Cybersecurity

CYBERSECURITY

Cybersecurity attacks are redefining geopolitics and the nature of contemporary warfare. Human rights defenders, journalists, and humanitarian actors are facing unprecedented digital threats, with deep impacts on democratic processes and the safety of marginalized communities. We challenge governments and businesses engaging in global cybersecurity activities to shift their focus from state control and securitization of the internet toward protection of individual rights and the safety of people and communities at risk.

Four strategies to defend encryption and our human rights

When we fight for encryption, we fight for human rights. It enables us to stay safe online, and communicate privately and freely. Yet governments keep pushing to undermine it, and Apple’s plan to bypass encryption is an alarming sign of private sector capitulation to this pressure.

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Cybersecurity

To keep us safe, global cybersecurity norms must be human-centered and protect rights

At the United Nations OEWG meetings, we highlighted the increase in cyber attacks for surveillance and the global epidemic of internet shutdowns, both of which threaten the ability to use the internet securely.

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Cybersecurity

Why Latin America should protect, not persecute, information security researchers

Information security researchers help keep people safe online, yet they are being persecuted in Latin America when they should be protected.

Digital Security

Who we hurt when we attack encryption

Encryption is a vital tool for keeping human rights defenders safe from powerful adversaries. Case studies from Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline show how strong encryption makes the world safer for everyone.

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Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure and civil society violate human rights

Following cyberattacks on Ukraine and its human rights defenders, we call on the international community to help protect people.

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Connectivity

Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023

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

Cybersecurity

Analysis: the Myanmar junta’s Cybersecurity Law would be a disaster for human rights

The Myanmar junta’s efforts to achieve ultimate control over civic space is continuing — through a devastating draft Cybersecurity Law.

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Digital Security

Encrypt all the messages — across all the platforms

Elon Musk’s planned Twitter buyout is spurring new calls for end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for messaging. Here’s why it’s both desirable and feasible to make E2EE messaging interoperable across major communications platforms, as the E.U. Digital Markets Act envisions.

Latest Updates

Global encryption day 2023
Privacy
Privacy

Children are no exception: Nevada must ensure end-to-end encryption for all

13 Mar 2024

Access Now joined an amicus brief urging the U.S. District Court to reject Nevada’s request to prevent Meta from offering end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger for people under 18 who use the service.

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Children are no exception: Nevada must ensure end-to-end encryption for all
13 Mar 2024
Children are no exception: Nevada must ensure end-to-end encryption for all
UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

India proposes using 24/7 global network to combat phishing for UN Draft Treaty On Preventing International Cybercrime

4 Mar 2024
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India proposes using 24/7 global network to combat phishing for UN Draft Treaty On Preventing International Cybercrime
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4 Mar 2024
India proposes using 24/7 global network to combat phishing for UN Draft Treaty On Preventing International Cybercrime
UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Global Cybercrime Treaty: A delicate balance between security and human rights

23 Feb 2024
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Global Cybercrime Treaty: A delicate balance between security and human rights
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23 Feb 2024
Global Cybercrime Treaty: A delicate balance between security and human rights
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

India proposes 24×7 global communication link to curb cybercrimes

22 Feb 2024
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India proposes 24×7 global communication link to curb cybercrimes
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22 Feb 2024
India proposes 24×7 global communication link to curb cybercrimes
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Civil society warns of ‘critical gaps’ in UN’s draft cybercrime treaty

13 Feb 2024
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Civil society warns of ‘critical gaps’ in UN’s draft cybercrime treaty
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13 Feb 2024
Civil society warns of ‘critical gaps’ in UN’s draft cybercrime treaty
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
Data Protection
Data Protection

Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm

13 Feb 2024

Our new report, Mapping Humanitarian Tech: exposing protection gaps in digital transformation programmes, examines how humanitarian-tech partnerships impact people and communities at risk.

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Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
13 Feb 2024
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Governments must withhold support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty

8 Feb 2024

Given fundamental concerns from stakeholders, we urge governments to consider withholding support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty.

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Governments must withhold support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty
8 Feb 2024
Governments must withhold support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty
UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Protect Good Faith Security Research Globally in Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty

7 Feb 2024

The UN cybercrime treaty draft poses substantial risks to global cybersecurity and good faith cybersecurity researchers.

Press Release
Protect Good Faith Security Research Globally in Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty
7 Feb 2024
Protect Good Faith Security Research Globally in Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty
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Surveillance
Surveillance

Between a hack and a hard place: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan

1 Feb 2024

Access Now launched the new investigation report on how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan.

Publication
Between a hack and a hard place: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
1 Feb 2024
Between a hack and a hard place: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

UN Cybercrime Convention: FAQ on necessary reforms

25 Jan 2024

What is the UN cybercrime convention, what’s wrong with its current draft, and how can you engage with it? Read our FAQ to know.

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UN Cybercrime Convention: FAQ on necessary reforms
25 Jan 2024
UN Cybercrime Convention: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Amend or reject: Joint statement on the UN Cybercrime Treaty

23 Jan 2024

Access Now and more than 100 NGOs demand state delegates to amend the draft cybercrime treaty in the upcoming concluding session of UN AHC.

Press Release
Amend or reject: Joint statement on the UN Cybercrime Treaty
23 Jan 2024
Amend or reject: Joint statement on the UN Cybercrime Treaty
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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

On eve of final negotiations, US says consensus growing around ‘narrow’ UN cybercrime treaty

23 Jan 2024
News
On eve of final negotiations, US says consensus growing around ‘narrow’ UN cybercrime treaty
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23 Jan 2024
On eve of final negotiations, US says consensus growing around ‘narrow’ UN cybercrime treaty
Digital Competition Bill 2024
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Indian government must withdraw the Telecommunications Bill, 2023, to protect fundamental rights

21 Dec 2023

International group of organisations and experts urge DoT, India to withdraw the Telecommunications Bill, 2023, and protect fundamental rights

Press Release
Indian government must withdraw the Telecommunications Bill, 2023, to protect fundamental rights
21 Dec 2023
Indian government must withdraw the Telecommunications Bill, 2023, to protect fundamental rights
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Latest UN Cybercrime Treaty draft a ‘significant step in the wrong direction,’ experts warn

14 Dec 2023
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Latest UN Cybercrime Treaty draft a ‘significant step in the wrong direction,’ experts warn
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14 Dec 2023
Latest UN Cybercrime Treaty draft a ‘significant step in the wrong direction,’ experts warn
Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
Protest and Online Organizing
Protest and Online Organizing

دعوة مفتوحة من منظمات حقوق الإنسان لوقف فوري لإطلاق النار على الأرض ورقمياً في غزة، وبحق  الفلسطينيين/ات حول العالم

23 Oct 2023

نحن، مجموعة من مؤسسات المجتمع المدني ومنظمات حقوق الإنسان الرقمية، ننضم إلى الدعوة المفتوحة للوقف الفوري لإطلاق النار في غزة.

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دعوة مفتوحة من منظمات حقوق الإنسان لوقف فوري لإطلاق النار على الأرض ورقمياً في غزة، وبحق  الفلسطينيين/ات حول العالم
23 Oct 2023
دعوة مفتوحة من منظمات حقوق الإنسان لوقف فوري لإطلاق النار على الأرض ورقمياً في غزة، وبحق  الفلسطينيين/ات حول العالم
Global encryption day 2023
Privacy
Privacy

Joint letter: the Australian government must incorporate safeguards for encryption in the online safety codes

21 Oct 2023

The Australian government must incorporate safeguards for end-to-end encryption in the online safety codes.

Press Release
Joint letter: the Australian government must incorporate safeguards for encryption in the online safety codes
21 Oct 2023
Joint letter: the Australian government must incorporate safeguards for encryption in the online safety codes