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Community-sourced recommendations on sustaining open source products

Most of the technological aspirations and objectives that we pursue in the human rights and internet freedom communities–transparency, security, openness for modification/adaptation to different contexts, etc.– are necessarily based on Free and Open-source Software (FOSS). However, launching a successful FOSS project can present significant challenges. This March at the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Valencia, […]

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Community Discussion: Holistic security in practice

Summary and recording available! Human rights work is a fulfilling and rewarding vocation. But it can also be frustrating, exhausting, and risky. We know that it is important to think about psycho-social well-being, organizational security, legal and digital security, yet we struggle to put these concepts into practice. Digital or physical security cannot be addressed […]

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Community Discussion: Best practices for digitising documents

Summary and recordings available! If you have physical documents related to your human rights work that you want to preserve, protect, or share with others, then learning good digitisation practices is vital. Why digitise? Digitising your documents greatly improves access to your information, whether you are building an online public library to share documents related […]

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#FridayDiscoBackup and other pro backup tips

We recently learned of a human rights organization that had their offices broken into and their computers stolen. Sadly, this is nothing new. Human rights groups are often targeted for the important information they have (evidence of abuse, documentation on corruption, witness testimonies, etc). In this case, however, the organization took all the right steps […]

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How to digitise your human rights document archive

It’s easy to de-prioritize dealing with that room full of paper that has accumulated over the years – the many reports, letters, books, press clippings, images, etc. But there are some important reasons why it’s worth giving some attention to your paper-based archive. This article explains the importance of digitising human rights archives, and will […]

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Retaining your ability to fight nefarious lawsuits through smart data retention

This article is cross-posted from the engine room blog. It was originally published in September 2015 and written by Kristin Antin. Keeping data after projects end often involves spending time and effort to comply with legal requirements and archiving rules. Why does it matter? Imagine this scenario: A human rights organization is collecting information about […]

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File naming conventions: why you want them and how to create them

We’ve all been there: you’re asked to review the most recent draft of a document. You log-in to your organisation’s shared-folders and look for the file, but you can’t tell which version of the document you should be reviewing: Grant-proposal-henry-edits-finalfinal.doc Grant-proposal-final-Nora_edits_v4.doc FINAL_proposal_Aug2016_kct-updated.doc This is just one small example of an information management weakness that can […]

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Need to Improve Organizational Security? Build Relationships

When a group of organizational security practitioners gathered in Prague this February, we were cautiously optimistic about what we could achieve. Organizational security is about empowering human rights organisations to protect themselves, the people they serve and their information – so that organisations can realize their missions. We added organizational security assessments and support to our […]

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5 Steps to Protect Your Data in Case of Computer Theft

Last weekend, our headquarters in Geneva and the office of an ally organization were burglarized; two of our desktop computers were stolen. The attending policewoman told us despite Switzerland’s reputation as a crime-free country, there are up to 30 break-ins a day in Geneva. We thought being in an NGO building with restricted access and having standard doors was enough, […]

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Ten tips to keep your website safe

You may have heard, GreenNet, which hosts many NGO websites, suffered a massive DDoS attack and as a result, their sites went offline, some for up to a week. Websites are becoming a key strategic tool for civil society communications, and so its perhaps natural to expect that some repressive governments, or large corporations who […]

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How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme

If you’ve followed my previous blog posts, then you probably have some idea about how to start creating a website. I’ve shared some of the basic principles that will help you to get started when building a website on WordPress, a free and open source content management system (that is the technology that powers a […]

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Building an engaging website

I’m Manushak Aslanyan from the NGO Women for Development (WFD), based in Armenia.  Recently I started an internship with HURIDOCS as part of the Open Society Human Rights Program and on this blog I would like to share what I learn and experience as I go along. WFD has been working in rural community development, […]

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Choosing the Right Approach to Document Violations

sommaire en français Le dialogue en ligne Documenting Violations: Choosing the Right Approach (la documentation des violations: choisir la bonne approche), organisée par New Tactics, a eu lieu du 27 janvier au 2 février 2010. Le dialogue complet et un résumé des discussions sont disponibles à https://www.newtactics.org/conversation/documenting-violations-choosing-right-approach resumen en español El diálogo en línea Documenting […]

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