Connectivity

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

21 Feb 2024
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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
header image: pushing back against IMEI registration in Myanmar
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain

31 Jan 2024

Today marks three years since Myanmar’s junta seized power in a violent coup. Access Now is calling on the international community to offer resources to resist digital oppression.

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The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
31 Jan 2024
The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
Myanmar's digital dictatorship
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Connectivity

A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship

31 Jan 2024

Access Now and a coalition of human rights organizations call on the international and business community to resist the digital coup in Myanmar.

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A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
31 Jan 2024
A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
Belarus must keep it on!
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

#KeepItOn: Comoros must not black out the internet to quell post-election protests

19 Jan 2024
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#KeepItOn: Comoros must not black out the internet to quell post-election protests
19 Jan 2024
#KeepItOn: Comoros must not black out the internet to quell post-election protests
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Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

#KeepItOn ግጭት፦ አማራ ክልል ውስጥ የኢንተርኔት መዘጋት በሰው ላይ የሚያሳድረው ጫና

5 Jan 2024

ከአማራ ክልል ካሉ ሰዎች የተገኙ 11 ታሪኮች

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#KeepItOn ግጭት፦ አማራ ክልል ውስጥ የኢንተርኔት መዘጋት በሰው ላይ የሚያሳድረው ጫና
5 Jan 2024
#KeepItOn ግጭት፦ አማራ ክልል ውስጥ የኢንተርኔት መዘጋት በሰው ላይ የሚያሳድረው ጫና
#KeepItOn during elections
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Connectivity

#KeepItOn in Bangladesh: ensure open, free internet before, during, and after elections 

4 Jan 2024

Authorities in Bangladesh must guarantee unfettered access to the internet and all other digital communication channels through all phases of the election cycle. 

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#KeepItOn in Bangladesh: ensure open, free internet before, during, and after elections 
4 Jan 2024
#KeepItOn in Bangladesh: ensure open, free internet before, during, and after elections 
#KeepItOn during elections
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Connectivity

#KeepItOn: Bangladeshi authorities must protect open and secure internet throughout the 2024 elections 

4 Jan 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are calling on Bangladeshi authorities in Banglades to ensure people across the country have full access to the internet, social media platforms, and communication channels before, during, and after upcoming parliamentary elections.

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#KeepItOn: Bangladeshi authorities must protect open and secure internet throughout the 2024 elections 
4 Jan 2024
#KeepItOn: Bangladeshi authorities must protect open and secure internet throughout the 2024 elections 
India’s Telecommunications Bill, 2023 threatens open, secure, and unhindered internet access.
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

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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
Human Rights 75 Pledges
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Internet shutdowns and the UDHR: why internet access matters for human rights in the digital age

11 Dec 2023

On the 75th anniversary of the UDHR, we explain why stopping internet shutdowns is key for upholding fundamental human rights in the digital age.

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Internet shutdowns and the UDHR: why internet access matters for human rights in the digital age
11 Dec 2023
Internet shutdowns and the UDHR: why internet access matters for human rights in the digital age
Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

فلسطين خارج التغطية: كيف تقطع إسرائيل الإنترنت عن غزة

24 Nov 2023

يقدّم هذا التقرير دراسة لحالة الإنترنت في قطاع غزة طوال شهر أكتوبر 2023 من خلال تحليلٍ حركة الإنترنت حسب مزوّدي خدمات الإنترنت في مختلف مواقع القطاع.

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فلسطين خارج التغطية: كيف تقطع إسرائيل الإنترنت عن غزة
24 Nov 2023
فلسطين خارج التغطية: كيف تقطع إسرائيل الإنترنت عن غزة
human impact of internet shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

#KeepItOn in conflict: the human impact of internet shutdowns in Amhara region, Ethiopia

22 Nov 2023

This 11 stories from Ethiopian people tells the human impact of internet shutdowns in the Amhara region of Ethiopia in the past 100+ days.

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#KeepItOn in conflict: the human impact of internet shutdowns in Amhara region, Ethiopia
22 Nov 2023
#KeepItOn in conflict: the human impact of internet shutdowns in Amhara region, Ethiopia
digital ceasefire gaza
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

How Israel is shutting down the internet in Gaza

10 Nov 2023
Press Release
How Israel is shutting down the internet in Gaza
10 Nov 2023
How Israel is shutting down the internet in Gaza
Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Palestine unplugged: how Israel disrupts Gaza’s internet

10 Nov 2023

This report illustrates the state of Gaza’s internet throughout October 2023 by looking at internet traffic by ISPs and locations.

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Palestine unplugged: how Israel disrupts Gaza’s internet
10 Nov 2023
Palestine unplugged: how Israel disrupts Gaza’s internet
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