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Security in-a-Box Community Focus: digital security tools and tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa

Publisher: Tactical Technology Collective
Publication Date: Jan 2014

Tactical Tech have created a new guide: Tools and Tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the second in the series of Security in-a-box Community Focus guides, which aim to further integrate digital security into the context of particular communities and human rights defenders.

This guide was created specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Intersex individuals and human rights defenders in the sub-Saharan region in Africa, and was written in collaboration with human rights defenders from the community. The guide was written and published in the context of continuous and determined legal, religious, social, economic and digital marginalisation and harassment of the LGBTI community in most of the region.

Tools and Tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa explores common threats, such as entrapment, extortion, harassment, and unauthorised access to devices. The guide then links to the tools and tactics which can help LGBTI persons to stay safe.

The guide includes all the existing chapters of our Security in-a-Box toolkit (created in collaboration with Frontline Defenders), as well as testimonies of human rights defenders from the community, examples and accounts of attacks, and additional chapters on Risk Analysis and Safer Use of Internet Cafes and LGBTI dating sites.