Access Now

Digital rights
for everyone.

Derechos digitales
para todas.

.الحقوق الرقمية للجميع

Droits numériques
pour tous.

Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of people and communities at risk. By combining direct technical support, strategic advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age.

Recent News & Updates

#StopSilencingPalestine
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine

17 May 2024

Access Now stands with the people of Gaza who are currently living under a complete siege imposed by the Israeli military, indiscriminate airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and the looming threat of a ground invasion that would cause further chaos and violence.

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Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
17 May 2024
Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023

15 May 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 internet shutdowns in 2023 — the highest number since 2016.

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The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
15 May 2024
The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023
STOP Methodology KeepItOn 2023
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

#KeepItOn: why we’re updating our internet shutdown tracking methodology 

15 May 2024

The #KeepItOn coalition has made some important changes to its STOP methodology for tracking internet shutdowns.

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#KeepItOn: why we’re updating our internet shutdown tracking methodology 
15 May 2024
#KeepItOn: why we’re updating our internet shutdown tracking methodology 
|Human rights problem with Google Cloud Platform in Saudi Arabia - Twitter thumbnail

Hey Google: we need to learn more about your role in the war on Gaza

16 May 2024

Amid revelations of AI use by the Israeli army in Gaza, Access Now urges Google for transparency through an open letter to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc.

Press Release
Hey Google: we need to learn more about your role in the war on Gaza
16 May 2024
Hey Google: we need to learn more about your role in the war on Gaza
How to stay safe online in the context of conflict in Gaza
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 

9 May 2024

Israel’s war on Gaza has revealed how mundane, unsophisticated AI surveillance systems are being used to unleash the most dystopian, tech-driven horrors on Palestinians.

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Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
9 May 2024
Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
|Human rights problem with Google Cloud Platform in Saudi Arabia - Twitter thumbnail
Data Protection
Data Protection

Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia

6 May 2024

Access Now is calling on Amazon to halt the launch of AWS infrastructure region in Saudi Arabia and adequately address the severe human rights impacts that would arise from such a move.

Press Release
Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
6 May 2024
Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
#NoExamShutdown KIO Header
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Tell MENA authorities: #NoExamShutdown

29 Apr 2024

Year after year, the MENA region has led the world in exam-related shutdowns. With the 2024 exam season in the region quickly approaching, it’s time to take action and demand change! #NoExamShutdown

Campaign
Tell MENA authorities: #NoExamShutdown
29 Apr 2024
Tell MENA authorities: #NoExamShutdown
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices

30 Apr 2024

The StopSilencingPalestine campaign sent a letter to Meta. However, the company’s response lacked concrete steps to address the detrimental effects of its policies on human rights, both online and offline.

Press Release
Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices
30 Apr 2024
Meta must take immediate action to stop the systematic censorship of Pro-Palestinian voices
#NoExamShutdown KIO Header
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: رسالة مفتوحة إلى السلطات في العراق لعدم حجب الانترنت خلال الامتحانات

8 May 2024

مع اقتراب فترة الامتحانات هذا العام، نرسل رسالة إلى السلطات في العراق لعدم قطع الانترنت (#KeepItOn) (#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات).

Press Release
#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: رسالة مفتوحة إلى السلطات في العراق لعدم حجب الانترنت خلال الامتحانات
8 May 2024
#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: رسالة مفتوحة إلى السلطات في العراق لعدم حجب الانترنت خلال الامتحانات
Digital Competition Bill 2024
Data Protection
Data Protection

Position paper: GDPR enforcement done right

8 May 2024

EDRi and Access Now have co-drafted a position paper on the EU Proposal for additional procedural rules concerning the General Data Protection Regulation.

Publication
Position paper: GDPR enforcement done right
8 May 2024
Position paper: GDPR enforcement done right
KeepItOn 2024 Elections and Internet Shutdowns Watch
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch

5 Feb 2024

Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.

Campaign
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
5 Feb 2024
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election

“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube

2 Apr 2024

A new joint investigation by Access Now and Global Witness has found that YouTube is approving election disinformation ads in India ahead of the country’s general election.

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“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube
2 Apr 2024
“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube
RightsCon Costa Rica 2023 RightsCon

RightsCon

The world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age

Digital Security Helpline Helpline

Helpline

24/7 assistance for human rights defenders at risk in every region

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Grants

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We mobilize around the world

Access Now is made up of a diverse team of more than 130 experts working in centers of political power, tech innovation, and civic action around the world. We have registered offices in Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States, with team members based in more than 20 countries across six continents.