When Donald Trump gained the keys to the most sophisticated surveillance architecture in the world, it was a wake up call for many to acknowledge what communities of color have known all along: our right to resist is under attack.
Activists of color have long been aware that protecting our data isn’t about privacy, it’s about power; and that the safest community is an organized community.
As organizations deeply embedded in movements for Black lives, immigrant rights, indigenous sovereignty, gender justice, economic equity, disability rights and more — the Center for Media Justice and May First/Peoples Link recognized that our best contribution towards keeping communities organizing for justice safe was to provide activists at the greatest risk of surveillance with culturally relevant digital safety tips, tools and support from our closest movement security allies.
Defend Our Movements is a web based clearinghouse of the most up-to-date and useful information about protecting your devices and data—whether on the Internet, through cell phone communications, or in your home or office.
Given the challenges movements for civil and human rights face, we need immediate and effective digital self-defense strategies. Given the way governments and corporations are willing to disrupt those communications (and steal the information being transmitted), we need data protection. Given the overwhelming amount of protection projects and software available, we need clear information about data security and how to apply it in a way that maintains the values and strategies of our movements.
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