Take Ctrl ⇧ Shift Habits is Out of The Box’s campaign on digital rights and Internet security. Our two-pronged approach ties together building awareness on digital rights and developing practical skills in improving Internet security for digital Filipinos. Ctrl and ⇧ Shift are keyboard keys found on most computers and are used to perform different tasks. While most digital users are familiar with keyboard shortcuts and other computer basics, this does not automatically mean that they are digitally literate.
The Ctrl^Shift campaign aims to upgrade Filipinos’ awareness of familiar digital concepts and practices to a heightened consciousness of their rights and security online. Such awareness will propel them to greater participation in public discussions on internet governance and digital rights. These are vital components of critical media literacy in the 21st century as reflected in OOTB’s Interrogate-Create-Participate framework.
This campaign is supported by Internews and USAID through the Greater Internet Freedom (GIF) program, a global initiative that aims to “enhance digital security for civil society and media organizations, engage citizens in internet governance debates, and advance human rights online.” Learn more about GIF at https://engagemedia.org/projects/greater-internet-freedom/
When we are alone with our devices—taking photos, liking and sharing posts, scrolling endlessly through our feeds—we may feel absolute control right at our fingertips. The internet and new media technologies are indeed empowering. They have enabled us to do so many things (seemingly) on our own terms.
Sure you probably don’t mind the little inconveniences like getting disconnected in the middle of a virtual call due to poor internet. But have you ever dealt with more complicated scenarios like getting your account shut down for no clear reason, or having your personal information publicly exposed? These are only a few common situations where one might feel at a loss for control over their digital lives. Learning to live with digital media means knowing how to defend our rights online and take Ctrl.
We enjoy so many things through the Internet, it has become a major source of entertainment and information, it’s our space to chat, to play and, now, even to shop! But how mindful are you of your media habits? Are you aware of the many ways that may compromise your security online?
Shifting habits is about taking practical steps to improve your overall Internet security. This may involve a few inconveniences like having to change your password regularly and double-checking your privacy settings when you post online. No change is easy, especially if what you’re trying to shift are your own habits. But, remember, doing something for the better is always worth the hassle.
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