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Equitable Internet Access For All

Today, affordable and meaningful access to the internet is an essential enabler of human rights. We advocate for policies and technologies to support equitable access to a free, open, and secure internet, and capacity-building to enable marginalized people and communities to make the most of it.

More than 3.5 billion left in the dark: why we’re still fighting to reach U.N. targets for internet access

Imagine the world coming together to envision, plan, and commit to creating a better future — for everyone, everywhere.

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Tunisia: Access to online conferencing platforms and networks is a constitutional right

Access Now joins civil society organizations in calling for safe and open access to online conferencing platforms in Tunisia.

Freedom of Expression

Victory! U.S. Senate passes infrastructure bill, critical to get people online

Access Now applauds the U.S. Senate for passing an infrastructure bill that would help get people online.

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What the tech sector can do to respect human rights in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and beyond

As the Russia-Ukraine crisis escalates to war, the tech sector must do more than merely comply with sanctions. Here are our recommendations for mitigating human rights harms. 

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Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity

11 Jul 2024

China’s digital and cyber policies hurt human rights and undermine cybersecurity globally. Access Now’s Brett Solomon explores how the international community can respond.

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Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
11 Jul 2024
Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
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Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts

8 Jul 2024
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Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts
Voice of America ↗
8 Jul 2024
Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts
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As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives

8 Jul 2024
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As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives
Tech Radar ↗
8 Jul 2024
As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives
Myanmar VPN Ban
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Internet Shutdowns

Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia

5 Jul 2024
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Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia
Tech Radar ↗
5 Jul 2024
Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia
Myanmar VPN Ban
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Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban

26 Jun 2024

Myanmar’s VPN ban, imposed by the military junta, is preventing people from safely accessing blocked apps and websites.

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Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
26 Jun 2024
Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
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Israel opposes rebuilding Gaza’s internet access because terrorists could go online

21 Jun 2024
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Israel opposes rebuilding Gaza’s internet access because terrorists could go online
21 Jun 2024
Israel opposes rebuilding Gaza’s internet access because terrorists could go online
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How the Myanmar VPN ban is plunging citizens into online darkness

19 Jun 2024
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How the Myanmar VPN ban is plunging citizens into online darkness
Techradar ↗
19 Jun 2024
How the Myanmar VPN ban is plunging citizens into online darkness
UN Security Council on Digital Rights
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights

13 Jun 2024

Even as states increasingly weaponize communication networks, the UN Security Council has remained largely silent on digital rights issues. This puts everyone at risk.

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Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights
13 Jun 2024
Mind the gap: why the UN Security Council should prioritize digital rights
UN Security Council on Digital Rights
Cybersecurity
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Wavering resolutions: The UN Security Council on digital rights

13 Jun 2024

Even as states increasingly weaponize communication networks, the UN Security Council has remained largely silent on digital rights issues. This puts everyone at risk.

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Wavering resolutions: The UN Security Council on digital rights
13 Jun 2024
Wavering resolutions: The UN Security Council on digital rights
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Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023

28 May 2024

In 2023, Access Now Grants supported activists facing digital threats around the world, from Palestine to Myanmar to Ukraine and beyond.

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Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
28 May 2024
Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
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How Pakistan’s 4-month X ban is changing the internet

27 May 2024
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How Pakistan’s 4-month X ban is changing the internet
Techradar ↗
27 May 2024
How Pakistan’s 4-month X ban is changing the internet
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French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn

20 May 2024
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French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn
Politico ↗
20 May 2024
French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn
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NGOs warn Elon Musk of ‘collective punishment’ if Starlink in Sudan is shut down

18 May 2024
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NGOs warn Elon Musk of ‘collective punishment’ if Starlink in Sudan is shut down
Arab News ↗
18 May 2024
NGOs warn Elon Musk of ‘collective punishment’ if Starlink in Sudan is shut down
Internet Shutdowns
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အင်တာနက်ပိတ်ဆို့မှု အဆိုးဝါးဆုံးနိုင်ငံများ၌ မြန်မာပါဝင်၊ တိုင်းနှင့်ပြည်နယ် ၁၃ ခုတွင် အင်တာနက် ဖြတ်ခံရ

17 May 2024
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အင်တာနက်ပိတ်ဆို့မှု အဆိုးဝါးဆုံးနိုင်ငံများ၌ မြန်မာပါဝင်၊ တိုင်းနှင့်ပြည်နယ် ၁၃ ခုတွင် အင်တာနက် ဖြတ်ခံရ
Democratic Voice of Burma ↗
17 May 2024
အင်တာနက်ပိတ်ဆို့မှု အဆိုးဝါးဆုံးနိုင်ငံများ၌ မြန်မာပါဝင်၊ တိုင်းနှင့်ပြည်နယ် ၁၃ ခုတွင် အင်တာနက် ဖြတ်ခံရ
Togo elections internet access
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NGOs urge Sudan’s warring parties to end communications blackouts

15 May 2024
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NGOs urge Sudan’s warring parties to end communications blackouts
VOA Africa ↗
15 May 2024
NGOs urge Sudan’s warring parties to end communications blackouts
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No, TikTok users won’t be punished for using a VPN to access the app if it’s banned

10 May 2024
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No, TikTok users won’t be punished for using a VPN to access the app if it’s banned
Verify This ↗
10 May 2024
No, TikTok users won’t be punished for using a VPN to access the app if it’s banned