Internet Shutdowns

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Internet shutdowns threaten human rights around the world. They harm everyone: human rights defenders, journalists, protesters, emergency services, businesses, educators, and more. Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition work with stakeholders across sectors to end internet shutdowns worldwide.

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KeepItOn: Fighting internet shutdowns around the world

In 2023, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition recorded 283 internet shutdowns in 39 countries around the world, the highest number since we started the Shutdown Tracker Optimization Project (STOP).

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Tell MENA authorities: #NoExamShutdown

Year after year, the MENA region has led the world in exam-related shutdowns. With the 2024 exam season in the region quickly approaching, it’s time to take action and demand change! #NoExamShutdown

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Content Governance

2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch

Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.

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Freedom of Expression

The most violent year: internet shutdowns in 2023

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 internet shutdowns in 2023 — the highest number since 2016.

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Digital Security

Taxonomy of a shutdown: 8 ways governments restrict access to the internet, and how to #KeepItOn

Our new guide explains the technology behind network interference to help people prepare for, circumvent, and document internet shutdowns.

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KeepItOn: frequently asked questions

#KeepItOn: A global movement to end internet shutdowns 1. What is the #KeepItOn campaign? It’s a campaign launched by Access Now in 2016 to help unite and organize the efforts of activists

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Freedom of Expression

Have questions about internet shutdowns? Kill Switch has answers

Why aren’t internet shutdowns illegal? Are there ways to bypass them? Can we fight internet shutdowns in court? Does anyone see a way to end shutdowns, once and for all? Kill Switch podcast has the answers.

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Internet shutdowns and elections handbook

Internet shutdowns and elections handbook A guide for election observers, embassies, activists, and journalists [Leer en español] [Читайте на русском] This handbook explains how internet shutdowns undermine democractic elections and

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Connectivity

Palestine unplugged: how Israel disrupts Gaza’s internet

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

Advocating to #KeepItOn during elections: what you can do

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Safeguarding digital freedoms and fundamental rights in Bangladesh amid ongoing student protests

23 Jul 2024

We strongly condemn the violence against peaceful demonstrations, and urge the authorities to uphold human rights, and restore access to the country’s communication and Internet services.

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Safeguarding digital freedoms and fundamental rights in Bangladesh amid ongoing student protests
23 Jul 2024
Safeguarding digital freedoms and fundamental rights in Bangladesh amid ongoing student protests
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Toll in Bangladesh protests tops 100 as Dhaka falls quiet under curfew

22 Jul 2024
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Toll in Bangladesh protests tops 100 as Dhaka falls quiet under curfew
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22 Jul 2024
Toll in Bangladesh protests tops 100 as Dhaka falls quiet under curfew
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22 Jul 2024
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Bangladesh imposes nationwide curfew as deadly protests over government jobs escalate

22 Jul 2024
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Bangladesh imposes nationwide curfew as deadly protests over government jobs escalate
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22 Jul 2024
Bangladesh imposes nationwide curfew as deadly protests over government jobs escalate
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Bangladesh security forces fire bullets and sound grenades as protests over government jobs escalate

22 Jul 2024
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Bangladesh security forces fire bullets and sound grenades as protests over government jobs escalate
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22 Jul 2024
Bangladesh security forces fire bullets and sound grenades as protests over government jobs escalate
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#KeepItOn: Bangladesh’s government must restore internet access, ensure connectivity during student protests

19 Jul 2024

#KeepItOn coalition urges authorities in Bangladesh to ensure that people can access open, secure, and unrestricted internet during the ongoing student protests.

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#KeepItOn: Bangladesh’s government must restore internet access, ensure connectivity during student protests
19 Jul 2024
#KeepItOn: Bangladesh’s government must restore internet access, ensure connectivity during student protests
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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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18 Jul 2024
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Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts

8 Jul 2024
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Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts
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8 Jul 2024
Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts
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As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives

8 Jul 2024
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As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives
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8 Jul 2024
As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives
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Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia

5 Jul 2024
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Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia
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5 Jul 2024
Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia
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Access Now condemns recent internet disruption in Kenya

1 Jul 2024
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Access Now condemns recent internet disruption in Kenya
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1 Jul 2024
Access Now condemns recent internet disruption in Kenya
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Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban

26 Jun 2024

Myanmar’s VPN ban, imposed by the military junta, is preventing people from safely accessing blocked apps and websites.

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Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
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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.

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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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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.

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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 
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#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: التزام الأردن بعدم قطع الإنترنت ينبغي أن يستمرّ هذا العام

24 Jun 2024

We’re sending an open letter to authorities in Jordan calling them to continue to #KeepItOn during this year’s exams.

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#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: التزام الأردن بعدم قطع الإنترنت ينبغي أن يستمرّ هذا العام
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#NoExamShutdown: Jordan’s commitment to #KeepItOn should continue this year

24 Jun 2024

We’re sending an open letter to authorities in Jordan calling them to continue to #KeepItOn during this year’s exams.

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#NoExamShutdown: Jordan’s commitment to #KeepItOn should continue this year
24 Jun 2024
#NoExamShutdown: Jordan’s commitment to #KeepItOn should continue this year