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Freedom of Expression

We work for freedom of expression for all, from circumventing censorship, to promoting rights-respecting solutions to regulating online speech, to standing up for those who are silenced for speaking truth to power.

#FreeAlaa: You Have Not Yet Been Defeated

On April 2, 2022, and after years of unlawful imprisonment, mistreatment, and torture, Egyptian activist, blogger, and software developer Alaa Abd El-Fattah shaved his head and started a hunger strike on the first day of Ramadan.

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A pathway forward for digital rights by Brett Solomon
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

A pathway forward for digital rights

18 Jul 2024

Brett Solomon shares insights from 15 years as Access Now Co-founder and Executive Director.

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A pathway forward for digital rights
18 Jul 2024
A pathway forward for digital rights
Kenyan government violations of rights
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline

16 Jul 2024

Access Now and over 20 organisations have written to the Kenyan government calling for an end to violations of human rights — online and off.

Press Release
Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline
16 Jul 2024
Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline
Kenyan government violations of rights
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Open letter to Kenya’s government: cease attacks on protesters’ digital rights

16 Jul 2024

We the undersigned organisations write to you regarding the alarming deteriorating human rights situation in Kenya.

Press Release
Open letter to Kenya’s government: cease attacks on protesters’ digital rights
16 Jul 2024
Open letter to Kenya’s government: cease attacks on protesters’ digital rights
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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales

11 Jul 2024

Access Now abre convocatoria para la Red LATAM de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales, promoviendo una cobertura sobre tecnología y DDHH

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Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales
11 Jul 2024
Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales
Africa Digital Safety Tips
Digital Security
Digital Security

Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa

2 Jul 2024

Rising LGBTQ+ intolerance in many African countries drives digital repression of activists. This guide provides safety tips and resources for protecting against these threats.

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Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
2 Jul 2024
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest

25 Jun 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition strongly condemn the ongoing disruption of internet access and increased crackdown on the people of Kenya amid protests.

Press Release
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
25 Jun 2024
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Cinco mitos sobre las bondades del “derecho al olvido” en América Latina, y cómo contraargumentarlos

17 Jun 2024
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Cinco mitos sobre las bondades del “derecho al olvido” en América Latina, y cómo contraargumentarlos
17 Jun 2024
Cinco mitos sobre las bondades del “derecho al olvido” en América Latina, y cómo contraargumentarlos
UN Global Digital Compact
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
First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia

5 Jun 2024

In New Caledonia, French authorities blocked TikTok. This measure is disproportionate, unnecessary, and another bad omen for democracy.

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First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
5 Jun 2024
First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance
Content Governance

YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!

3 Jun 2024
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YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!
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3 Jun 2024
YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance
Content Governance

YouTube must stop helping Russia censor free speech, experts say

30 May 2024
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YouTube must stop helping Russia censor free speech, experts say
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30 May 2024
YouTube must stop helping Russia censor free speech, experts say
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance
Content Governance

Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете

29 May 2024
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Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете
Meduza ↗
29 May 2024
Независимые медиа и правозащитные организации призвали YouTube перестать помогать цензуре в российском интернете
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Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

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
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance
Content Governance

Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech

28 May 2024

Through an open letter, Access Now and over 20 Russian and international civil society organizations are urging YouTube and its parent company Google to not help the Kremlin censor Russian independent media and human rights organizations. 

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Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
28 May 2024
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
Thumbnail Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content Governance

A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices

27 May 2024
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A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices
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27 May 2024
A perspective on Meta’s moderation of Palestinian voices
STOP Methodology KeepItOn 2023
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Internet blackouts are increasing — here’s why

24 May 2024
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Internet blackouts are increasing — here’s why
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24 May 2024
Internet blackouts are increasing — here’s why