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Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world

HERE’S HOW

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Helpline

Our 24/7 Digital Security Helpline provides comprehensive, real-time technical assistance to users at risk, including civil society groups, activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. Via our Helpline offices in Tunis, Manila, and Costa Rica, we work closely with global partners to empower local initiatives and strengthen coordination on threat reporting and rapid-response cases.

Policy

We seek to serve, guide, and influence decision makers across sectors through human rights-focused thought leadership and innovative, evidence-based policy analysis. As a global team with staff across the world, we work with local and regional partners to strengthen human rights protections from national capitals to the grassroots, and to effect real-time policy victories and long-term systemic change.

Advocacy

We leverage innovative campaign tactics, bold visual advocacy, and global partnerships with civil society, journalists, technologists, and beyond. We educate, petition, and appeal to decision makers in the halls of parliaments and corporate boardrooms, deliver digital security resources to users at risk, and mobilize global internet users to pressure the powerful.

Grants

We provide flexible and grantee-driven funding to grassroots organizations and activist groups that are working with users and communities most at risk of digital rights violations. We take an intersectional approach, as we recognize that threats to digital rights are compounded when they intersect with other human rights abuses or discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and other means of marginalization.

RightsCon

RightsCon is our headline event convening thousands of experts from around the globe and across stakeholder lines. More than an annual conference, RightsCon is a movement that connects and mobilizes a global community between events to collaborate on the most pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.

Legal

We strategically engage courts and legal processes to hold governments and companies accountable and to uphold fundamental rights in the digital age. This includes submitting interventions, amicus briefs, and expert opinions in state-level, regional, and international proceedings, and providing consistent, high-quality legal support to partners and Digital Security Helpline clients.

We mobilize on five issue areas

We've come a long way

But we can't do it alone

Here’s Our Global Team Today

From Costa Rica, to Tunis, to New York, Access Now has grown a diverse team of 60+ staff members across 13 countries. We are legally registered in Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States, while supporting staff, fellows, and other personnel in Argentina, Australia, Germany, India, Kenya, Peru, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and beyond.

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Meet the Staff

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