Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan strongly believes in unhindered access to all communication channels by Pakistani citizens. However, with increasing controls on the Internet and widespread surveillance and monitoring by the government, it is extremely important to invest in the capacity building of Human Rights Defenders and larger civil society on circumvention tools, online safety and privacy.
In conflict-ridden areas like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan media personnel are particularly vulnerable due to surveillance and monitoring of communication channels. Sandwiched between insurgent elements and government security forces, they increasingly find it virtually impossible to conduct their work freely. Safe and secure communications continue to be a life threatening challenge for them.
Given the above mentioned context, Bytes for All is running a national level capacity building programme on digital security with support from geeks and human rights defenders.
This programme is targeted towards human rights workers, civil society organizations, women and young girls. It is essentially important that they learn the tools and techniques to be safe and secure online.
B4A also focuses on circumvention tools and promote best practices for individuals and organizational digital security to avoid the perils of digital age.