Digital Security

STAYING SAFE AND SECURE ONLINE

We work to ensure human right defenders and others facing digital security threats have the resources they need to protect themselves and their communities.

Digital Security Helpline

The Digital Security Helpline is a free of charge resource for civil society around the world. We offer real-time, direct technical assistance and advice to activists, independent media, and civil society organizations.…

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International Women's Day

Content Governance

What is doxxing, and how does it endanger women?

This International Women’s Day, we’re telling platforms like Telegram, Twitch, and Meta to take women’s safety seriously.

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Digital Security

Strengthening civil society’s defenses: what Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline has learned from its first 10,000 cases

Online civic space is under attack, and Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline is a lifeline that crosses time zones and languages to support at-risk groups and individuals from civil society. The 24/7 computer security incident response team has now assisted on more than 10,000 cases affecting activists, journalists, and non-profit organizations. “Strengthening civil society’s defenses: what Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline” shares what we have learned from the first 10,000 cases, identifying key trends, exploring case studies, and offering insight from data on requests for assistance from across the globe.

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Digital Security

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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.

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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
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Data Protection
Data Protection

Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia

6 May 2024

Access Now is calling on Amazon to halt the launch of AWS infrastructure region in Saudi Arabia and adequately address the severe human rights impacts that would arise from such a move.

Press Release
Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
6 May 2024
Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
Digital Security Helpline
Digital Security
Digital Security

Visualizing the Digital Security Helpline’s recent impact

25 Apr 2024

Here’s how Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline helped more than 3,000 members of civil society stay safe online in 2023.

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Visualizing the Digital Security Helpline’s recent impact
25 Apr 2024
Visualizing the Digital Security Helpline’s recent impact
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
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
Civil Society Pegasus Spyware
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.

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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.

Guide
UN Cybercrime Convention: FAQ on necessary reforms
25 Jan 2024
UN Cybercrime Convention: FAQ on necessary reforms
human impact of internet shutdowns
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
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Digital Security
Digital Security

How to stay safe online during the 2024 Bangladesh election

2 Jan 2024

The 2024 Bangladesh election takes place on 7 January. Against a backdrop of myriad threats to digital freedoms and human rights online, we’re created a guide to help journalists, activists, and voters stay safe during the election period.

Guide
How to stay safe online during the 2024 Bangladesh election
2 Jan 2024
How to stay safe online during the 2024 Bangladesh election
Global encryption day 2023
Privacy
Privacy

These safety standards lack safeguards: Australia must protect encryption

20 Dec 2023

Through an open letter, over 600 signatories are urging the eSafety Commissioner to introduce safeguards fo encrypted services in the Online Safety Codes.

Press Release
These safety standards lack safeguards: Australia must protect encryption
20 Dec 2023
These safety standards lack safeguards: Australia must protect encryption
spyware
Surveillance
Surveillance

Spyware in Serbia: civil society under attack

28 Nov 2023

Access Now and our partners have discovered that civil society in Serbia have been targeted with invasive spyware technology. Here’s what we know.

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Spyware in Serbia: civil society under attack
28 Nov 2023
Spyware in Serbia: civil society under attack
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
Press under Attack – Digital Strategies to Intimidate Journalists in Latin America
Digital Security
Digital Security

Claims that NSO’s Pegasus spyware helps Israel find hostages are ‘nonsense,’ experts say

22 Nov 2023
News
Claims that NSO’s Pegasus spyware helps Israel find hostages are ‘nonsense,’ experts say
Fast Company ↗
22 Nov 2023
Claims that NSO’s Pegasus spyware helps Israel find hostages are ‘nonsense,’ experts say
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
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