ENDING INTERNET SHUTDOWNS
Internet shutdowns threaten human rights around the world. They harm everyone: businesses, emergency services, journalism, human rights defenders, and protesters. Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition work with stakeholders across sectors to end internet shutdowns worldwide.
KeepItOn: Fighting internet shutdowns around the world
In 2021, Access Now’s Shutdown Tracker Optimization Project (STOP), in collaboration with the #KeepItOn coalition, recorded at least 182 internet shutdowns in 34 countries worldwide, including the longest internet shutdowns on record.
Freedom of Expression
Elections and internet shutdowns are a disaster for democracy. See which countries the #KeepItOn coalition is watching in 2022.
In 2021, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 182 internet shutdowns across 34 countries. This shows a dramatic resurgence of this oppressive form of control.
Our new guide explains the technology behind network interference to help people prepare for, circumvent, and document internet shutdowns.
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
#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
Freedom of Expression
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.
Advocating to #KeepItOn during elections: what you can do
Libya floods: people need reliable internet now
Authorities in Libya must ensure unfettered access to the internet and digital communications platforms in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Where to find Access Now at FIFAfrica 2023
The world must not forget Mahsa Amini
It has been a year since Mahsa Amini died while in the custody of Iran’s “morality police,” leading to waves of protests across the country – and a subsequent crackdown by the country’s rulers against dissent, both offline and online. We’ve mapped some of the troubling trends in Iran’s digital authoritarian playbook.
Authorities in Ethiopia must restore internet access in Amhara
Preserving freedom in crisis: Ethiopia’s internet shutdowns must not become the norm
Authorities in Ethiopia must stop the trend of internet shutdowns and restore access to the internet in Amhara.
An open letter to the RightsCon community about RightsCon Costa Rica and what comes next
We explain the challenges and exclusion some participants faced, apologize and take accountability for our role, and share thoughts on the road ahead.
Gabon’s election: President Ali Bongo must protect internet access
President Ali Bongo must keep the internet accessible throughout Gabon’s entire general election process — regardless of the outcome.
#KeepItOn: our call to guarantee open and secure internet access during upcoming elections in Gabon
Governments across Africa must ensure people can access the internet when they need it the most. This election, we urge Gabon to #KeepItOn.