Established in 2003, Tactical Tech is an international NGO working to enable the effective use of information for progressive social change. Our work is informed by the principles of freedom of expression and freedom of information and the need for transparency and accountability.


We are technologists, information designers, data and security experts, and human rights and environmental justice activists who share a passion for social change.


Our mission is to advance the skills, tools and techniques of rights advocates, empowering them to use information and communications to help marginalised communities understand and effect progressive social, environmental and political change.


We believe that when people have full awareness of the potential and perils of information and are able to create and share information effectively, they are able to bring about positive social change on the issues that matter to them.


Our work is divided into three key programme areas: Act, Reveal and Protect.  


Tactical Tech has a European Office, in Germany, and an Asian office, in India, and regional staff in South Africa, the UK, Jordan and the Philippines.


who we work with 


Most of our projects are carried out in close collaboration with partners, usually human rights groups and local, issue-focused NGOs, who work in the global south. These partnerships allow us to quickly adapt to new issue areas and to combine our broader experience and approach with our partners’ well grounded understanding of the issues and key actors. The scope of these partnerships depends on the length and area of engagement. Equally importantly, we have formed strategic partnerships within the nonprofit technology community. These alliances are usually formed when our goals overlap significantly with those of the partner organisations, or when we share a common style and approach.


See our Annual Report for 2010 -download our Annual Report 2010 (PDF).

See where we worked in 2009 - download our outreach map 2009 (PDF).


Some of our recent partners include:

Anti-Slavery International

Centre for Internet Society, India

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC)

Front line Human Rights Defenders

The N02ID Campaign

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The International POPs Elimination Network

Internews Europe, France

Save the Children

Twaweza, Tanzania

World Vision

Womens Network for Unity