Digital rights are basically human rights in the internet era. The rights to online privacy and freedom of expression, for example, are really extensions of the equal and inalienable rights laid out in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to the UN, disconnecting people from the internet violates these rights and goes against international law.  The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms was also developed in response to this issue.


DIGITAL SECURITY HELP LINE

Bareedo Platform Somalia has established a desk for providing journalists and human rights activists with the required skills, training and resources to carry out their work effectively and keep themselves safe while working in digital spaces. Please contact our Digital Help Desk for technical assistance:- Email: Digitalrights@bareedo.org or Secure Email: Desk252@protonmail.com. Tell: +252 66 1116061

DIGITAL SECURITY RESOURCES

Digital First Aid Kit The kit aims to provide preliminary support for people facing the most common types of digital threats. The Kit offers a set of self-diagnostic tools for human rights defenders, bloggers, activists and journalists facing attacks themselves, as well as providing guidelines for digital first responders to assist a person under threat.

Digital Security & Privacy Manual – This book is an introduction to the ever growing and complex world of electronic security. Not only will it raise your level of knowledge and awareness about computers and the Internet, it will also warn you of different risks you may face in the digital environment and will tell you how to deal with them.

Information Security for Journalists – This handbook is a very important practical tool for journalists and it is of particular importance to investigative reporters. For the first time journalists are now aware that virtually every electronic communication we make or receive is being recorded, stored and subject to analysis and action. As this surveillance is being conducted in secret, without scrutiny, transparency or any realistic form of accountability, our sources, our stories and our professional work itself is under threat.

DIGITAL RIGHTS PUBLICATIONS – SOMALIA

Urgent Action Needed To Address The Growing Online Violence Against Women And Girls In Somalia – While more people make their way into the internet, it is no surprise that the amount of electronic violence against women also rises and it is not a new phenomenon on the world but is dealt as part of violence and discrimination that women and girls face offline and online throughout their lives. While awareness rising about using secure and safe Internet is not common in Somalia and there is limited data on online harassment and violencethe problem is often overlooked in discussions of violence against women and is not perceived as a serious form of violence or an issue in Somalia and women do not often speak about online harassment and violence. Read More……

SURVEY: Online Harassment And Violence Emerging As New Forms Of Gender Based Violence In Puntland, Somalia – The use of technology has experienced an exponential growth in Somalia and the online users and access to internet have been getting momentum with increasing number of people turning to social media platforms as a key source for the latest news and information. Read More……

State of Internet Freedom in Somalia | 2016 : This research was carried out by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and presents the findings of a study on what the government in Somalia is doing to inhibit citizens’ access to ICT, for example content blocks, censorship, filtering, infrastructure control, lawmaking, court cases; using ICT activity and data to monitor citizens; and how government bodies and functionaries are using propaganda, impersonation, threats, cloning, and other tactics to shape online content in their favour. Read More……

Issues Affecting Digital Rights In Somalia: Online Harassment – The online users and access to internet have been getting momentum in Somalia and at the same time, the breaches of social media have been on the rise. People log in to their social media site and notice a string of posts or messages definitely not posted by them or they get a message that their account password has been changed without their knowledge. Read More…..

Five Years Since Al-Shabab Banned The Use Of Internet In South Central Somalia – It is five years since Somali rebel group al-Shabab banned the use of internet through mobile handsets and fibre optic cables throughout Somalia. The ban has been effective in the areas controlled by Al-Shabab in the South Central Somalia where the group has an active presence. Read More…..