Ground Safe

Assessing the digital security needs and practices of human rights defenders in Africa, MENA, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) are being targeted by growing numbers of digital attacks, making effective digital security practices more important than ever. The Ground Safe report, produced by the OPTF in collaboration with key partners, presents the current state of digital security threats facing HRDs — and the knowledge and skills needed to counter them. Based on this analysis, the report makes recommendations for improving digital security knowledge and practice on the ground.

Read the full report below.

Participate and share your experiences

We are very interested in having journalists, activists and public interest lawyers contribute to our research. If you are interested, please contact us.


The OPTF builds open-source, metadata-free communications tools and apps that defend privacy in the digital world.

Our major technologies and tools include the onion-routed Lokinet and the metadata-free private messaging app Session.

Indonesian Association for Media Development – Perhimpunan Pengembangan Media Nusantara (PPMN) is a non-profit organization set up to develop media professionalism and expand information access in Indonesia, and other countries in Asia, by building the capacity of national and local media.

ASL19, Farsi for Article 19, is a technology group working towards practical responses for online access to information challenges. Our work helps citizens assert their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information.


Blueprint for Free Speech is non-profit charity that works internationally to promote the right to freedom of expression without undue interference or intrusion. Our research and advocacy strive to defend Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which asserts the right to freedom of opinion and expression for all people.

EngageMedia is a non-profit media, technology and culture organisation.

EngageMedia uses the power of video, the Internet and open technologies to create social and environmental change. We harness old and new media to assist movements challenge social injustice and environmental damage, as well as to present solutions.