(Guest Post by Yvonne Oluoch, #IncYOUbateIT competition winner, founder of Socially Keen Individuals Redefining the Tech Space (SKIRTS) and AkiraChix Volunteer)
On February 20th 2015, I facilitated a session on digital security and was privileged to have interesting discussions with an enthusiastic group of attendees.
We looked at different tools and tactics that you can use to ensure you maintain and protect yourself in online spaces. They included encryption of both emails and text messages, circumvention tools, proxy bypass and VPN. We had three main tips to walk away with:
- Own your online presence
- If it’s safer for you then it’s more secure for all. Since your online interactions cuts across both your personal and professional life.
- Post about others as you would want them to post about you.
On Saturday, 23rd May 2015, we are hosting another digital security and privacy advocacy forum, looking into statistical aspects of cyberbullying and harassment in Kenya. This event is part of a global f3mhack day, which will be hosted in ten different countries.
Venue: iHub Nairobi
Time: 1:00p.m – 5:00 p.m
The forum intends to tackle some of the below questions using gathered facts.
- Why should you care about your digital security and privacy?
- How do you create awareness around cyberbullying and online harassment?
- How does the laws of the country protect you from cybercrime?
- How do you organize an advocacy campaign around online privacy?
It’s tricky to know where to draw the line between freedom of expression and how this free expression (in this case speech) infringes on other people’s rights? This is a gray area in our society and therefore many people do not know exactly how to handle a harassment claim whether online or off. Harassment is the intentional crossing of both your emotional and physical boundaries. Cyberbullying includes embarrassing or cruel online posts and digital pictures, online threats, harassment, and negative comments, stalking through emails, websites, social networks and text messages. Please note that disagreement, however strongly and unpleasant it might be, does not qualify as harassment.
This Saturday, we will dive into a discussion forum on the above issues and try to find solutions and ways to carry forward the conversation.
Come charged for an engaging public discourse on digital rights. Get your tickets on http://talkingdigital.eventbrite.com. For more details about f3mhack, visit