The Organiser’s Activity Book is a self-learning resource from Tactical Tech’s Data and Activism project. The book is a collection of playful exercises for organisers within civil society who work with the personal data of human rights defenders, investigators, campaigners, and others who are taking part in social or political action.
Organisers often have to work directly with personal data, or tools that create and collect personal data, whether it’s through mailing lists, on social media, during event planning, monitoring and evaluation, organising demonstrations, running petitions, and carrying out fundraising. While there are tools for individuals to protect their own privacy, there are also many reasons for organisers to consider the personal data they collect or create for others. However, it can be difficult for an organiser to know where to start within the available legal and technical guidance, and there is no single right or wrong answer, and each organiser will have a different final balance between their needs, the risks of those they work with, and which tools are available.
The Organiser’s Activity Book offers fun and engaging exercises to help organisers reflect and learn about the potential risks and benefits of using personal data. The activities will help you develop Your Data Policy: a practical and personalised data-use guide for individuals, organisations, or partnerships. The chapters in the book are accompanied with our how-to guide for evaluating data practices and creating a data policy, whether within a workshop or alongside a longer-term organisational review.
You can print it at home, or bring it up on your screen or phone and get some paper to do the activities in your own data policy notebook.
This project is a collaboration from Amber Macintyre, Ida Flik, Leil Zahra, Christy Lange, the excellent team at Tactical Tech, and our partnership organisations.
The Organiser’s Activity Book is based on our applied research project Data and Activism, examining the impact of data collection and profiling on human rights defenders, civil rights organisations, and networks.