Why we do it
The rise of Web 2.0 technologies and the increasing popularity of user-level tools and services have been important for marginalised communities because they create greater opportunities for self-publishing and dynamic information sharing. They are important for rights advocates as they begin to open up new channels for outreach and techniques for campaigning. The proliferation of mobile phones is also opening up opportunities for organising and engagement in ways that were previously unimaginable. As each of these technologies is taken up, they become increasingly interlaced: Mobile phones feed into websites; websites become radio stations. The offline world and the online world begin to interconnect.
Just as each new technology has the potential to bring new opportunities and freedoms, they also present new challenges, difficulties and forms of suppression – from new forms of censorship to threats to privacy. This issue is extremely important for advocates who handle sensitive information in hostile environments and for marginalised communities for whom technology can be a 'double-edged sword' as it carries the potential to both liberate and further marginalise.
Tactical Tech believes that for people to be able to act on issues that affect their lives, they must have access to accurate information and the means and freedoms to respond to this information. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Individuals - especially those from marginalised communities - often lack the means to access and create information. Restrictions on political freedom, technical capacity and infrastructure, limit participation in many regions of the world.
Tactical Tech exists to make sure that they can take full advantage of these opportunities.