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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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Freedom of Expression

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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Freedom of Expression

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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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
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Connectivity

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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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
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

How Pakistan’s 4-month X ban is changing the internet

27 May 2024
News
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
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn

20 May 2024
News
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
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Connectivity
Connectivity

NGOs warn Elon Musk of ‘collective punishment’ if Starlink in Sudan is shut down

18 May 2024
News
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
Internet Shutdowns

အင်တာနက်ပိတ်ဆို့မှု အဆိုးဝါးဆုံးနိုင်ငံများ၌ မြန်မာပါဝင်၊ တိုင်းနှင့်ပြည်နယ် ၁၃ ခုတွင် အင်တာနက် ဖြတ်ခံရ

17 May 2024
News
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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Connectivity

NGOs urge Sudan’s warring parties to end communications blackouts

15 May 2024
News
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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Connectivity

No, TikTok users won’t be punished for using a VPN to access the app if it’s banned

10 May 2024
News
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
Belarus must keep it on!
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

沒有網路的日子:緬甸政變後的三年有540天被斷網,反抗勢力難以突破通訊阻斷

9 May 2024
News
沒有網路的日子:緬甸政變後的三年有540天被斷網,反抗勢力難以突破通訊阻斷
The News Lens ↗
9 May 2024
沒有網路的日子:緬甸政變後的三年有540天被斷網,反抗勢力難以突破通訊阻斷
Togo elections internet access
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Don’t shut internet down during 2024 elections – CSOs tell govt

26 Apr 2024
News
Don’t shut internet down during 2024 elections – CSOs tell govt
Graphic Online ↗
26 Apr 2024
Don’t shut internet down during 2024 elections – CSOs tell govt
Togo elections internet access
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Fighting internet shutdowns around the world

25 Apr 2024
News
Fighting internet shutdowns around the world
Pan African Television ↗
25 Apr 2024
Fighting internet shutdowns around the world
human impact of internet shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis

21 Mar 2024

These stories from the Sudan conflict show the human impact of the internet shutdowns that plunged the country into darkness last month.

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The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis
21 Mar 2024
The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis
EU Ukraine
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine

22 Feb 2024

Approaching two years since the full-scale invasion, we document the atrocities in Ukraine and the inflicted suffering on its people.

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What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine
22 Feb 2024
What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine
Belarus must keep it on!
Connectivity
Connectivity

A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections

21 Feb 2024
Press Release
A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections
21 Feb 2024
A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections
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