This week eQualitie will be attending Take Back The Net, a two-day conference in which “human rights advocates and transformative technology providers will meet to discuss what civil society organisations and individuals can do to restore trust in communication infrastructure”. We are attending as guests of the Association of Progressive Communications, organisers of the conference and we are grateful to them for this opportunity to speak directly with many at-risk activists and to understand these vital issues from frontline perspectives.
eQualit.ie undertook two missions during the last month to work with independent media workers and aspiring digital security trainers from across the Ukraine. Over one hundred news media workers were trained in secure communications and a very capable group of future trainers were taken through the advanced training so that this valuable knowledge can continue to spread. We are grateful to the organisers for bringing us on board and to all the participants for their attendance. If your organisation is interested in digital security training, please get in contact with us at the address below
Last week eQualitie attended the Stockholm Internet Forum 2014, an annual gathering of multi-stakeholders from internet governance, global civil society, freedom of expression networks, independent media and even some progressive-minded government types. We spent three days meeting with activists, journalists and policy makers to listen to their concerns and discuss the best ways forward for the Internet Freedom movement. We championed open source principles and distributed solutions as the best way to engage and mutually benefit users from across the spectrum in the fight against censorship, surveillance and exclusion on the Net. Our gratitude goes out to the organisers for the invitation and particularly to our friends at Civil Rights Defenders for introducing us. Skol!