an extended ddos attack. The website had been down for almost a week. We first tried Cloudflare, but it looked as if the ddos still came through. To be clear: that was with all settings maxed out on a paid 200$/month business plan. Once we switched to Deflect things looked like normal traffic and the active chat support provided by Deflect really helped keeping things safe and under control.
Pen International, Ann Harrison, Programme Director
Working with eQualit.ie in a consultative manner meant that a staff team with limited experience of IT were able to avail themselves of a service which has contributed to improving the security of our information and communications, as well as contributing to increased productivity of the entire staff team. Shortly after the migration, we experienced a break-in at our office. The burglars targeted IT equipment, and would previously have been able to access our server, had we still had one on site. However, thanks to the work of eQualit.ie, our information was secure and our back-up drive was in a safe location.