Digital Security for Civil Society

eQualit.ie services

Digital Security Training

With over 20 years combined experience in digital security training across 40+ countries, eQualit.ie delivers practical workshops on secure communications and information management. eQualit.ie coordinates networks of trainers, creates learning curricula and provides leadership for permanent digital security schools in Lithuania and Tunisia. Take a look at our Learning Wiki for our educational material and training guides.

Security audits and policy development

eQualit.ie uses its experience working in the non-profit sector to audit organisations working with sensitive issues and in regions of heightened risk. The process helps identify and reduce vulnerabilities in technical systems and information management processes. The outcome is a series of recommendations and detailed policy to increase the safety of employees, projects and project partners.

Software development

eQualit.ie’s portfolio spans database solutions that securely manage and analyse human rights documentation, worldwide infrastructure to protect websites from cyber-attack and a range of crypto tools and protocols to improve secure communications on the Internet.  All solutions are released for free under open source licences and can be easily adapted to suit your particular requirements.

eQualitie Blog

  • Deflect – 2014 in numbers
    The Deflect projects protects human rights and independent media websites from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. It is a free service for qualifying organisations and the source code is publicly available on the project wiki. In our third year of operations we protected websites from over...
  • (n+1)sec = privacy on the Net
    In advance of this year’s Human Rights Day, eQualit.ie is proud to release the first public draft of a provably secure protocol for group messaging on the Internet. The protocol provides for end­-to­-end security of synchronous communications between any number of people. It is efficient and...
  • Standing strong in August
    Ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East saw a stream of independent media and human rights organizations turn to Deflect for DDoS protection. The network delivered over 75 million pages to legitimate readers in August, our highest numbers to date. One week in particular stood out as we brought...


The Team

eQualit.ie develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. Our goal is to create accessible technology and improve the skill set needed for defending human rights and freedoms in the digital age.
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    Dmitri

    Co-founder, Director

    About Dmitri

    Dmitri is the founder and director of eQualit.ie with over a decade of experience working on digital security and privacy technology within the human rights and independent media sector. He has led and participated in missions to over 40 countries, and is a recognised expert on technology training and organisational 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. He has helped to create worldwide networks of trainers, developed curricula for various security programs and is also a regular contributor to technology publications. But his real job is bringing up two kids and trying to be more at home.

     

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    Vmon

    Cryptographer

    About Vmon

    A cryptographer and a software developer. Vmon has worked for various companies in security, cryptographic research and development. He is a Ph.D. candidate in cryptography and also a developer with the Tor project working on innovative anti-censorship technologies. Vmon is leading research and development on eQualit.ie projects, concentrating on cryptography and machine learning.

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    Rodney

    Systems Administrator

    About Rodney

    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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    Hugh

    Systems Developer

    About Hugh

    Hugh is a systems engineer based in Dublin, Ireland. He has over eight years of software engineering and systems administration experience, and holds a bachelors in computer science and a masters in computer security and forensics. He has worked for ISPs and games companies in addition to collectives and activists. Hugh has lead winning teams in computer security competitions, taken active roles in community-oriented computer groups providing both computer access and education and spoken on subjects ranging from the anthropology of hacktivism to practical computer security and vulnerability exploitation.

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    Bill

    Technical Coordinator

    About Bill

    Holds a BA(mod) in Computer Science from Trinity College,  Dublin and Masters degree in Machine Learning and Evolutionary Computing from University College Dublin. He has worked as a senior and lead software developer in Dublin, Paris and Montreal over the course of the last 6 years. As a developer he has worked with a diverse range of technologies and platforms, including C++, Java, Python and Javascript on Windows, Debian, and Amazon EC2 systems. He is a specialist in web development and cloud computing. His research background is in the analysis of large scale data via Neural Networks and Genetic Programming. In Dublin, he helped co-found Knowledge Exchange and Open Learning Ireland, two groups which focus on making education accessible to all through open lectures/talks/workshops and providing learning spaces. He also rides a unicycle.

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    Maja

    Operations Manager

    About Maja

    As a strong believer in culture, communication and social change, Maja brings a humanist approach to her role as eQualit.ie’s Operations Manager. For the past ten years she has developed her project management and editorial skills working within the domain of independent media, being a dedicated advocate against mainstream media disinformation. With full knowledge of 360-degree NGO administration, she is an organizer at heart who is happiest when she is juggling, collaborating, problem-solving, and connecting people and resources. Maja holds a Masters degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and is the author of Working in the New South Africa: An Ethnographic Approach to Affirmative Action. When not travelling, reading voraciously or learning new languages, she can be found supporting frontline activist movements across various communities.

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    Zack

    Developer

    About Zack

    Zack is preparing to complete a B.Sc in Computer Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He has six years of programming experience and has been writing and contributing to open source software for four years. He is passionate about security and privacy and has worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation as part of the 2014 Google Summer of Code. He is also deeply interested in distributed systems, artificial intelligence, the web, society and culture, and education. He believes strongly in the mission to create software that secures individuals’ communications and information so that technology can be used to defend social and political freedom.

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    Tom

    Systems Developer

    About Tom

    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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    Marios

    About Marios

    Marios (misaakidis) is a hacktivist coding for FOSS projects that ensure digital freedom for everybody. Interested in the Internet as a technology, as well as an interconnected system. He is co-founder of the hack66.info hackerspace and innovation center, and is involved in various projects including Mozilla, Freenet and fedora. Hangs out on #freenet (chat.freenode.net) and #ceno (irc.oftc.net) as Prometheas.
    
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    Carole

    Board Member

    About Carole

    Carole has 25 years of experience in the field of human rights protection with specialization in the area of economic and social rights.  Her work focus has been on trade and investment policy, regional integration in Asia, access to food, and thematic assessment methodologies. From 1994-2012, Carole worked at the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development, most recently as its Senior Adviser for Economic and Social Rights. Specializing in human rights impact assessments for foreign investment and the right to an adequate standard of living, Carole has participated in numerous UN processes and civil society-led investigative missions.  Carole is currently the Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee in Montreal. She is the author of several articles on Tibet and on economic and social rights.

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    Mallory

    Board Member

    About Mallory

    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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    Gabriella

    Board Member

    About Gabriella

    Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. She is the author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking and Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous published by Verso is out in November 2014. Gabriella has given numerous talks on hackers, digital activism,open source production and intellectual property law. Her publications are available here and a partial list of talks, podcasts, interviews and other media appearances are available here. You can follow her on Twitter

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    Carolyn

    Board Member

    About Carolyn

    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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  • 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.

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In respect of some clients' privacy and risk aversion, we do not publicise details of everyone we work with

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