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.

Resources

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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.

Computer wires and connections

Artificial Intelligence

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

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.

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.

Telegram vs Russia

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

UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

UN cybercrime convention: open letter to EU-commission and member states

18 Jul 2024

EU member states must not sign the latest draft of the UN cybercrime convention if critical flaws are not addressed.

Press Release
UN cybercrime convention: open letter to EU-commission and member states
18 Jul 2024
UN cybercrime convention: open letter to EU-commission and member states
Computer wires and connections
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

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
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.

Guide
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
2 Jul 2024
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
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Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 

25 Jun 2024

Access Now urges the Indian government to amend the Telecom Act 2023 and consult with civil society and experts before framing rules to implement the Act to safeguard people’s rights to privacy and free speech.

Press Release
Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 
25 Jun 2024
Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 
Global encryption day 2023
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Joint statement urging Australia to protect end-to-end encryption in the Online Safety Act review

21 Jun 2024

The Australian government must utilise the Online Safety Act review process to protect and encourage the use of end-to-end encryption.

Press Release
Joint statement urging Australia to protect end-to-end encryption in the Online Safety Act review
21 Jun 2024
Joint statement urging Australia to protect end-to-end encryption in the Online Safety Act review
Tunisia digitization programs
Privacy
Privacy

U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place

13 Jun 2024
Press Release
U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place
13 Jun 2024
U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place
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
Cybersecurity

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.

Publication
Wavering resolutions: The UN Security Council on digital rights
13 Jun 2024
Wavering resolutions: The UN Security Council on digital rights
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.

Press Release
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
News
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
UN News ↗
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
News
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.

Press Release
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