Digital Security


  • Keywords:
  • Countering Disinformation
  • Media Literacy
  • Digital Security
  • Disinformation
  • Fact-checking
  • Resilience
  • Open Data
  • Digital Activism
  • False narratives
  • OSINT (open-source intelligence)
  • Organizational resilience
  • Languages:
  • English
  • English
Disinformation can spread like fire in today's digital age. To mitigate the threat, the TechSoup Guide on Digital Tools for Countering Disinformation equips activists and CSOs with a range of digital tools to identify, analyze, and counter disinformation effectively.The rapid spread of disinformation threatens societies worldwide. This free-of-charge guide is tailored for activists and CSOs, providing practical knowledge and tools, to navigate and combat digital falsehoods. Whether you're a novice or an expert in countering disinformation, the guide offers valuable insights and step-by-step instructions for everyone.Why is it worth using the Guide on Digital Tools for Countering Disinformation?Head to the guide to get:Comprehensive Tool Overview: Detailed descriptions of tools across various categories, such as social media monitoring, image and video analysis, or cybersecurity.Practical Usage Examples: Real-world scenarios demonstrating how to leverage these tools effectively.User-Friendly Guidance: Step-by-step instructions to ensure tools are accessible to all skill levels.Expert Recommendations: Curated selection based on relevance, effectiveness, and practicality, prepared by TechSoup Experts and Partners.✅🔗 See it for yourself! Dive into the guide and arm yourself with knowledge to promote and protect truth, and accuracy in the digital information space! Download the Guide here!
  • Keywords:
  • Media Literacy
  • Digital Security
  • Digital well-being
  • Resilience
  • Languages:
  • Keywords:
  • Countering Disinformation
  • Digital Security
  • Disinformation
  • Digital well-being
  • Communication
  • Languages:
  • English
Guardian Project creates easy-to-use secure apps, open-source software libraries, and customised solutions that can be used around the world by any person looking to protect their communications and personal data from unjust intrusion, interception and monitoring.


YOU ASKED: Has South Africa’s public works programme created 14 million jobs in 20 years?

With unemployment in South Africa at 32.1%, most political parties have been keen to talk up their ability to create jobs ahead of the May 2024 elections. But do the ruling ANC’s triumphant claims about a flagship programme stand up to scrutiny?

Duduzile | 3 min read | Jun 21, 2024

Paid influencers and sockpuppets drove social media campaign targeting South African banks

In April 2021, a coordinated campaign targeting two South African banks surfaced on Twitter. While superficially taking aim at systemic racism in South Africa’s banking sector, beneath the #RacistBanksMustFall hashtag’s altruistic veneer were the vested interests of Sekunjalo Independent Media, owners of South Africa’s third largest news organization.

DFRLab | 9 min read | Apr 24, 2024

Beyond the ballot: Key takeaways from the Electoral Integrity Dialogue

The Electoral Integrity Dialogue explores the significant role of electoral integrity in South Africa and the various measures to guarantee a fair, just, and transparent electoral process. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) plays a crucial role in ensuring electoral integrity and preventing any fraudulent activities, manipulations, coercion, or other irregularities that could potentially undermine the legitimacy of the election results. Izak Minnaar highlighted that the IEC is an independent body with the responsibility of ensuring that the electoral process is conducted in a transparent and impartial manner. This includes overseeing the voter registration process, the voting process, and the announcement of election results, among other things.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 4 min read | Apr 11, 2024

Government official monetized racial tensions on South African social media

Twitter account linked to a member of South Africa’s third largest political party baited racial tensions to monetize traffic to his website

DFRLab | 11 min read | Mar 28, 2024

Fact diplomacy: Telling friends and family they’re wrong without ruining the party

As our experience in Kenya shows, Africa Check’s Fact Ambassador programme has boosted our multi-tentacular approach to fighting false information online and offline.

Duduzile | 4 min read | Dec 30, 2023

A cover girl? Not so fast. How a fact-checker almost got scammed and how you can avoid a similar fate

At Africa Check we’re no strangers to uncovering scams. We’ve written extensively about job scams, conference scams, and medical scams and even took a deep dive into a particularly bizarre scam involving a spiritual white boy, South African business exec Tokyo Sexwale, and a missing R41 quadrillion.

Duduzile | 8 min read | Dec 30, 2023

The good, the bad and the ugly: we rate South African government websites

South Africans have the right to access government information, so it’s important that agency and department websites work well. Africa Check’s researchers review these sites – from the excellent (looking at you, Stats SA) to the poorly organised and the downright ugly.

Duduzile | 9 min read | Dec 30, 2023

Panel Discussion: Countering Disinformation Masterclass

The panel discussion explored how disinformation can influence elections and democratic processes, evaluate propaganda and fake news, how communities can strengthen digital resilience in response to future trends, how to strike a balance between freedom of expression and disinformation, and various strategies that can be employed in South Africa to rebuild trust in media and institutions. It showcased various countries where disinformation campaigns aimed to manipulate voter perceptions and sway election outcomes. Participants gained valuable insights from subject matter experts Azola Dayile and Tshepiso Hadebe into effective countermeasures employed by activists, journalists, and electoral bodies. The COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed an infodemic and a proliferation of misinformation and disinformation. Participants learned how scientific experts, health organisations, and fact-checkers have debunked falsehoods, ensuring accurate information reaches the public.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 3 min read | Sep 27, 2023

Fake News Won’t Last: countering the damage of LGBTQI+ disinformation

Disinformation and online manipulation is a widespread issue, targeting a number of minority groups based on gender, sexual expression, race, age, and more. In light of the rise in politically driven attacks on the rights of LGBTQI+ persons, it's critical to counter disinformation in order for them to receive treatment for physical and mental health, sex reassignment procedures, and have safer spaces in schools and communities.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 8 min read | Jun 6, 2023

The war on privacy: how to fight back with digital safety

The internet has taken the globe by storm for the past 30 years, and it’s almost impossible to imagine the world without it. Digital privacy can be at risk without the proper online precautions in place.

Sibongile Ndlovu | 6 min read | May 17, 2023

Challenges for "likes" or death.

It has become increasingly common to read news on the internet where young people participate in viral challenges that have harmful consequences for their health or even for the rest of their lives and those of their families.

MAKAIA | 10 min read | Aug 1, 2022

4 Types of Phishing Attacks

Phishing is among the biggest cyber threats facing organizations. According to Proofpoint’s 2021 State of the Phish Report, more than 80% of organizations fell victim to a phishing attack last year.

Hive Mind | 3 min read | May 25, 2022

Why reading Facebook’s Community Standards is a Worthwhile investment of your Time

Value, nowadays, comes in lots of different forms. We have traditional ones, such as time, power, security, health, and money. However, there is another, new form of value which is not yet fully understood: digital information. In this article, our aim is to raise awareness about how Facebook affects us and our loved ones on a daily basis, and how not knowing our rights and the help we can receive open us up to potential harm in the cyberspace.

Mertek Media Monitor | 6 min read | Mar 23, 2022

Women, Violence and Disinformation

Social media platforms allow users to interact in a faster and easier manner. On one hand, this phenomenon helps establishing relationships and bonds beyond physical boundaries, leading to the exchange of information and content of all kinds. It is also not a secret that these platforms offer users tools for commercializing goods, products and services.

CIVIX Colombia | 4 min read | Jan 3, 2022