Who We Are
The Information Safety & Capacity Project (ISC) provides advanced, sustained information security and capacity building assistance to civil society organizations, human rights activists, and independent media in countries where free expression, journalistic reporting, online communications, and advocacy are critical to societal liberalization and development but potentially risky to personal safety. The ISC Project provides mentoring and support services to assist stakeholders in securing their online and mobile communications, so that these platforms can be safely employed in support of civil society development and the protection of human rights. This may include assistance with attacks or forced closure of websites, the monitoring of email traffic and content, computer infection by malware and viruses, and recording of SMS/text messaging and mobile telephone conversations.
The project is framed by three main objectives:
Objective #1: Improve ICT security capacity of local partner organizations.
Objective #2: Engage with specialized audiences and marginalized populations through outreach and partnership development.
Objective #3: Foster the development of improved technology-based solutions to information security threats.
To meet these objectives, the ISC Project employs information technology experts worldwide who integrate advanced technical and country-specific knowledge to identify and support local partners in need of assistance. Such assistance can include the provision of licensed software, computer equipment, attack-resistant webhosting, information security training, and consultation on organizational best practices.
The ISC Project also facilitates the field testing and deployment of new information security tools as they become available, and coordinates knowledge and resource sharing across a network of international organizations working in the field of information security. Information on specific security challenges faced by local partners is shared with technology developers in order to facilitate the development of improved tools and systems in response to new emerging challenges. Ultimately, the ISC Project deploys and tests these new initiatives in select countries, creating a complete feedback loop focused on the development of improved tools and their benefit to local partners.
Project partners include stakeholders in almost 20 countries where challenges to online and mobile communications are most acute, including countries in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Based on the technical assistance provided, stakeholders are able to sustain better information security practices while communicating more effectively with their own partners.