On September 22nd, a virtual panel discussion presented by Citizen Clinic, part of UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), tackled the question of how civil society organizations can build the capacity to remain secure online. Moderated by Steve Trush, a research fellow at CLTC and Interim Director of Citizen Clinic, the panel featured Sarah Aoun, a human rights technologist, and Chris Garaffa, Technology Director for Trans Lifeline, in a conversation focused on the importance of cybersecurity for civil society organizations, even those not involved in political campaigns.
“Digital Safety Technical Assistance at Scale,” a report by Sean Brooks, Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity’s Citizen Clinic program, explores the opportunities and challenges of expanding the digital safety technical assistance resources available to civil society organizations. The report draws in part upon lessons learned from the first two years of operating Citizen Clinic, a first-of-its-kind program that engages interdisciplinary teams of UC Berkeley students to provide digital safety services to politically targeted civil society organizations.
On February 11, 2020, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity hosted a panel discussion featuring Daniel Kobei of the Ogiek Peoples’ Development Programme (OPDP), a Kenya-based non-governmental organization working to support the rights of the indigenous Ogiek community; Jemimah Kerenge, Director of Enkishon Indigenous Initiative, which helps Maasai communities in Kenya to acquire social and economic equality; and Casey Box, Director of Land is Life, a global support organization for indigenous communities around the world.
The internet’s promise as an open platform for free expression and assembly has come under increasing threat as governments, hate groups, terrorists, and multinational corporations have deployed sophisticated attacks against the operations and legitimacy of civil society organizations, journalists, researchers, and human rights defenders. Some responses have emerged to combat…
The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity has launched a new public interest cybersecurity clinic dedicated to providing services to politically vulnerable organizations—including media outlets, human rights groups, and non-government organizations—that are at risk of cyberattacks. Similar to public-interest clinics in law and medicine, the “Citizen Clinic” will train teams of students to provide assistance to organizations that face online threats from governments, hate groups, and other politically motivated adversaries.
A new report published by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) details how media outlets, human rights groups, NGOs, and other politically vulnerable organizations face significant cybersecurity threats—often at the hands of powerful governments— but have limited resources to protect themselves. The paper, “Defending Politically Vulnerable Organizations Online,” by CLTC Research Fellow Sean Brooks, provides an overview of cybersecurity threats to civil society organizations targeted for political purposes, and explores the ecosystem of resources available to help these organizations improve their cybersecurity.
On April 18, 2017, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity was honored to welcome Ron Deibert, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, for a lunch seminar presentation entitled “Cyber Espionage and Civil Society: A Silent Epidemic.” The…