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Report: Forging Careers in Human Rights Information Security Today

Aspiration has worked with and in support of information security trainers and capacity builders in the human rights sector for over a decade.

We have witnessed the growth of this community of practice from local to international levels, appreciating the opportunity to observe how the outcomes of the work of hundreds of practitioners worldwide have had a critical impact on the security, sustainability and efficiency of human rights organizations and individual activists.

Moving to new professional adventures

Beatrice

After leading Aspiration's Human Rights Technology Program for almost four years, I will move to a new professional adventure. From this month I will focus on new projects as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, exploring how Internet infrastructure and human rights interconnect.

Now, going into the more extended version of this note:

My years at Aspiration have been a terrific journey, during which I learned and grew heaps.

Is there a long term strategy in human rights technology?

Over the past decade, Aspiration has worked with a range of partners and allies across the human rights sector on a wide spectrum of technology projects and events.

During that time, we have observed a recurring dynamic. Most human rights technology efforts—whether responding to an incident and mitigating a specific threat, working on technology features and usability, or doing evaluation and risk assessment—tend to focus on short-term horizons and/or be reactive in nature.

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