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A Tactical Tech research:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: RESEARCHING DIGITAL SECURITY TRAINING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

INTRODUCTION

As technology becomes increasingly fundamental to the work of many human rights defenders (HRDs), a parallel expansion can be observed in the digital threats they face. Tactical Tech has been working in digital security training for human rights defenders for close to a decade, yet whilst the field has experienced rapid expansion in recent years, almost no research or comprehensive review has been carried out regarding the process and effectiveness of current training practices, nor regarding the challenges faced by participants in implementing learnings outside the training room. The two research papers summarised here represent an initial exploration of some if these issues with the intention that the findings will help inform and encourage future applied research projects, the design and testing of new training approaches, models, and curricula, as well as contributing to broader discussion within the digital security training community.

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