Queer in digital spaces
Queer in digital spaces is a project elaborated by Mawjoudin and Damj from Tunisia with the partnership of Mosaic , Helem FROM Lebanon , Meshat from Egypt and Aman space from Jordan during the first meeting held in Cyprus organised by IWPR .
Our objectives were to raise awareness about digital security within the queer community in the mentioned countries and to highlight the risks of the proliferation of hate crimes and the cyber-violence in social media .thus; we have published a survey aiming to understand and to study these issues. The data collection was conducted in March and April 2020 from 238 individuals who are part of sexual and or gender minorities, aged between -18 and 54 years old and residing in 4 countries: Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
The data collection was made via an online survey on Jotform platform. After dropping the duplicated responses, the number of held inputs was updated to 235 entries. All the different distributions presented in the following report as well as the data analysis were held on the updated entries.
The gathered data covered 28 questions subdivided into 3 modules: introduction questions, Digital Security questions and Cyber violations questions. Among the questions, there are single choice ones, multiple choices ones and an open response question. The study is available in two languages: Arabic and English .adding to that, we have organized 2 online workshops on digital security tools: the first one was for 15 participants residing in Tunisia and the second one was targeting queer persons in Egypt Lebanon Jordan and Sudan. We produced an advocacy video based on the survey outputs, to be used in the campaign. And in the beginning of the month of September we have launched our social media campaign in the 4 countries on our virtual pages and groups.
How Can We Make our Passwords Stronger?
Length: Characters are a highly recommended minimum for strong passwords, and 15 up tp 20 characters is even better.
Complexity: use a password that’s alpha-numeric, using upper and lower case letters, with a generous mix of numbers and special characters.
Changed Regularly: regularly change your passwords, particularly for your most sensitive accounts, and definitely change them if you receive an authenticated (not phishing) email telling you that a particular internet user has had access to your accounts and passwords .
Using passphrases :(imagine several passwords strung together into a “sentence” or phrase) is another example of a strong password practice – here are a few examples:
SayNoToQueerphOiA (“Say no to Queerphobia”)
WeDidn’tCrOssBoRdErSBordErsCroSsedUs (We didn’t cross borders, borders crossed us)
More than half of the people who filled out the survey confirmed not reporting the cyber-incident to the police.
The most common reasons are:
– The fear of being detained because of to the laws criminalizing Homosexuality and non normative gender identities .
– The lack of trust in the police.
– Fear of being outed.
– The police won’t take the incident seriously.
Harm from cyber-attacks extends beyond the attack itself!
Cyber-attacks create harm that can be range from physical, economical, societal and psychological..
95% of respondents reported cyber-attacks affected them psychologically.
62% of the 238 queer people who filled the survey in Tunis, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt reported being victims of cyber-attacks and cyber-bullying. These violations include hacking, online harassment, online hate speeches, and forced outing. This clearly shows that the queer community is at risk and is exposed to the threats of cyber-attacks.
We support safer online spaces for everyone everywhere!
Stay tuned for a highlight of the most interesting data we have gathered from our survey conducted to study the situation of the digital security of the queer community and to understand the cyber-violations they are undergoing in Tunisia , Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.
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