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Free Speech Cyber Protection Programme equips activists with defense against cyber attacks

The Yubico For Free Speech Programme has launched to equip the UK’s nonprofit organisations, activists and the at-risk populations they serve with hardware-backed cybersecurity protection, to allow them to safely continue their important work of protecting vulnerable populations most at risk of targeted cyber attacks.

The initiative is as part of a wider mission to make the internet safer for everyone, in a time when free speech and free press play a critical role in exposing injustice and inequality, and free speech is under attack in many ways and for many groups of people.

Yubico has previously partnered with nonprofit organisations like Freedom of the PressISC ProjectDefending Digital Campaigns, and the Human Rights Foundation to protect their work in digital privacy, online security, and free speech.

Harlo Holmes, Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press has said, “This new programme will make hardware tokens available to so many who have wanted to bolster their security, but couldn’t quite justify the expense”.

The programme is intended for:

  • Non-profit organisations that protect journalists, freelancers, and writers from doxing and other targeted attacks in an effort to uphold transparent, fair, and ethical reporting.
  • Human rights organisations and activist groups focused on ending racism, sexism, LGBTQ violence, domestic abuse, and other social justice issues around the world.
  • Bi-partisan networks that fight to preserve democratic integrity by securing political campaigns, political candidates, and election processes.

If you are with a nonprofit organisation that values free speech and defending human rights, you can apply for the programme here.