Access in the News

ChatMonopoly: Russia consolidates control over social media

7:10pm | 23 April 2014 | by Peter Micek, Peter Bourgelais

Russia’s largest homegrown social network, Vkontakte, with its more than 100 million users, is now under new management.

What you should know about NetMundial

7:15pm | 22 April 2014 | by Access Team,

Access presents "What you should know about NetMundial" infographic addressing issues at stake during NETmundial.

Access and partners call on NIST to strengthen cryptography standards

7:07pm | 21 April 2014 | by Amie Stepanovich,

Following revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) deliberately weakened cryptographic standards put out by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NIST recently proposed a series of principles to guide cryptography standards-setting going forward. Access, together with a coalition of eleven other digital rights, technology, privacy, and open government groups, submitted a letter today calling on NIST to strengthen cryptography principles, noting in particular that the principles must be “modified and amended to provide greater transparency and access.”

African LGBTI activists gather to guard against digital security attacks

2:56pm | 18 April 2014 | by Michael Carbone,

Access reports back from its digital security workshop at the regional conference of the Pan Africa chapter of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association - Pan Africa ILGA, or PAI.

European Parliament approves mandatory corporate social responsibility rules

10:13am | 17 April 2014 | by Estelle Masse, Peter Micek, Business & Human Rights, Regulation

On April 15th, the European Parliament required companies to disclose information on their environmental, labor, and human rights impacts, in addition to financial reports.

Australian Telco Telstra Releases First Transparency Report

2:54pm | 16 April 2014 | by Peter Micek, Matt Solomon

Last month Telstra became the first non-U.S. telco to release a regular report on government and law enforcement requests for user data.

Follow along: the saga of the Heartbleed and the NSA

4:44pm | 14 April 2014 | by Drew Mitnick,

Access provides a timeline and analysis of the Heartbleed vulnerability

Spotlight on African Contributions to Internet Governance Discussions Part 1: NetMundial

1:55pm | 14 April 2014 | by Ephraim Percy Kenyanito,

The internet affects every individual in this world whether directly or indirectly. For example, a medical professional somewhere in Goma, Congo might access the internet to read and post reviews to current medication available and this might have an impact on the kind of medication that he/she recommends to the patient, whether the patient has access to affordable internet or not. Since the internet affects everyone, Africans citizens who are aware of internet governance discussions, expect African stakeholders to engage in these discussions.

Spotlight on Internet Governance Part Four: NetMundial

12:49pm | 14 April 2014 | by Deborah Brown,

Last October, in the aftermath of the revelations of mass government surveillance, the government of Brazil and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a joint initiative that would bring together government, industry, civil society, and academia in a meeting in Brazil in April 2014 to discuss the future of internet governance. This evolved to become the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, better known as NetMundial, an initiative of 12 governments -- Argentina, France, Ghana, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States have since joined Brazi l-- with representatives of civil society, academia, and the technical community participating in various planning committees.

A closer look at EU Court’s ruling and what it means for the future of data retention in Europe

12:58pm | 11 April 2014 | by Estelle Masse, Access Brussels Office

On April 8, the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) ruled on the Data Retention Directive and invalidated this controversial European law.

How the NSA reform proposals stack up

3:46pm | 10 April 2014 | by Amie Stepanovich, Drew Mitnick

In the wake of the ongoing revelations about NSA surveillance, Access releases an infographic measuring how the leading four reform proposals stack up against the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.

Public interest groups send letter expressing concerns on DOTCOM Act to House

8:33am | 10 April 2014 | by Deborah Brown,

Yesterday, the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, Access, Center for Democracy & Technology, Freedom House, and Human Rights Watch, ahead of the April 10th hearing “Should The Department Of Commerce Relinquish Direct Oversight Over ICANN?”, sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee restating their support of the NTIA’s decision to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community and the organizations' concerns regarding the DOTCOM Act. The DOTCOM Act is a piece of legislation that was introduced this past March that would require a Government Accountability Office review and report prior to the NTIA transition, a process that could take up to a year.

Access and partners demand DHS investigate GoDaddy domain takedown

8:04am | 9 April 2014 | by Peter Micek,

Today, Access and our partners sent a letter demanding an immediate investigation into what appears to be U.S. government complicity in silencing political speech in Mexico.

EU Court repeals law mandating indiscriminate surveillance

10:52am | 8 April 2014 | by Raegan MacDonald, Access Brussels Office

Today’s historic decision reopened the debate on the necessity and proportionality of communications data retention in the EU and around the world.

Brazil and the E.U. welcome historic protections for net neutrality, but why is the U.S. stalling?

2:16pm | 4 April 2014 | by Jochai Ben-Avie, Jamila Brown, Raegan MacDonald

Access, an international organization committed to extending and defending the rights of internet users worldwide, is encouraged by recent votes that will help secure an open internet. Yesterday, the European Union voted 534-23 in favor of network neutrality, and just last week the Brazilian Congress also voted to protect the internet as part of a larger "internet bill of rights."