Access in the News

Access publishes policy brief for NetMundial Initiative meeting in Brazil

2:46pm | 29 June 2015 | by Raman Jit Singh Chima,

Access has published a policy brief for the first meeting of the NetMundial Initiative's (NMI) Coordination Council, identifying issues at stake in the meeting.

Why you should care about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

1:30pm | 28 June 2015 | by Estelle Masse,

Today, as the European Parliament’s trade committee considers amendments to its position on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Access has published a brief to help people on both sides of the Atlantic understand what’s at stake in the negotiations.

The Access Grants Program - an emerging initiative

5:20pm | 25 June 2015 | by Brett Solomon,

Access is currently in the nascent stages of implementing a three year subgranting project. This project will allow us to more directly support the critical work of civil society actors working on digital rights.

One week to save Net Neutrality in Europe

8:43am | 23 June 2015 | by Estelle Masse,

On Monday, June 29, three EU government institutions will be meeting to strike an agreement on the Telecoms Single Market Regulation (TSM). This piece of draft legislation, introduced in 2013, has the potential to enshrine Net Neutrality into EU law. But recent developments show that the EU could end up stripping out provisions that would guarantee the openness of the internet.

Encryption makes us safer

7:43am | 19 June 2015 | by Brett Solomon,

Access Executive Director Brett Solomon explains that, contrary to what some lawmakers have claimed, the use of strong encryption makes everyone safer.

Civil society groups urge governments to promote and protect encryption and anonymity

9:27am | 17 June 2015 | by Access Team,

Today at the 29th session of the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Access joined a group of more than 25 civil society organizations in a joint statement that calls on all governments to promote the use of strong encryption technologies, and to protect the right to seek, receive, and impart information anonymously online.

Delfi AS v. Estonia: a blow to free expression online

11:13am | 16 June 2015 | by Access Team,

The Delfi AS v. Estonia case, which has profound implications for freedom of expression online, today reached its conclusion with a ruling by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. Unfortunately, this long-awaited decision was not the right one. The Grand Chamber, the highest human rights court in Europe, ruled in favor of Estonia, embracing the idea that websites should be held liable for certain types of anonymous comments posted by users.

More telcos join the transparency push to expose government surveillance

12:28pm | 15 June 2015 | by Deniz Duru Aydin, Access Team

Multinational telcos Orange and Telenor have published transparency reports shedding light on surveillance across the globe.

Five reasons why the OPM breach makes me angry; and why you should be angry too

10:06am | 15 June 2015 | by Amie Stepanovich,

Five reasons why the OPM breach -- and the U.S. response to it -- should make you angry.

Challenges to human rights in Azerbaijan as European Games begin

8:01am | 12 June 2015 | by Deniz Duru Aydin, Access Team

As corruption scandals related to international soccer continue to put pressure on FIFA, world governments, and companies in the sports industry, Azerbaijan is preparing to host a major international event: the first-ever European Games. The lack of human rights protections in Azerbaijan — online and offline — poses a threat to people living there, as well to journalists and others visiting to watch the games. We take a look at the digital rights landscape in Azerbaijan, and the implications for people who may be at risk for human rights violations.

Canada’s Parliament approves slimy spying bill, endangers privacy and free expression

10:02am | 11 June 2015 | by Access Team, Max Anderson

On Tuesday, the Canadian Senate voted in favor of the controversial Bill C-51 with a count of 44-28. The bill, which hundreds of thousands of Canadians have spoken out against, can criminalize political discussion even when it’s conducted in private. It centralizes data kept on citizens, empowers intelligence services to make arrests, and even allows intelligence to conduct disruptive operations such as altering a seized website or conducting a man-in-the-middle attack.

The Crypto Summit

9:10pm | 10 June 2015, USA | by Nathan White,

Top government officials have called on policy and technology experts to “start a conversation” about cryptography. These calls ignore more than two decades of discussions about encryption standards and what must be done to keep our communications systems secure.

On eve of Women’s World Cup, Canada poised to undermine encryption

2:54pm | 5 June 2015 | by Access Team, Max Anderson

This month, 24 women's national teams will travel to Canada to compete for the ultimate prize in soccer: the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Yet as the world celebrates, the government of Canada is poised to pass dangerous new surveillance legislation.

Congress on verge of major cuts to key cryptography agency

10:29am | 5 June 2015 | by Drew Mitnick,

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new funding bill yesterday that could undermine the development of internet security and privacy standards while increasing funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which has advocated for weakening encryption. It next goes to the Senate.

Second anniversary of the Snowden revelations: Does Europe have something to celebrate?

3:47am | 5 June 2015 | by Access Brussels Office,

Two years ago today, newspapers began reporting on what are now known as the “Snowden revelations”. These documents revealed how the US National Security Agency (NSA), in concert with intelligence agencies such as the UK Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), has been indiscriminately collecting the personal data of people all over the world. The disclosures that followed those initial reports exposed NSA spying programs such as PRISM, stirring outrage worldwide about the scope of human rights violations that these programs represent.