Get Technology Together C.I.C. (GTT) is an outreach community educator promoting the benefits of using digital technology and help train adults to use devices effectively and safely. Many people are afraid of using their technology because of the fear of becoming a victim of crime. Information about the risks and advice on how to minimise the risk to yourself, your family and friends is readily available if you know where to look for it on the internet. GTT is a purpose driven organisation and urges everyone to participate and learn about cybercrime. Together we can be vigilant, support each other and achieve results.
GTT needs your help
GTT has built up a wealth of experience since its start up. Weekly community digital access points, tutor reports, and case studies reveal numerous examples of people needing help and, in some cases, profoundly serious security issues.
Everyone uses technology differently, depending on their needs and interests: Men, women, elderly, young adults, parents, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and migrants. To develop a comprehensive snapshot of citizen risks a dialogue across the demographic spectrum is needed.
GTT has been working with volunteer or community organisations holding monthly workshops to explore different aspect of cybercrime crime prevention. The project has now finished and the reports from each workshop are summarised in the articles below. If you are interesting in continuing exploring this issue please contact GTT and join the regular weekly GTT Academy sessions.
Cybercrime Prevention Hour Workshop Reports
- The “New Normal” be confidence or be frightened the choice is yours.
- The GTT Cybercrime Prevention Hour aims to build confidence by holding monthly workshops.
- GTT Cybercrime Prevention Hour launch workshop explores Cybercrime risk learning together
- World wide web: Peeking behind the scenes
- Managing Cybercrime Risks by using risk management tools
- Protecting our Routers and Networks
- Protecting your devices from malware
- Individual behaviour and human error affects our exposure to cybercrime risk
Why is it important to work together?
Since the COVID 19 health crisis citizens have become much more reliant on using online services and consequently the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime have significantly increased. It has been observed that there is an increased motivation for those lacking in skills and confidence to seek help.
Organisations are developing new ways of working with community because of the lockdown, like many other organisations, it has moved services from face to face delivery to providing support remotely using communication applications. Video conferencing has become mainstream rather than being used by a minority business elite. Third sector organisations are more confident, and the wider public are becoming increasingly aware of video chat as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family however there is still a digital divide that exists in the UK and it is getting wider as a result of more essential services offered via the internet. Those that lack knowledge about the cybercrime risk are becoming increasingly more vulnerable consequently GTT is grateful that the West Yorkshire Police are supporting this project with Community Safety Funding in 2020.