Monthly Digest: November 2020

Daniel D. Odongo Nov. 27, 2020

Whether it's opinions on fostering digital human rights - or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here is the Digital Human Rights Lab's round-up of the this month's most interesting articles and stories.


Must-read Articles of the Month

Whether it's opinions on fostering digital human rights - or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here's a round-up of the past month's most interesting articles and stories.

A Human Rights-Based Approach to Cybersecurity

Putting people at the center and ensuring that there is trust and security in networks and devices that reinforce, rather than threaten, human security. This article explores how such an approach is systematic, meaning that it addresses the technological, social and legal aspects together.

The Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women During COVID-19

Twitter said in a blog post this week that since shelter-in-place orders began taking effect in March, there have been 1 million tweets per month about domestic violence and related issues and, in 2020 as a whole, there have been 40 million tweets about women’s rights. They have joined hands with the United Nations to to promote awareness of the issue of domestic violence and mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Nov. 25 and International Human Rights Day Dec. 10.

The Future of Data Protection and the Regulation

In this article, the World Economic Forum explores five potential futures for public and private stakeholders to consider while reimagining how data is used, controlled and shared. It also envisions how data utilities could offer a simpler way for users to manage data without having to manage consent with every firm.

Community Updates


Our community partners Women of Uganda Network, Encrypt Uganda, Digital Literacy Initiative, Defend Defenders and African Defenders are running an online campaign in order to lend their voices against the rising issue of gender-based violence in online spaces

Digital Human Rights Lab Projects

At the Digital Human Rights Lab, a total of five Communities of Practice have been established. We are proud to present eight projects subsumed under these CoPs. Every project has its defined goals, its specific timeline and project design. Learn more about each of them in their dedicated space on our website.

Creating Safe Online Spaces for Women and Girls in Uganda

Our partner, Unwanted Witness, held a radio talk show where they invited Hon. Peter Ogwang, MP - the Minister of State for ICT in Uganda to discuss how safe online spaces might be used to counter online gender-based violence against women. You can listen to the recording HERE.

Podcast: Human Rights and the Digital by DHRLab

Human Rights and the Digital Podcast presents voices and perspectives of Human Rights defenders in Uganda, focusing on how technology is being used to the realization of Human Rights. This podcast is produced by the Digital Human Rights Lab.

Opportunities | Tips | Resources

Every month, we collate the very best opportunities, tips and resources for digital human rights practitioners in our community.

Call for Innovations in Human Rights Work

Do you have an idea, solution or approach to improve human rights work? Apply to our Innovation Program and win up to 60.000.000 UGX in total and qualify for the following 6-month Mentorship Program. Apply HERE.

Protecting the stories of marginalised people in the digital space

How can we ensure that marginalised communities in the region are safe to share their stories online? This podcast elaborates on how the challenges these groups face on the internet are parallel to the obstacles encountered offline, as well as how allies in solidarity can protect and amplify these stories in the digital space.

Mobile Phone Safety Learning Module

FTX: Safety Reboot's Mobile Phone Safety Module has guides & activities for trainers to facilitate conversations on gender and access, privacy, & strategies for safe mobile phone usage and communication as relevant to the participants.

Tutorial: Intro to Hashtag Campaign Analysis

In this Tutorial Arthur Kakande, Data Products lead at Pollicy, will give an Introduction to Hashtag Campaign Analysis (Brand Analysis) using Social Media Data. This session will take place on December 3rd 2020, starting at 11AM EAT. You may register or share this sign-up link with anyone who might potentially be interested.

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