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[liberationtech] Contextual security

frank at frank at
Sat Jun 7 16:39:25 PDT 2014

This is a very important piece. I just introduced into a thread on
Twitter. And this graph by you seem right on point:

While by no means the only grounded model for digital security, our
contextual security approach attempts to address a gap recognized by
researchers and practitioners alike: most digital security training is
ineffective. By asking organizers these questions before they start
learning about a new tool like GPG or Chatsecure or Tor, we hope
organizers and activists will begin to understand that software
solutions are only one piece of a larger puzzle in securing political
organizers and social movements. Digital security depends on a holistic
diagnosis of our communication practices, risks, and opportunities. The
activity shared above is one of many, and we hope it can be helpful in
your work.

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [liberationtech] Contextual security
> From: Seeta Peña Gangadharan <gangadharan at>
> Date: Mon, June 02, 2014 10:30 am
> To: Liberation Technologies <liberationtech at>
> Hash: SHA1
> Hi all,
> A couple of us stateside have been thinking about why "Johnny can't
> encrypt" in relation to social justice organizing and movements, and
> here's a blog post that outlines a few thoughts.
> It's penned by myself, Emi Kane, and Becky Hurwitz, and we ask
> U.S.-based organizers and activists to adopt a holistic approach when
> doing digital security. Inspired by a number of practitioners and
> thinkers in the space, we call this framework "contextual security."
> Would love to know if there are others thinking along these lines.
> Warm regards,
> Seeta
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> Seeta Peña Gangadharan, PhD
> Senior Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute
> New America Foundation
> 199 Lafayette St., #301
> New York, NY 10012
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