Access in the News

Human rights left out of sight in UK’s new surveillance guidelines

5:00am | 23 March 2015 | by Jack Bussell,

Access and a coalition of civil society organizations called on the Home Office of the United Kingdom to address questions about the lack of human rights protections found in its surveillance authorities.

Australia on verge of passing new data retention bill

3:01am | 22 March 2015 | by Access Team,

On March 19, the Australian House of Representatives passed a new data retention bill. Will it put the rights of journalists at risk?

Introducing Control de Cambios: a Spanish language podcast about digital rights

4:25pm | 18 March 2015 | by Javier Pallero,

Control de Cambios is a new podcast that focuses on the intersection between law, policy, and the internet and offers a fresh view about Latin America and beyond.

Best Practices for Digital Security while Traveling to RightsCon

3:18pm | 17 March 2015 | by Access Team,

Whether you’re a human rights activist, a businessperson, a government official, a technologist, or an academic — digital security matters. So as you make your way to RightsCon Southeast Asia in Manila, here are seven simple tips to help you travel more securely.

Highlighting the key digital rights issues before the UN Human Rights Council

8:19am | 17 March 2015 | by Peter Micek,

The 28th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC28) is taking place right now through March 27 in Geneva. Access developed a policy brief with our partners at APC highlighting the key digital rights issues on the Council’s agenda, as well as relevant side events and countries under review in the Universal Periodic Review.

Why Companies Come to RightsCon

2:35pm | 16 March 2015 | by Brett Solomon,

RightsCon is unique because we actively invite numerous stakeholders to the table, and this includes representatives from internet pioneers such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft, and also telcos from around the world including Telenor and Smart. Why do we invite companies to join us? Because businesses impact human rights.

Turkey and Russia share dubious honor of leading content removal requests on Twitter

1:34pm | 16 March 2015 | by Deniz Duru Aydin, Peter Micek

Last month, Twitter released its most recent transparency report, and it provides important insights into the evolving issue of freedom of expression online. The report confirms that Turkey has become a hotbed of censorship since Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as President in August 2014 and launched a crackdown on the media.

New paper recommends how to keep surveillance tech from human rights abusers

10:41am | 13 March 2015 | by Access Team,

The release of a new white paper on the export of surveillance technologies is a welcome and highly relevant contribution to what remains a niche yet hugely important issue, says Edin Omanovic of Privacy International.

Net Neutrality rules ban fast and slow lanes, but leave zero rating in place

4:50pm | 12 March 2015 | by Deji Olukotun,

After a lot anticipation and hand wringing, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission finally released its rules about how it will implement its landmark Open Internet Order. The rules — which run some 300 pages — block the creation of fast and slow lanes and appropriately classify broadband internet as a "telecommunications service" under Title II of the Communications Act.

U.S. Senate rushing through cyber-surveillance bill (UPDATED)

3:30pm | 11 March 2015 | by Drew Mitnick,

Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will secretly consider the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a bill that would enable companies to sign, seal, and deliver your personal information to the NSA.

Net Neutrality Battle in Europe Far from Over

10:06am | 10 March 2015 | by Estelle Masse,

One thing has remained clear — European internet users strongly support Net Neutrality and want the EU to pass the strongest rules possible. As discussions of the Telecoms Single Market text were taking place, the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, Günther Oettinger, absurdly compared the internet advocacy community and the Pirate Party to the Taliban

Pyrawebs: the dawn of mass surveillance in Paraguay? (UPDATED)

4:59pm | 9 March 2015 | by Javier Pallero,

A dangerous bill that mandates blanket data retention on internet usage threatens the privacy of millions of Paraguayans.

New white paper recommends targeted approach to controlling export of surveillance technologies

2:54pm | 9 March 2015 | by Access Team,

Today, Access released a white paper that analyzes the role of government export controls in limiting the spread of sophisticated surveillance technologies. Entitled “Considerations on Wassenaar Arrangement Proposals for Surveillance Technologies,” the white paper focuses on the export of these technologies to countries known for violating human rights.

Bold statements, “major events,” and karaoke abound in creative new transparency reports

5:03pm | 6 March 2015 | by Deniz Duru Aydin, Peter Micek

A year and a half after the Snowden revelations, more technology companies and telcos are publishing transparency reports on government requests for user information and content removals. Several companies published transparency reports for the first time in early 2015, including Daum Kakao, Reddit, Medium, and Cheezburger. These are innovative companies — and they came up with novel approaches to presenting their data and policies.

RightsCon Southeast Asia: New Frontiers in Digital Rights

12:36pm | 5 March 2015 | by Brett Solomon,

Two weeks from now, Access will head to Manila to host RightsCon — our signature conference featuring digital rights activists, companies, government officials, technologists, and academics — together with our partners Engage Media and the Foundation for Media Alternatives. We’ll be tackling the most pressing issues affecting digital rights and the open internet.