An unfortunate number of women are becoming victims of cyber crimes. According to a recent study, more women are known to use the Internet to enrich their relationships compared to men. Young women, those 18-24, experience certain severe types of harassment at disproportionately high levels: 26% of these young women have been stalked online, and 25% were the target of online sexual harassment. The growing reach of the Internet and the rapid spread of information through mobile devices has presented new opportunities that could put some women at risk, so it’s important to be mindful of the dangers.
The Uganda communications commission (UCC) acquired equipment to set up the central equipment identity register (CEIR) a database that contains a list of IMEIs of mobile terminals which are active in the mobile network, according to The New Vision newspaper. IMEI is an abbreviation of International Mobile Equipment Identity, a unique number used to identify mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone, but can also be displayed on-screen on most phones by entering *#06# on the dial pad, or alongside other system information in the settings menu on smart phone operating systems.
The DSA is a coalition of organisations and individual digital security experts working towards securing the digital assets of the civil society, human rights defenders, journalists and other activists in the face of threats posed by powerful corporations, unscrupulous criminals, state and other nonstate actors. The DSA seeks to pool IT and IT security resources from individuals and organisations to build IT security capacity in the civil society sector.
The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Defenders Protection Initiative has organised a digital security webinar that is designed to engage and educate public and CSO partners to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, to share experiences and solutions to trending cyber insecurity.
Defenders protection initiative is committed to re-enforcing the resilience of Human Rights Defenders against digital/cyber attacks. Following a survey to assess the digital security posture of civil society organisations in Uganda, DPI organised #DigiSecCon17; The Digital Security Conference 2017, themed, “Why should Civil Society in Uganda Worry” that was held in Kampala at the Serena Conference Centre, on the 8th of September 2017.