Digital security tools have evolved in response to the multiple, varied challenges that human rights defenders face in extreme environments, but having these technical solutions alone is not sufficient. Security tools must also be easy and simple to understand, welcoming users from diverse backgrounds and technical skill levels.
Any tool, no matter how secure, leaves a user insecure if left unused, or if used insecurely. Adding a strong usability component to digital security tools reduces the risk of human error, but more importantly it unlocks the potential of real scale.
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