Every month, 10 Ugandan bloggers meet to discuss social justice issues. The 10 bloggers meet to talk about different areas of concern as raised from activities by the various Connect Voices of citizen’s partners in Uganda. The bloggers then write stories that stream into the Social Justice blog.

These bloggers are Ruth Aine, Davidson Ndyabahiika, Edward Nimusiima, Ruth Adong,Ibrahim Batambuze, Ninno Jack Jr, Bernard Ewalu Olupot, Winnie Watera, Arinda Daphine,Robert Agenonga, Shanine Ahimbisibwe, Prudence Nyamishana and Karen Ihimbazwe.

The Bloggers are the forum that was held at the Uganda Museum
The Bloggers are the forum that was held at the Uganda Museum

This Forum values facts and the bloggers blog from an informed point of view. The subjects to look forward to for the month of March are Feminism and feminist struggles in Uganda,understanding power and patriarchy, importance of gender consciousness and Land rights; Internet rights, freedom of expression and online security in the face of dissenting voices.

It is important that bloggers keep themselves safe. Mr Kiggundu Mark, a guest from Defend Defenders led a discussion on online safety and device security. The bloggers had raised concerns on how to stay secure in the face of cracking down on dissenting voices now that they may step on toes. Mark advised anonymity for bloggers who may not want to be recognized for the particular stories that they’ve written.

Mr Kiggundu Mark, a guest from Defend Defenders talks to the bloggers
Mr Kiggundu Mark, a guest from Defend Defenders talks to the bloggers

On how to keep our devices secure to avoid loss of data, it is important to be careful with your device/laptop, to keep it safe and also to be sure to have a complex password; Mark emphasized regular scans and the use of an antivirus that possibly updates every day, installation of anti-malware programs and to update browsers often. He recommended Mozilla Firefox as the safest browser to use.

Mark also warned against using similar passwords for all your accounts, saying that if one accounts gets hacked, it is possible that all your accounts could be accessed; as it is a habit for most people to use similar passwords for all their social media accounts to phone applications, subscriptions, bank accounts with the argument that it is easy to forget passwords when you have too many of them different. He suggested the use of a password manager, an application that can be downloaded from the Google play store to help one in keeping all passwords; he personally uses the Google authentication.