Securing Our Digital Future: Safeguarding Privacy and Empowering Rural Communities

Hybrid: Zoom and Chiredzi-Tichadya Primary School, Zimbabwe, 12 October 2023 to 21 October 2023, 07:00 to 03:00 UTC

Hosted by Internet Society Zimbabwe Chapter

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We are excited to take this year’s event to the lowveld, in Chiredzi, where we will be focusing on digital security and privacy. This event aims to bring together individuals from both urban and rural areas to raise awareness about the importance of strong encryption and its impact on our daily lives.
The purpose of this event is to educate and empower participants, particularly those from rural communities, about the significance of safeguarding their online communications. We believe that everyone, regardless of their location, should have access to the knowledge and tools necessary to protect their digital privacy.
The Goals of the event are as follows:
1. To Promote Strong Encryption: We aim to highlight the fundamental role of strong encryption in ensuring the safety of our online and offline communications. By emphasizing its importance, we strive to foster a culture of digital security among participants.

2. Inclusivity of Rural Populace: By organizing this event in Chiredzi, away from the capital, we aim to be inclusive of rural communities. We recognize the unique challenges they face in accessing information and resources related to digital security. Our goal is to bridge this gap and empower rural participants with the knowledge and skills needed to protect their privacy.

3. To Raise Awareness: Through informative sessions, interactive discussions, and practical demonstrations, we seek to raise awareness about the threats faced by end-to-end encryption and the potential consequences of weakening digital safety. We aim to inspire participants to become advocates for strong encryption and to actively protect their privacy online.

4. To Encourage Collaboration: This event will provide a platform for individuals, organizations, and stakeholders to come together, share experiences, and collaborate on initiatives that promote digital security. We believe that by fostering collaboration, we can collectively work towards a safer digital future for all.