Being a relatively young democracy in Asia, Taiwan’s free and open environment, as well as its developed infrastructure makes it a prospering hub for human rights defenders (HRDs) from across East and Southeast Asia to advance their work. Meanwhile, civil society in Taiwan has been at the geopolitical forefront combating authoritarian expansion in the region.

In the last five years, due to the rise of digital authoritarianism in Asia, these activists’ security has been increasingly threatened by digital surveillance. This digital repression has not received much attention given the lack of documentation, and there is a great need for localized digital-defense resources to support vulnerable communities.

To fill the gap, this project will identify existing digital security risks among HRDs, improve the preparedness of those who are particularly prone to digital attacks, and develop a capacity-building model for use on a broader scale.