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

End of year statement 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, This year was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected our normal way of operating. With offices closed, our technology set up allowed us to rethink and adapt quickly to the restrictive pandemic measures. We always

Security and safety during elections

Elections are a challenging period in many African countries. In the past ten years, many African nations have experienced pre- and post-election violence which resulted