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  • Policy

    Policy furthers Access Now’s mission by developing and promoting rights-respecting practices and policies. We seek to advance laws and global norms to affect long-term systemic change in the area of digital rights and online security, developing insightful, rights-based, and well-researched policy guidance to governments, corporations, and civil society.

  • Advocacy

    Advocacy leverages deep user engagement, bold visual advocacy, and innovative campaign tactics. Our campaigns bring our policy positions and advocacy asks straight to the halls of parliaments and corporate boardrooms, package and deliver secure technologies to protect users at risk, and mobilize global internet users to pressure the powerful.

  • Tech

    Tech provides technology solutions and real-time advice for users at risk in circumstances where communications are not open, free, or safe. Through our 24/7 Digital Security Helpline, we offer technical guidance and incident response to inform and support activists, journalists, human rights defenders, and civil society actors on the ground.

Our Team

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Oxford

Deniz Duru Aydin

Deniz (Email: deniz@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xD08E0F30) has been working on issues of internet governance, business and human rights and digital rights in Turkey as…

Policy
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Manila

Aureson "Tom" Banaria

Tom (Email: tom@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x3A71A2D0) is a Security Incident Handler at our Access Office in Manila. Before joining Access, Tom worked as a…

Tech
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San Jose

Daniel Bedoya Arroyo

Daniel (Email: daniel@accessnow.org; PGP Key: 0xC21FA059) is the Incident Response Manager at Access Now. He works in Access Now's Costa Rica Office. He is…

Tech
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San Jose

Gustaf Björksten

Gustaf (Email: gustaf@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xA70A0F7B) has been gaining professional experience as a technologist and information security specialist since 1994, most recently in the…

Tech
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New York

Nerida Brownlee

Nerida's (Email: nerida@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x24145805) focus as a member of the Ops team is to drive the steady growth of Access' Human Resources…

Ops
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New York

Kim Burton

Kim (Email: kim@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x62160B47) is the Digital Security Documentation Coordinator for the NYC office. Her goal is to create accessible content that…

Tech
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San Jose

Marcos Calderon

Marcos (Email: marcos@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xDD3201FD) is a Security Incident Handler in the Access Costa Rica Office. He is finishing his Bachelor Degree in…

Tech
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Berlin

Michael Carbone

Michael (email: michael@accessnow.org, PGP key ID: 0x63FC4D2684A733B4) is the Manager of Security Education, where he provides advice to civil society groups and human rights…

Tech
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Tunis

Mohamed Chennoufi

Mohamed (Email: mohamed@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x254414D4) is a security incident shift lead at Access Now. He is a computer science engineer. He graduated from…

Tech
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New York

Nick Dagostino

Nick (Email: nickd@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x4DC5EF9C) coordinates the leading event on the future of the internet, and has a passion for bringing people together…

Advocacy
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New Dehli

Raman Jit Singh Chima

Raman Jit Singh Chima (Email: raman@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x2A186000) serves as Policy Director at Access, leading the organisation's team of global policy staff in…

Policy
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Nairobi

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito

Ephraim (Email: ephraim@accessnow.org, PGP Key: E6BA8DC1) is the Sub-Saharan Africa Policy Analyst at Access Now working on the connection between internet policy and human…

Policy
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Tunis

Islam Khoufi

Islam (Email: islam@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xA616A569) joined Access in 2014. She works as operations manager for the Tunis office. Islam worked in logistics for…

Ops
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New York

Melissa Kim

Melissa (Email: melissa@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xE8FD7A4B) works closely with the Executive Director to provide the necessary support to further his and Access's goals in…

Ops
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Brussels

Nina Komakhidze

Nina (Email: nina@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x8AD196B3) works at Access Now as the Regional Operations Manager of the Brussels office, primarily involved in managing the…

Ops
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Brussels

Lucie Krahulcova

Lucie (Email: lucie@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x8419586B) is our new policy associate in the Access Now Brussels office. She has a BA in International Relations…

Policy
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USA

Josh Levy

Josh Levy (Email: josh@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x84C9F275) is Advocacy Director at Access. He's worked for years at the intersections of technology, politics and activism.…

Advocacy
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New York

Anqi Li

Anqi (Email: anqi@accessnow.org; PGP Key: 0x62F35D1E) is the Design Lead at Access Now. Her focus is on user experience and digital engagement. With problem-solving…

Advocacy
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San Jose

Rogelio Lopez

Rogelio (Email: rogelio@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xA3AF5A90) studied CS at Universidad de Costa Rica. He has been a software developer for the corporate world for…

Tech
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Brussels

Estelle Massé

Estelle (Email: estelle@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x7A755A5F) is a Senior Policy Analyst at our Brussels office. Her work focuses on Data Protection, Privacy, Surveillance, Net…

Policy
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New York

Peter Micek

Peter Micek (Email: peter@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xA5BD70B0) leads the Access policy team's business and human rights work, advocating for a more rights-respecting telecom and…

Policy
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Washington D.C.

Drew Mitnick

Drew (Email: drew@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xA7B4A0FF) works on cybersecurity, digital due process, and privacy. He has experience working on human rights in Asia and…

Policy
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Manila

Jose Clemente Olaivar

JC Olaivar is Security Incident Handler Shift Lead at Access Now in Manila. Before joining Access Now, he worked in IT security in multiple…

Tech
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New York

Deji Olukotun

As a member of the advocacy team, Deji Olukotun (Email: deji@accessnow.org; PGP Key: 0x6012CDA8) manages Access' global campaigns to protect the open internet, stop…

Advocacy
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Córdoba

Javier Pallero

Javier (Email: javier@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xEBFD028A) is Access' Policy Analyst for Latin America. Before joining Access, he worked for several years with digital rights…

Policy
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San Jose

Peter Saugman

Peter (Email: peters@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0xA5FA6FA6) is bringing extensive international work experience to Access, that spans the USA, Indonesia, Singapore, Venezuela, Belgium, Costa Rica,…

Ops
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Tunis

Hassen Selmi

Hassen (Email: hassen@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x3EF06D5C) has been a a security incident handler at Access since October 2014. He graduated from National School Of…

Tech
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New York

Brett Solomon

Brett (Email: brett@accessnow.org; PGP Key: 0x4EDC17EB) is co-founder and Executive Director of Access (accessnow.org). Access defends and extends the digital rights of users at…

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New York

Joe Steele

Joe (Email: joseph@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x066D312E) is responsible for supporting and organizing much of the day-to-day work of the staff, as well as overseeing…

Ops
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Washington D.C.

Amie Stepanovich

Amie Stepanovich (Phone Extension: x702, Email: amie@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x1C1DA0C7) works to ensure that laws and policies on surveillance and cybersecurity recognize and respect…

Policy
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Washington D.C.

Carolyn Tackett

Carolyn (Email: carolyn@accessnow.org , PGP Key: 0xA9C98C76) first joined the Access advocacy team as an intern in 2012. She now supports the team's work…

Advocacy
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Washington D.C.

Rian Wanstreet

Rian (Email: rian@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x24F54E04) works to ensure that at-risk actors and organizations working on digital rights have the resources they need to…

Ops
Donna

USA

Donna Wentworth

Donna (Email: donna@accessnow.org , PGP Key: 077B2130) is Strategic Communications Manager at Access Now, developing and implementing strategies to increase the impact of the…

Advocacy
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New York

Ben Whelan

Ben (Email: ben@accessnow.org; PGP Key: 0x1F2EC60E) works as Global Risk and Operations Manager for Access, which involves opening and supporting our global offices, organization…

Ops
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Washington D.C.

Nathan White

Nathan White (Email: nathan@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x9030A74E) is the Senior Legislative Manager for the Access advocacy team. A former communications director in the U.S.…

Advocacy
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New York

Kevin Willits

Kevin (Email: kevinw@accessnow.org, PGP Key: 0x0657E1E7) is the Grants Administrator for Access Now, which involves ensuring that organizations and activists working to advance digital…

Ops

Our Board

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Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen is a New York City-based internet entrepreneur and media executive. Today he is the CEO of Perch, an early-stage “Internet of Things”…

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of…

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Brett Solomon

Brett (Email: brett@accessnow.org; PGP Key: 0x4EDC17EB) is co-founder and Executive Director of Access (accessnow.org). Access defends and extends the digital rights of users at…

Esra'a Al Shafei

Esra'a Al Shafei

Esra'a Al Shafei is the founder and director of Mideast Youth, a network of online platforms that amplify under-reported and marginalized voices throughout the…

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Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on intellectual property, culture, and technology. He founded the Center for Technology & Society…

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Yvette Albderdingk Thijm

Yvette is the Executive Director of WITNESS, an international nonprofit organization that empowers human rights defenders to use video to fight injustice, and to…

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