Author Archive | Friedhelm Weinberg

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Community-sourced recommendations on sustaining open source products

Most of the technological aspirations and objectives that we pursue in the human rights and internet freedom communities–transparency, security, openness for modification/adaptation to different contexts, etc.– are necessarily based on Free and Open-source Software (FOSS). However, launching a successful FOSS project can present significant challenges. This March at the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Valencia, […]

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Need to Improve Organizational Security? Build Relationships

When a group of organizational security practitioners gathered in Prague this February, we were cautiously optimistic about what we could achieve. Organizational security is about empowering human rights organisations to protect themselves, the people they serve and their information – so that organisations can realize their missions. We added organizational security assessments and support to our […]

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Solving challenges for human rights defenders in 2016

To maximize the impact of human rights organizations across the world this year, we’ll equip defenders with new systems for liberating information and adapt our support to meet the ever-changing challenges of our current partners. Effective information management is human-centered and requires an in-depth understanding of people, purpose, and goals. More than ever in 2015, we […]

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Responsible Data Forum on Human Rights Documentation – Philippines, 21-22 March 2015

The Responsible Data Forum on Human Rights Documentation will bring together practitioners and researchers to explore the ethical, privacy and security challenges posed by the use of data and new technologies in human rights documentation. It will be held just outside of Manila, The Philippines, on 21-22 March, on the fringes of RightsCon. The Forum […]

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Casebox Security Strongly Improved – Code Audit Report Published

This summer, the security of Casebox’ code and servers has been externally audited by Cure53, an expert software security company. Our software for human rights information management has become much more secure as a result of this, and we have made organisational changes to incorporate lessons learned into the software development process. “We were hoping […]

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Boost to HURIDOCS’ Technology and Security Expertise

HURIDOCS technology and security expertise has been boosted considerably through the addition of a Chief Technology Officer and a new board member with extensive knowledge on information security for human rights. Dmitri Vitaliev, Director of equalit.ie, is one of the most renowned experts on information security in civil society and author of “Digital Security and […]

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What Privacy?

Privacy is a human right that may often feel elusive, but when it is violated its loss becomes tangible. When you cannot know if what you say will be heard only by those who are supposed to, how can you speak freely? If everything you do at home can be torn into the public realm, […]

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Ten tips to keep your website safe

You may have heard, GreenNet, which hosts many NGO websites, suffered a massive DDoS attack and as a result, their sites went offline, some for up to a week. Websites are becoming a key strategic tool for civil society communications, and so its perhaps natural to expect that some repressive governments, or large corporations who […]

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NGO Forum website launched before crucial presidential elections in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe is heading for presidential elections on 31 July, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum launches an updated website, supported by HURIDOCS. It will be a major source for reliable information during the elections, while providing easy access to an archive of over 300 publications on human rights developments in Zimbabwe. In time for […]

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OpenEvsys 2.0 comes in a slightly refurbished design that makes it even more intuitive to use it. On top of that, it simply looks good on the new dashboard that gives you a quick overview about your data.

Announcing OpenEvsys 2.0: Even more user-friendly, charts and maps, stronger security

We asked specialists to hack OpenEvsys, our software for documenting human rights violations, and we asked users what they want. The result is OpenEvsys 2.0, which will be launched 1 July. It is a major update to improve security, analysis features and design. With enhanced security and more powerful analysis tools OpenEvsys sees a major […]

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More than 70 students attended a symposium at the University of The Gambia on the importance of legal research and the Case Law Analyser as an important tool.

No more sleepless nights at the library

A symposium on human rights law attracted a large number of students at the University of The Gambia eager to devote their future to the protection and promotion of human rights in Africa. Speakers at the symposium stressed the importance of thorough research for the students’ recent and future work and introduced the African Human […]

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“It really feels like we are at the edge of a tech revolution” – Interview with Loren Treisman

Three days after finishing her PhD, Loren Treisman went to East Africa and her life started to take a different turn. Now she is Executive of Indigo Trust, a philanthropic fund that awards mostly small grants to small, community-driven projects in Africa that use technology for social change. In this interview, Loren talks about what […]

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Case law is fundamental for the work of every lawyer - at the Moot Court the students gained worthwhile experience for their future careers.

“For us, it was a very good opportunity to get access to information that we usually could not get“

Originally from Ghana, Johannes Buabeng-Baidoo later moved to South Africa and is now a lecturer in human rights law at the University of the Gambia. He is an enthusiast about human rights, works closely with his students to help them understand the African human rights system and wants them to become ready to make sharp […]

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