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Rights Action Lab

The Rights Action Lab is focused on building the capabilities of three Tibetan civil society organizations (CSOs) so they can better respond to emergency response situations quickly and effectively. To achieve this, Rights Action Lab will build local capacity, create needed infrastructure, and institutionalize a digital security environment and culture at selected CSOs. They are working in partnership with Citizen Lab.

Funding to date

2017
2018
$50 678
$244 051
12 months
24 months
Total funding: 
$294 729
Core issues: 
Access to the Internet Awareness of access Privacy enhancement Security from danger or threat online
Current project status
  • Just an Idea (Pre-alpha)
  • It Exists! (Alpha/Beta)
  • It's basically done. (Release)
  • People Use It. (Production)
Objectives
Research
Technology development
Software or hardware development
Training
Beneficiaries
General public
Women
Youth
Sexual minorities
Ethnic minorities
Activists
Journalists
Advocacy groups/NGOs
Academia
Technologists
Entrepreneurs
Government
Other
Addressed problems
Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)
Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
Policies, laws, or directives that increase surveillance, censorship, and punishment
Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
Prohibitive cost to access the Internet
Technology focus
Other