The DSA seeks to pool IT and IT security resources from individuals and organizations to build IT security capacity in the civil society sector.
The DSA is a coalition of organisations and individual digital security experts working towards securing the digital assets of the civil society, human rights defenders, journalists and other activists in the face of threats posed by powerful corporations, unscrupulous criminals, state and other nonstate actors.
To achieve a safer digital environment for Human Rights Defenders in Uganda by Increasing the capacity of the digital emergency response ecosystem to provide safety for HRD’s under attack by covering their digital privacy and digital security aspects including infrastructure security.
DSA will assist NGOs or other forms of civil society organizations in handling the technical and organizational aspects of incidents in connection with Digital Security. In particular, DSA will provide assistance or advice with respect to the following aspects of incidents management:
In order to deliver the best support to the civil society, we run monthly activities!
The DSA will hold regular monthly meetings at predetermined locations, these meetings will help the partners to keep in touch and updated of arising threats, discuss solutions and share experiences. Also during these meetings, the DSA will collaborate on pending emergency incidents and see how to effectively resolve them.
The DSA will schedule trainings to build digital security capacity and also mentorship of identified beneficiaries to help them mitigate imminent threats and also educate the identified beneficiary so as to impart good digital ethics to protect and safeguard their privacy.
During this activity, different beneficiaries will be identified that the DSA will visit and conduct a digital security health check to assess and examine the capacity, awareness, and adoption to proper and safe digital security practices and policies. This will help the DSA to plan and organise relevant digital security training and collaborate relevant solutions within the alliance.
The DSA will offer assistance to any HRD, CSO, NGO and Citizen that is under attack or threat and is in need of emergency or rapid response to help contain or mitigate further damage. In this case, the DSA will utilize a ticketing system that will identify the relevant digital security expert depending on the technicalities of the specific security incident.
The DSA will innovate, develop and share security tools and technology aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity, circumventing surveillance and equipping the HRD, CSO, NGO or Citizen with skills and best practices.
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DSA operates thanks to the contributions of its members. Members of DSA contribute with skills and/or with other assets into this initiative. When necessary, DSA will fund-raise to obtain specific access to tools and technologies not available via its members. Currently, the digital security Alliance is comprised of Defenders Protection Initiative (DPI), National NGO Forum – Uganda (NNGOFU), Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), iFreedom Uganda Network (IFUGNET), Human Rights Network (HURINET) and Human Rights Centre – Uganda (HRC-U)