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[liberationtech] TechChange Online Certificate Course in Digital Safety

Nick Martin nick at
Wed Jul 22 05:44:41 PDT 2015

Hi Liberation Tech Folks,

We're offering a new course in the Basics of Digital Safety
<> that
might be of interest to some of you. There are a few spots left so register

This course will explore topical issues like the hacking team hack
<> and
other security breaches and reflect on how NGOs and government agencies can
better protect data and privacy of users.

We're also looking for a few additional exerts to join Norman and Robert in
giving guest presentations about a relevant topic to the class. Let us know
if you're interested.




Basics of Digital Safety
August 17th- September 11th
Course Description

In our digitally connected world, new risks to our data and privacy have
emerged. Governments are using technology to attack infrastructure and
surveil its own citizens. How do you ensure that your data and beneficiary
data are safe?

Understanding information communication technology infrastructure is just
as important as understanding technology tools and strategies for digital
safety. We will cover a broad range of topics to provide a strong
understanding the fundamentals of digital safety and digital security.

This four week online certificate course will focus on building knowledge
and strategies to ensure your digital safety. Each week will feature an
interactive risk assessment exercise to develop a key skill to protecting
your data and beneficiary data. It will also feature live interactive guest
expert presentations and include a unique hands-on learning environment
with animated videos, technology demos, practical activities, networking
events, immersive simulations and more.
Course Topics and Featured Tech

*Intro and Safety Basics: *Overview of risk assessments, understand how the
Internet and computer networks function, and some key skills (e.g.,
creating good passwords)

*Mobiles:* Overview of how mobile networks function and specific risks from
mobile usage

*The Human Factor: *Introduction to social engineering, privacy and

*Advanced Topics: *End-to-end encryption and secure communication
Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

   - create a risk assessment that considers digital security, aspects of
   physical security, and psychosocial factors
   - critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge
   when working with technology for digital safety
   - connect relevant development theories to the technological strategies
   and tools discussed in the course
   - manage specific software platforms and tools for ensuring digital
   - design dynamic and effective strategies for using tools and
   platforms to improve digital safety
   - develop critical self-confidence for working with technology to
   address digital safety challenges

Course Methodology

   - This course is delivered entirely online over a period of four weeks.

   - This course features several live interactive expert presentations
   each week with leading practitioners, software developers, academics, and

   - Every live event is recorded and archived for you to watch later.

   - This course also features a unique hands-on learning environment with
   animated videos, technology demos, practical activities, networking events,
   office hours, participant presentations, immersive simulations, and more.

   - TechChange recommends budgeting a minimum commitment of 5-7 hours per
   week and scheduling time for the course around your existing obligations.

   - Participants will have access to all course content for at least 4
   months after course completion so the material can be completed and
   revisited later.

Facilitator Bios
Norman Shamas

Norman Shamas enjoys telling stories, whether in words, images, or numbers.
He has more than five years of teaching, online and in person, and
facilitation in the US and abroad. Norman is Director of Curriculum &
Pedagogy at TechChange and co-founder of Dev.IT, a new technology and
development community-driven organization. Previously, he acted as a data
architect and data wrangler to analyze foreign aid data at Creative
Associates International. He worked as a graduate student instructor at the
University of Minnesota, where he studied identity from theoretical, social
science, and policy perspectives. Norman has extensive experience in Israel
and the West Bank where he has worked as an archaeologist and led dialogue
groups. He speaks Hebrew and Persian and reads numerous dead languages.
Robert Guerra

Robert Guerra <> is a civil society
expert specializing in issues of internet governance, cyber security,
social networking, multi-stakeholder participation, internet freedom and
human rights. Robert is the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian based
organization that works with private industry and nongovernmental
organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy, secures
communications, information security, internet governance and internet
freedom. Robert collaborates with the Citizen Lab <>
 and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies
<> at the Munk School of Global
Affairs <> at the University of Toronto

Robert serves as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory
Committee (SSAC)
<>, Nominating
Committee (NomCom)
Ethos award panel
the Cross-Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition
Proposal on Naming Related Functions
Additionally he has participated as a member of the official Canadian
delegation at two UN World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS)

Course Price

   - *$345* if application and payment is submitted by *July 24, 2015*
      - *$395* if application and payment is submitted by *July 31, 2015*
      - *$445* if application and payment is submitted by* start of course*
      - Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us
      at info [at] <info at>.
      - If you are not happy with your course experience for any reason,
      TechChange is happy to offer you a full refund. Read more in the FAQ
      section <>.

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Nick Martin

Founder & CEO, TechChange

M 240 505 2324 | | @ncmart

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