Blog posts by Mike Rispoli

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Russia blacklists site hosting blogs of prominent journalists

4:58pm | 8 February 2013 | by Mike Rispoli

The Russian government has blocked access to a blog-hosting site that publishes reports from at least two prominent independent journalists often critical of the Kremlin. The site has been added to the country’s recently established official “internet blacklist.”

Filipino Supreme Court once again blocks controversial cybercrime law

3:13pm | 5 February 2013 | by Mike Rispoli

Teliasonera CEO resigns in wake of corruption probe

3:13pm | 1 February 2013 | by Mike Rispoli

Amid allegations of corruption and bribery in Uzbekistan, Swedish telco giant TeliaSonera’s chief executive resigned today after an independent probe found faults with the company’s due diligence in securing the contract.

Access delivers open letter to Filipino government calling for repeal of cybercrime bill

10:41am | 8 October 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

On October 8, Access delivered an open letter to the Filipino government calling for the repeal of the recently passed cybercrime bill. The letter, signed by Executive Director Brett Solomon, was distributed to all lawmakers as well as the media.

US House of Representatives passes bills supporting human rights in Vietnam

9:11am | 12 September 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Access joins Viet Tan in applauding the US House of Representatives with the passage of two bills promoting human rights in Vietnam. Access has continually called for the release of journalists and bloggers in Vietnam, including Paulus Le Van Son.

Civil society renews call for rejection of proposals expanding ITU’s mandate

10:05am | 7 September 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Access, along with 29 other civil society organizations around the world, have signed an open letter calling on the International Telecommunication Union member states and their delegations to the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to reject calls for the ITU to expand its authority to include control over the internet.

Access joins global civil society in call for release of 17 Vietnamese activists, bloggers

3:41pm | 28 August 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Access, along with 11 other civil society organizations, wrote to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung calling for the immediate release of 17 Vietnamese social activists and bloggers and the withdrawal of all charges.

From an Access member: Weaponizing the web

11:59am | 24 August 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Questions abound after discovery of Gauss virus

9:16am | 20 August 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Access is hiring!

11:12am | 15 August 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Open Call for Campaign and Media Internship Applications Fall 2012 (Sept-Dec)

Russian bill would create internet ‘blacklist’

1:34pm | 10 July 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Access is extremely concerned over news that the Russian Parliament is considering a bill that would grant sweeping governmental powers to censor the Russian internet through the creation of a blacklist of sites and the establishment of a web-filtering regime.

Join Access in Strasbourg for the ACTA vote!

1:51pm | 3 July 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

We want you to be there when ACTA goes down! Join Access when we line the entrance to the European Parliament on Wednesday ahead of the ACTA vote.

Access joins open letter to tech industry addressing overcompliance with U.S. sanctions

3:43pm | 28 June 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Access, along with several prominent human rights and technology organizations, has signed on to an open letter calling on some of the largest U.S. technology companies to reevaluate their compliance with U.S. restrictions on exports to repressive regimes.

Wait up Facebook, I didn’t even know I had a Facebook email!

6:25am | 28 June 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

On Saturday, all email addresses visible on the "info" panel of users' Facebook timelines were replaced with your @Facebook email address. Didn't know that you had a Facebook email account? Don't worry, not many people did.

Access delivers open letter to ITU, demands public access to documents

5:14pm | 21 June 2012 | by Mike Rispoli

Access on June 20 delivered an open letter to the management team of the International Telecommunication Union Council Working Group and to ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré, calling on them to allow public access to planning documents which could shape the future of the internet.