Internet Shutdowns

ENDING INTERNET SHUTDOWNS

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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CAMPAIGN

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).

RESOURCES

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Freedom of Expression

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

KeepItOn 2024 Elections and Internet Shutdowns Watch

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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UN Security Council on Digital Rights
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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
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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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11 Jun 2024
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Radio Free Asia ↗
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နည်းပညာမှန်သမျှ စစ်တပ်က ပိတ်နိုင်တဲ့ အနေထားမျိုး မမြင်ဘူး

11 Jun 2024
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နည်းပညာမှန်သမျှ စစ်တပ်က ပိတ်နိုင်တဲ့ အနေထားမျိုး မမြင်ဘူး
Irrawaddy ↗
11 Jun 2024
နည်းပညာမှန်သမျှ စစ်တပ်က ပိတ်နိုင်တဲ့ အနေထားမျိုး မမြင်ဘူး
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#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: على سوريا وضع حدٍّ لإجراءات قطع الإنترنت خلال الامتحانات الرسميّة

7 Jun 2024

مع اقتراب فترة الامتحانات هذا العام، نرسل رسالة إلى السلطات في سوريا لعدم حجب الانترنت (#KeepItOn) (#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات).

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#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: على سوريا وضع حدٍّ لإجراءات قطع الإنترنت خلال الامتحانات الرسميّة
7 Jun 2024
#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: على سوريا وضع حدٍّ لإجراءات قطع الإنترنت خلال الامتحانات الرسميّة
First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
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First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia

5 Jun 2024

In New Caledonia, French authorities blocked TikTok. This measure is disproportionate, unnecessary, and another bad omen for democracy.

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First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
5 Jun 2024
First-time culprit: France blocks TikTok in New Caledonia
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#KeepItOn: Syria must end internet shutdowns during national exams

5 Jun 2024

We’re sending an open letter to authorities in Syria to #KeepItOn during exams and call for #NoExamShutdown.

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#KeepItOn: Syria must end internet shutdowns during national exams
5 Jun 2024
#KeepItOn: Syria must end internet shutdowns during national exams
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ВЕЦА в 2023 году: отключения интернета прикрывают злодеяния

4 Jun 2024

Почти по всем показателям 2023 год стал худшим годом по количеству отключений интернета за всю историю наблюдений.

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ВЕЦА в 2023 году: отключения интернета прикрывают злодеяния
4 Jun 2024
ВЕЦА в 2023 году: отключения интернета прикрывают злодеяния
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Digital darkness: India leads the world in internet shutdowns

30 May 2024
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Digital darkness: India leads the world in internet shutdowns
Hindu Frontline ↗
30 May 2024
Digital darkness: India leads the world in internet shutdowns
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Guerre e Clima, mai così tante interruzioni a internet

30 May 2024
News
Guerre e Clima, mai così tante interruzioni a internet
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30 May 2024
Guerre e Clima, mai così tante interruzioni a internet
#KeepItOn report EECA
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СЄЦА у 2023 році: відключення інтернету заохочують до жорстокості

30 May 2024

Майже за усіма показниками 2023-ий став найгіршим роком, що стосується відключень інтернету за усю історію спостережень.

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СЄЦА у 2023 році: відключення інтернету заохочують до жорстокості
30 May 2024
СЄЦА у 2023 році: відключення інтернету заохочують до жорстокості
KeepItOn 2023 MENA
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India is no. 1 again for internet shutdowns: ‘almost a form of collective punishment’

29 May 2024
News
India is no. 1 again for internet shutdowns: ‘almost a form of collective punishment’
South China Morning Post ↗
29 May 2024
India is no. 1 again for internet shutdowns: ‘almost a form of collective punishment’
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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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The worst year for internet shutdowns since records began

27 May 2024
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The worst year for internet shutdowns since records began
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27 May 2024
The worst year for internet shutdowns since records began
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How Pakistan’s 4-month X ban is changing the internet

27 May 2024
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How Pakistan’s 4-month X ban is changing the internet
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27 May 2024
How Pakistan’s 4-month X ban is changing the internet
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India tops global internet shutdown list for 6th year in a row — ‘it is widening digital divide’

24 May 2024
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India tops global internet shutdown list for 6th year in a row — ‘it is widening digital divide’
ThePrint ↗
24 May 2024
India tops global internet shutdown list for 6th year in a row — ‘it is widening digital divide’