Loki Foundation

Defending the defenders

A global snapshot on digital security and privacy needs of journalists and activists.

A group of progressive privacy and digital rights organisations is conducting research into the current privacy and digital security needs of journalists, activists and public interest lawyers. The partners that make up this group are described below.

Your participation and input will help us identify gaps and needs, and enable privacy-tech and digital rights organisations to improve the way they support you and your work.

Data for this research project will be gathered through an online survey. We will also be conducting focus group interviews with selected participants to collect more detailed information.

Our findings will be published in a report that will help us understand the privacy-tech and security needs of journalists and activists. This will help us design strategies and tools to better protect you and others who work to promote human and environmental rights.

Participate and share your experiences

We are very interested in having journalists, activists and public interest lawyers contribute to our research. If you are interested, please contact us.

Thank you very much for contributing to this research. We hope to have the final report completed within three months, and we hope to publicise our findings through media outlets and other organisations. 

Data Declaration

  • The data collected through the survey forms does not require contact or identification details and the contribution is anonymous. 
  • This data will be accessed by representatives of the partner organisations for the sole purpose of facilitating the assessment and producing the report.
  • Once this data is collected, it will be used and accessed exclusively to produce the assessment report and to inform the decisions we make to improve the privacy and digital security of journalists and activists.
  • The data will be stored in a secure cloud drive or on an encrypted hard-drive belonging to a consortium partner.
  • The original data will be destroyed exactly two years following the production of our report.


The Loki Foundation builds open-source, metadata-free communications tools and apps that defend privacy in the digital world.

Our major technologies and tools include the onion-routed Lokinet and the metadata-free private messaging app Session.

Indonesian Association for Media Development – Perhimpunan Pengembangan Media Nusantara (PPMN) is a non-profit organization set up to develop media professionalism and expand information access in Indonesia, and other countries in Asia, by building the capacity of national and local media.

हैकरgram is a network of individuals and organizations that are actively involved in media, technology and social change work. We collaborate to enable, connect and document sustainable functional communities.

Our founding members include Environics Trust and MojoLab.

ASL19, Farsi for Article 19, is a technology group working towards practical responses for online access to information challenges. Our work helps citizens assert their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information.

Blueprint for Free Speech is non-profit charity that works internationally to promote the right to freedom of expression without undue interference or intrusion. Our research and advocacy strive to defend Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which asserts the right to freedom of opinion and expression for all people.

EngageMedia is a non-profit media, technology and culture organisation.

EngageMedia uses the power of video, the Internet and open technologies to create social and environmental change. We harness old and new media to assist movements challenge social injustice and environmental damage, as well as to present solutions.