About Us

Digital Shelter

Digital Shelter (DS) is a local initiative founded in March 2018 by human right defenders who are passionate about the intersection between technology and human rights in Somalia with the aim of promoting digital safety,
digital rights and inclusion and internet freedom in the growing digital civic space of Somalia.
DS sees a world where people are becoming increasingly connected through the Internet and digital tools which brings opportunities and threats particularly those who are using the internet to fight for cause such as human rights defenders, activists and bloggers.  

In Somalia, today, the internet has become the primary source of news and information as the number of internet users is increasing by the day with use of social media and the availability of digital devices such as smartphones.

Activists, HRDs, bloggers, and journalists now have a huge platform to advocate for their causes and beliefs because of the growing popularity of the internet. For instance, activists have effectively leveraged social media’s influence to topple oppressive governments,

Digital safety and security has become a global concern that the United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted resolutions in 2013,
which declared that “the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online.”

These resolutions have also been centered around digital privacy and access to anonymity.

In lights of this context, DS plays role in working around the following four thematic issues at grassroot and national level:-

1- Promoting Digital Safety: One of DS’s main purpose is to improve digital safety and respond to digital attacks against activists, journalists, bloggers and social media activists in Somalia by building their capacity with basic and advanced digital tools and the required skills to protect them themselves from the growing online attacks. 

2- Advocating for Digital Rights: DS believes that digital rights are just extensions of the traditional human rights like freedom of expression and the right to privacy. As our society increasingly conducts our lives and our work online, our digital rights, particularly the rights to privacy and freedom of expression, are becoming more important. DS engages in grassroot advocacy on understanding how our data is being used by the state and private companies. 

Moreover, DS focuses on raising public awareness on how internet giants such as Facebook and Google are using our personal data. Is it being handled fairly and carefully, or sold or even shared without our consent? 

3- Digital Inclusion: One of our key priority is to build digitally inclusive society in Somalia through capacity building program to ensure that the most underprivileged groups in our communities (women and youth)  have access to, and skills to use, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and are therefore able to participate in and benefit from today’s growing knowledge and information society 

4- Fighting for internet freedom: We advocate for absolute Internet freedom where digital rights of the citizens are protected, we fight for freedom of information including the right to Internet access, freedom from internet censorship, and net neutrality.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Digital Shelter wants to be the premier source of digital safety awareness and education in Somalia. We are envisioning a digitally inclusive society where digital rights of all citizens are respected and where activists, journalists, bloggers and social media communities

Our Mission

Our Mission

Digital Shelter is striving to expand digital civic space in Somalia through capacity building, research and advocacy programs aimed at empowering citizens on digital safety, digital rights & inclusion while at the same time advocating for internet freedom.

Our Goal

Our Goal

To promote equal access to the Internet for all individual in order to decrease the digital divide, as well as encourage a proper and healthy use of the internet while equipping our community with digital security tools to keep themselves safe as they navigate around the intent

Our Core Values

Our Core Values

  • Accountability
  • Integrity 
  • Honesty
  • Responsible
  • Creativity
  • Reliability
Our work

Our work

  • Digital Safety Trainings 
  • Security Management 
  • Hands-On practical solutions on digital safety for HRDs, Journalists and Bloggers
  • Public awareness on digital rights
  • Advocacy on internet freedom, privacy rights and internet policies