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- Gender and Technology Institute, Berlin + (In order to plan the engagement with commu … In order to plan the engagement with communities, training methodologies, curricula, contents and the security measures that should be adopted for the organisation of the GTI, an international kick off meeting was organised in October 2014. It was attended by 21 WHRD, women net activists and digital security trainers, who presented their experiences in relation to gender, security and privacy, and brainstormed about methodologies and session planning to prepare the agenda. The interaction with the selected participants, criteria for selection and how to ensure their safety before, during and after the GTI were also addressed. Finally, creating a safe space and an atmosphere of wellbeing and relaxation during the event was also discussed in-depth. Our evaluations of applications used a data audit appraisal to check their suitability to the aims of the institute and the ideal-types of participants defined in our call. The data audit was achieved in two rounds, one first step was applied checking for their legibility and enabling us to extract a more reduced pool of motivated and adequate potential candidates. In the second step another set of criteria was applied in order to ensure as much diversity as possible among participants. Some of the criteria used were: Living and/or working in the global South, acting as a social change agent, being connected to different type of communities, networks and organisations, english fluency, motivation to apply, experience with training, digital security and privacy tools. The originality and uniqueness of the applicant experience, inasmuch as the soundness and consistency of the application were also evaluated. The second set of criteria consisted in achieving as much cultural diversity as possible among geographical areas (MENA, sub Saharan, post-Soviet states, South & South-East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean region), among various gender based identities, among activists and representatives of an organisation and among types of organisations (aims and target audiences). Organisations, informal networks and individuals with a demonstrated grassroots reach were prioritised. Whenever possible, and dependent on availability of secure communication channels, the GTI preparation included for all invited participants a skills and learning needs assessment. Some of the information gathered dealt with: Basic computer and/or mobile phone habits, technical knowledge, contextual, cultural and social information, perceived threats to digital security, and information about any attacks participants could have been subjected in the past. We complemented these with peer to peer conversations between facilitators and future participants. This type of personalized attention proved to be especially important in creating trustful relationships with new participants who had never worked with Tactical Tech, or had never joined a training, traveled abroad or felt more shy about spending time with strangers. Even though highly time consuming, it provided important outcomes by helping to remove possible barriers and fears, setting expectations, experimenting directly with new means of communication and overall, by involving as soon as possible the trainee in co-owning her training process. The methodological framework adopted during the GTI was based on the basic principles of adult learning. Most specifically the ADIDS method that stands for Activity-Discussion-Input-Deepening-Synthesis which is frequently used in awareness-raising workshops on specific social issues. For digital safety training, which mixes both awareness-raising on issues and teaching technical and strategic solutions, the ADIDS methodology is a good fit. Finally, this approach was complemented with a feminist approach engaging with long time methods, such as shaping safe spaces, understanding ones privileges, putting attention on power and inequitable relationships, creating nurturing and inclusive processes for reflexion, exchanges and learning. More specifically feminists critics and perspectives of technology and how women are already self-including themselves in those fields were transversally addressed during the GTI. Because of that almost all facilitators were women already engaged for a long time in using, developing and training others to technologies.oping and training others to technologies.)