The University of Clemson, South Carolina, and Internet Sans Frontières organizes a two  to five-days “Internet Freedom” training seminars for journalists, bloggers and human rights activists from the Gulf of Guinea or living in the Gulf of Guinea.
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  • The seminars will be offered free of charge to suitably qualified candidates.
  • These training seminars will teach participants technologies and counter-surveillance practices based on open source software, developed by Doctor Brooks and his team at the University of Clemson.
  • Participants will learn how to ensure the security of their communications on the internet, how to protect their privacy and how to avoid being followed on the net. Technologies such as Tor , I2P , Tails or GnuPG provide anonymous communication tools, but repressive governments use filtering systems on their networks to block access to these services.


  • Suitably qualified journalists, bloggers and human rights activists are requested to apply for places in these training seminars
  • The seminars will be held in French and English.
  • Any human rights or democracy activist currently active in the Gulf of Guinea who has a record of using the Internet to further the causes of democracy or human rights, and any journalist or social media activist who reports on respect of human rights or democracy is suitably qualified.
  • West Africans who develop counter-surveillance technologies for such activists are also suitably qualified.
  • Universities in the Gulf of Guinea region, which would like to participate in the project, and receive the support of Doctor Brooks and his team, are also invited.

How to Apply

  •  To get assess for the seminar, applicants are to send mail to [email protected] .
  • The email should be titled “Abidjan – Internet Freedom Training” if you wish to attend the training session in Abidjan that begins on May 12, 2014, or
  • Paris – Internet Freedom Training” if you wish to attend the training session beginning in Paris on June 2, 2014
  • or
  • Attach to your email a CV and a cover letter detailing your record in journalism, or as an activist blogger or user of social media, in defending human rights or democracy in the West Africa/Gulf of Guinea region.
  • Participants in the training sessions are strongly advised to bring their own personal portable computer with them.

Deadline: Applications for the Abidjan Internet Freedom seminar will be accepted until March 16, 2014, while that of Paris Internet Freedom seminar will be accepted until April 15, 2014.
Click here for details and to apply online