We provide digital security and IT-support to human rights defenders in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region.

DefendersTech is DefendDefenders innovation team working to facilitate intelligent, strategic, and secure usage of technology by human rights defenders (HRDs) in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region.

IT Services

Digital Security Education

We host year round digital security workshops for HRDs. These sessions are a vital introduction to online security that every HRD needs to protect their sensitive work. The workshops last three days and cover topics such as internet basics, device security, backing up data, online security, and encryption of devices and communications.

Organizational Assessments

We conduct audits of HRDs' and organisations' digital security capacities based on the SAFETAG framework for advocacy groups.

Training of Trainers

Training of Auditors

IT Helpline

DefendDefenders’ digital security program for women HRDs enabling them to respond to the digital security challenges they face in their work and daily life.

DefendDefenders’ comprehensive skills-building project for HRDs and human rights organisations aiming to illuminate the world of digital tools and strategies. Ttaala places emphasis on the proper documentation, collection, and security of digital data. 

Are you an HRD in the East and Horn of Africa in need of digital security support?

Latest News

Human Rights Defender of the Month: Karis Moses Oteba

Karis Moses Oteba is DefendDefenders’ Protection Officer and Well-being Lead, promoting self-care and effective stress management amongst human rights defenders. He started defending human rights at the early age of 11, as a member of the children’s parliament, convened to listen to the views of children concerning Uganda’s 1997 Children’s Act.

Updates from July 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, While the world struggles to maintain some semblance of normalcy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, let us refrain from being comfortable with