Spideralex / Gender and Tech Institute (Tactical Tech) / APC
Zen and the art of making tech work for you. Practical guidance for women and trans* activists, human rights defenders and technologists.
This manual is a community-built resource for our growing community of women and trans* activists, human rights defenders and technologists. It is designed to be a living, growing collection of practical guidance and information that uniquely speaks to our needs, experiences, and activism, both online and offline. Content listed in the manual was created in response to our community’s requests for ideas and guidance they needed, but couldn’t find elsewhere. The current manual explores two overlapping issues:
- First, how can we craft appropriate online presences (or a series of them) that strengthen our ability to communicate and work online safely?
- Secondly, how can we collaboratively create safe online and offline spaces that enable our communities to share, collaborate, and communicate safely?
The manual grew out of the 2014 Gender and Technology Institute, organised by Tactical Technology Collective and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). The Institute brought together almost 80 participants and facilitators—mostly from the Global South—to focus on issues faced daily by women and trans* persons online and offline, to share strategies and tools for better protecting our digital privacy and security, as well as show we can spread this knowledge and skills with our communities and organisations. Since then, our network has expanded, so this manual has benefited from the input and review of a wide range of people. It is informed by the stories and creative practices of grass-roots activists, digital and holistic security facilitators, privacy advocates, and people making technology around the world.
This manual is a great resource, an inspiration for individuals and members of all kind of activist groups to put their heads together and start playing/working with the tools presented for their own empowerment.
The manual was published in summer 2015 by the Tactical Tech Collective: