ACTIVISM IN THE DIGITAL ERA
Africans Rising organized the Activism in the Digital Era programme to empower African
activists by building their digital resilience and equip them with technical tools and resources to
safeguard their digital space.
In this 3 days course program, activists obtained an intensive training on Digital Security,
Activism in the Digital Era and will met some of the most tactical and resourceful activists from
the continent that have used the internet effectively to advance Human Rights, democracy and
The training was held at the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation in Arusha,
Tanzania in collaboration with Nothing2Hide, an organization which purpose is to help people to
protect their information and communication.
The training was held in 2 different session which covered both Anglophone and Francophone
participants. The French session was held from 20th to 22nd November and the English was held
from 26th to 28th November, 2018.
The programme hosted a total of 23 participants consisting of Journalist, Activists and Lawyers
selected from 12 African countries and was facilitated by Jean-Marc Bourguignon who has been
working in field of digital security for several NGOs and international organizations for the past
Participants were taken through various ways to be protected online. The programme which was
coupled with practical empowered the participants on various software & hardware needed to
protect their information and communication online.
Below are comments and suggestions from participants.
NB: Comments are unedited and included in this report as submitted by the participant.
The Digital Security training 2018 was a phenomenon workshop that combined different Digital
security and internet package programs under competent facilitators from Africans Rising and
Nothing 2 Hide organizations.
The training unlocked my mind and the aim of applying digital security in the activism activities
at both local and global level particularly in developing countries like Tanzania, where there is
highly banning of activism activities around the country from the respective authorities.
– Peter Mmbando, Tanzania
Thank you for for the training it was such an important session, and it play an important role in
my career of activism and it's also give me exposure to meet other young people to learn and
share experience among us.
But will also like to recommend in terms of organising training for young people who are just
startup and have financial challenges to see in how to help in terms of transportation or even give
allowances after the training because it was really challenging to come and attend the training as
far as am concerned I was not able to get fund for my ticket from any government institutions
that I have to fund myself. Which I find very difficult
– Aminata Jallow, Gambia
I greatly appreciate the opportunity I was given of participating in the Activism and Digital Era
I learned a lot of new skills and they will be definitely be useful in my course of work, for
example the use of VPN will help me in keeping myself secure with my content whenever I am
sending whistleblowing email and other critical information.
Also the tools to help us record information and verify it's authenticity will be vital for me while
I gather information for publication.
The other take home I took was a conviction of organizing a training on same tools with support
from N2H so that I equip more human rights activists and journalist with the same skills.
My suggestions on how to make the next training better is to ensure there are enough laptops for
every participant so that the trainees can lively experiment whatever will be taught to them since
in our program we did not all have computers/laptops to test all the tool.
I understand some participants come from distant African countries so it is usually costly for
individual to finance their travels therefor I suggest that the next training are located around
different regions of Africa or transport is provided for participants.
Otherwise the training is so relevant to overcome the challenges activists are facing in Africa.
– Kiiza Saddam Hussein, Uganda
First of all I want to thank very sincerely, Africans Rising and her partner Nothing2 Hide for
organizing these very important meeting.
This has effectively built us on good practices that can guarantee the safety of activists on the
Internet but also in the use of computer equipment. It has been made available to us new tools
(application, website, software) which, once used properly can reduce the security precariousness
of activists on the Net. In terms of suggestion I suggest that Africans Rising make some
computers available to enable learners to follow the training that requires theory and practice at
the same time. Some of us who do not have computer tools and it did not allow a facility of
– Jedida Mabela, DR Congo
Salut chers organisateurs c'est avec plaisir de communiquer avec vous l'expérience vécu à
arusha.le contenu de la formation était bonne, on a eu des connaissances qui vas nous servir
durant le long de votre activité en tant que activistes seul votre absence et la manque des affiches
ainsi que les kits.
Mais je vous assure que le formateur à fait son mieux.
Une autre Chose la communication n'était pas bonne car vous aurez du nous avertir d'amener des
ordinateurs car il nécessité.
Pour les suggestions
Nous sollicitons communiquer en français avec vous .en fin une autre formation de remise à
niveau serait un atout.
Dans l'attente d'une suite pour les prochaines directives de vos actions
– Anloui Said, Comoros
I thank you for all your efforts that made the training effective. I personally enjoyed the rich
content of this training. With a trainer at the height and very pragmatic.
I would have really liked to meet Africans Rising members, but it was not possible.
I know it's not easy to organize such activities that require a lot of funds. But you did your best.
And I congratulate you for that.
In terms of advice for future activities, make the effort not to rush things too fast. We were in the
uncertainty of the trip and we had a lot of trouble for the visa.
Thank you again and I hope to meet you at a future activity.
– Kouachi Jules Kouachi, Ivory Coast
I am grateful that I was one of the participants of the activism in the digital era workshop. The
experience I gained from the workshop will impact my work by improving my digital awareness
and internet safety, besides sharing the knowledge with my network to secure our information
and means of communications.
– Yasser Adam, Sudan
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in this training.
The training was an eye opener to me in terms of the activism work. In regard to my work as a
follow up I will do the following:
• First I will impart the knowledge I gained with some activists as a starting point in a
small way. From the training I discovered that ass activists we are very vulnerable from
the use of internet, gadgets hence easily targeted and victimized
• Change the use of my internet applications such skype, Gmail, and goggle based on the
tips I got from the training.
For future trainings my suggestions are:
• The training should be more practical than just presentations as the training was more
• Facilitator must be more familiar with English for easy explanation of some technical
• Important to include a TOTs training which can form as a pool of trainers in Africa.
• More period may be considered let’s say two weeks as this is a more technical program.
• With the programme give chance to activists to share their experiences.
• Establish and consolidate a solid group for activists training in these areas.
• Support follow ups for activists trained.
Thank you once again, it was great being part of this very useful training.
Africa is Rising Indeed.
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