More than 50,000 people have taken action on internet shutdowns — but the fight isn’t over yet, as disruptions are still harming lives around the world. We need your voice more than ever!

To the world’s governments,
I urge you to publicly commit to keep the internet on. Internet shutdowns harm human rights and the economy.

#KeepItOn is an Access Now campaign. Read more about us.

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What is an internet shutdown?

An internet shutdown happens when someone — usually a government — intentionally disrupts the internet or mobile apps to control what people say or do. Shutdowns are also sometimes called “blackouts” or “kill switches”. Here’s a more technical definition developed by experts: “An internet shutdown is an intentional disruption of internet or electronic communications, rendering them inaccessible or effectively unusable, for a specific population or within a location, often to exert control over the flow of information.”

The internet enables all our human rights, and we need our leaders to pledge to #KeepitOn.

Why is this a problem?

Internet shutdowns pose a threat to human rights around the world. They harm everyone: businesses, emergency services, journalism, human rights defenders, and demonstrators. They don’t help victims or restore order. Even worse, they’re increasing — in 2016, we recorded more than 50 shutdowns, more than double what we recorded in 2015.


  • “How do you expect to achieve the digital economy plan when you shut down the internet in a region where the country’s best techies are found?” – user in Cameroon
  • “When our mobile connection was finally restored, we learned that eight people had been killed in the last few hours.” — Journalist in Kashmir, India
  • “You cannot imagine how hard it was, not being able to have access to Internet and to some mobile services. I was sometimes obliged to cross the border to Rwanda to check my emails and to send out some tweets about the current situation.” — Arsène Tungali, Journalist
  • “It’s bad when you know the government can isolate you from the whole world.” — Ramy Essam, Egyptian artist
  • “I risk my life by traveling on the killer Kumba-Douala road [notorious for its road traffic accidents] once every week just to be able to go online. I am a refugee in my own country.” – community manager in Buea, Cameroon
  • “We need internet for communication, commerce, education, personal growth, helping humans & animals and much, much more.” @wintress_1
  • “I had to make a four-hour round trip to a neighbouring region every time I wanted to send radio reports to my editors.” Frederic Takang, BBC News, Cameroon
  • “I work on guard duty with a protected person and I’m put up at the Srinagar police lines. Due to the lack of phone network, I couldn’t reach out to my family.” — police officer in Kashmir, India

Who’s pushing back

  • Acceso Libre
  • Access Now
  • ACI Participa
  • Advocacy Initiative for Development
  • AFEX
  • Afghan Independent Journalists Association
  • Afghanistan Journalists Center
  • Africtivistes
  • Arab World Internet Institute
  • Asociacion por los Derechos Civiles
  • Association Djiboutienne des Droits de l’Homme
  • Association for Progressive Communications
  • Baaroo
  • Bahrain Center for Human Rights
  • Bahrain Watch
  • Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum
  • Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communications
  • Bits of Freedom
  • Bloggers Association of Kenya
  • Blueprint for Free Speech
  • Bolo Bhi
  • Bytes for All
  • Campaign for Human Rights and Development International
  • Ca Suffit
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Center for Media Research Nepal
  • CIPESA
  • CIPIT
  • Collectif #Sasouffit
  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Cyber Arabs
  • Delhi Union of Journalists
  • Derechos Digitales
  • Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan
  • Digital Rights Watch Australia
  • Digital Society of Zimbabwe
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • EMPOWER
  • Engage Media
  • EPIC
  • Feminism in India
  • Filipino Freethinkers
  • Fight for the Future
  • Foundation for Media Alternatives
  • Free Media Movement, Sri Lanka
  • Freedom Forum Nepal
  • Freemuse
  • Free Press
  • Free Press Unlimited
  • Fundacja ePaństwo
  • Fundacion Via Libre
  • Gambia Press Union
  • GetUp!
  • Gulf Center for Human Rights
  • GreatFire
  • Hack the Climate
  • Heliopolis Institute
  • Hiperderecho
  • Hivos
  • Human Rights Foundation
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Ideosync Media Combine
  • ifreedom Uganda
  • Icelandic Modern Media Initiative
  • Index on Censorship
  • Internet Lab
  • International Federation of Journalists
  • Internet Freedom Foundation
  • International Media Support
  • Internet Sans Frontières
  • Internet Society
  • International Service for Human Rights
  • Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan
  • Internews
  • Ipandetec
  • IRADA
  • Iraqi Network for Social Media
  • Institute for Development of Freedom of Information
  • Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety
  • IT for Change
  • ITS Rio
  • Iyina
  • Jhatkaa
  • Jordan Open Source Association
  • Journalist Association of Bhutan
  • KICTANet
  • Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet
  • La Quadrature du Net
  • Maldives Journalists Association
  • Media Development Foundation Maldives
  • Media Foundation for West Africa
  • Media Institute of Southern Africa
  • Media Matters for Democracy
  • Media Rights Agenda
  • Open Observatory of Network Interference
  • Open Democracy Advice Centre
  • OpenMedia
  • Open State Foundation
  • Open Technology Instititute
  • Namibia Media Trust
  • NYC Mesh
  • Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
  • Pacific Freedom Forum
  • PEN America
  • PEN Melbourne
  • PenPlusBytes
  • Press Union of Liberia
  • Projet d’action pour une Alternance Crédible au Tchad
  • Public Knowledge
  • R3D
  • Reporters Sans Frontières
  • Right2Know
  • Sarawak Report
  • ShareAction
  • Sinar Project
  • Social Media Exchange
  • SocialTic
  • Software Freedom Law Centre
  • SonTusDatos
  • South Asia Media Solidarity Network
  • Sula Batsu
  • Sunlight Foundation
  • Trop C’est Trop
  • Turkey Blocks
  • TVYangu
  • Unwanted Witness
  • Usuarios Digitales – Ecuador
  • Venezuela Inteligente
  • Viet Tan
  • Web Foundation
  • WITNESS
  • Women in Information Technology
  • Women of Uganda Network
  • Working Woman Journalists Nepal
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More you can do to help

  1. Tell world leaders to keep the internet on.

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