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[liberationtech] 10 tips to share on data privacy day

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Sat Jan 28 08:19:56 PST 2017

From: ISOC - Internet Society <mailer at>

January 28 - Data privacy day

Last weekend, hundreds of thousands joined Women’s Marches in the US
and across the world. They stood up for their rights, and the rights
of everyone. We need to do the same on the Internet.

The Internet gives everyone a voice, but we need people to protect those voices.

Online harassment and cyber bullying are real. And, some groups, such
as women, are targeted more than others. Sadly, who you are affects
how you are treated by others online, as well as offline.

A powerful way to counter online abuse, threats and violence is to
share our knowledge with each other. So, to mark this year’s
International Data Privacy Day, the Internet Society would like to
share with you 10 tips to protect yourself and others online:

Know the terrain. The Internet is a powerful tool for communication.
Learn how to use the Internet, keep your eyes open for good and bad
actors, and make the most of what the Internet offers.

Keep your private life private. Keep your personal information
separate from your professional role. Use different personas for
different roles.

Protect communications. Use end-to-end encryption and two-factor
authentication for confidential communications.

Obscure your location. Remove location data from images and videos
before posting. Turn off application access to location. Don’t
disclose your location in public posts.

Guard your devices. They’re more precious than any jewels. Protect
them from both physical and digital tampering. Use encryption and
strong access credentials.

Prepare for an attack. Find allies and prepare a plan for dealing with
online harassment, doxing and other forms of abuse. Don’t feed the
trolls! They don’t deserve your attention.

Stand firm. Don’t let cyber bullies undermine what you are doing. Show
them you are not afraid. Others will stand with you. Be willing to ask
for help.

Beware of Trojan horses. Look out for spear-phishers. Check before
connecting with someone new. If something seems too good to be true,
it probably isn’t!

Lead. Share your experience with others. Let people know that you are
there to help.

Protect others. If you host user-generated content, prevent users from
posting derogatory or other abusive messages. Help remove personal
information that has been exposed to hurt someone. Report offenders

Share these tips with someone close to you!

And don’t sit by when you see abuse on social media. Offer a helping hand.

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