|Welcome! This overview of guides to digital protection for human rights defenders, activists, journalists, and other at-risk communities was created in February 2021 by Gus Andrews for Front Line Defenders, to supplement the Security in a Box guide. Learn more about this overview.|
How to use this guide
Look at the tabs at the bottom of the page to explore the different information about these guides.
The most searchable one is the Localizations sheet. Look for the "Filter views" icon in the upper left of your computer (not mobile) window—see the icon to the right for what it looks like. This menu will let you easily filter the data and only show the topics, languages, and guide formats you are most interested in. Right now you can only search for one of these at a time; I hope at some point we can make it easier to search by, say, "South America," "podcasts," and "gender" at the same time.
|← the filter views icon looks like this; it is up there ↑ somewhere|
This contains overview data on all the guides, including when they were updated, whether they are CC licensed and the content is available on a service like GitHub, how many languages they are localized to, and who created them.
The updated_sort column shows the last known date that part of the resource was updated. Please do not rely on this as an indicator that all of the resource contains up to date information. I could not confirm every piece of advice given in these resources. Where the updated_sort field is grey, blank, or has a value of 1000, the guide is out of date. It has either been replaced by the organization that created it, or I could not confirm when it was updated. If your organization still links to these guides in some way, please consider removing those links to help the community maintain a safer ecosystem of advice.
Because technology changes quickly, it is worth assuming that any tool guide—instructions on how to use a tool—that is over one year old is out of date. Information on strategies for protecting your digital security do not go out of date as quickly. It may still be worth seeking newer advice on strategies.
The localization sheet contains information on the audience for the guides, both by language and by other regional or situational context. I expect that some of this information is wrong, as I was moving quickly in writing it. Please drop me a note if you spot an error. One of my errors may have been duplicating languages because a lack of familiarity with alternate names for languages. I also regret that I have not yet put the language names themselves in their native scripts and spelling. I apologize for these shortcomings, and I'll be working to fix them.
|Tool guides sheet|
"Tool guides" here refers specifically to software documentation by the creators of particular digital protection tools. This list is currently limited and less fleshed-out than the other sheets.
|Updates? As of 2023, Gillian "Gus" Andrews, Jon Camfield, and Jeff Landale are among those with edit access. Please reach out to us if you know of a resource we should add.|