Open Briefing and 110 other civil society organisations concerned with internet freedom and digital security have published an open letter to Facebook urging it to continue to increase the end-to-end security of its messaging service despite government demands to undermine encryption.
Open Briefing is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a major grant by the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, non-profit foundation that is funded primarily through an annual allocation from the US Congress.
Open Briefing is dedicated to fostering the safety and resilience of human rights defenders and other civic actors around the world. The climate emergency and ecological breakdown will drastically worsen the situation for our beneficiaries and target populations as well as for ourselves and our families. We must be a radical part of the solution.
As the term for the current UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders comes to an end, Open Briefing and 130 partners around the world have published a checklist for the selection and appointment of Michel Forst’s successor.
Open Briefing can now refer organisations and activists we are supporting to the Access Now digital security helpline. This 24/7 support service is available in nine languages and is free-of-charge for civil society around the world. If you are at risk, they can help you improve your digital security practices; if you are already under attack, they provide rapid-response emergency assistance.
Over 150 organisations have come together to combat the global crackdown on civic space. Coalition members include big players, such as Greenpeace International, Save the Children and Oxfam International; our colleagues in the protection ecosystem; and civil society organisations across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Together, we aim to secure crucial short- and long-term victories to increase civil society’s resilience to attacks and reclaim civic space.
On World Humanitarian Day this year, we recognise and honour in particular women humanitarians. Often the first to respond and the last to leave, these unsung heroes are working on the front lines in some of the most difficult contexts. To celebrate the undying contribution made by women humanitarians, we would like to highlight the amazing women who are part of the Open Briefing family.
Open Briefing is delighted to announce that we have become a voting member of CIVICUS. This global alliance of over 8,000 civil society organisations and activists in 175 countries is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Open Briefing and CIVICUS share a belief that when we join forces in our diversity, we build meaningful momentum to tackle the challenges humanity faces. As a voting member, we will input into the alliance's strategic priorities and play a leadership role in key activities.