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#NoExamShutdown KIO Header
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseJordanEnglish

#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.

Press Release
#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: التزام الأردن بعدم قطع الإنترنت ينبغي أن يستمرّ هذا العام
24 Jun 2024
#لا_لقطع_الإنترنت_خلال_الامتحانات: التزام الأردن بعدم قطع الإنترنت ينبغي أن يستمرّ هذا العام
#NoExamShutdown KIO Header
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseJordanEnglish

#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.

Press Release
#NoExamShutdown: Jordan’s commitment to #KeepItOn should continue this year
24 Jun 2024
#NoExamShutdown: Jordan’s commitment to #KeepItOn should continue this year
Global encryption day 2023
Cybersecurity
CybersecurityPress ReleaseAsia Pacific

Joint statement urging the Australian government to protect end-to-end encryption in the statutory review process of the Online Safety Act 

21 Jun 2024

The Australian government must utilise the Online Safety Act review process to protect and encourage the use of end-to-end encryption.

Press Release
Joint statement urging the Australian government to protect end-to-end encryption in the statutory review process of the Online Safety Act 
21 Jun 2024
Joint statement urging the Australian government to protect end-to-end encryption in the statutory review process of the Online Safety Act 
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseLatin AmericaSpanish

Apagones de Internet en 2023: el peor año registrado para América Latina y el Caribe

20 Jun 2024

Por casi todos los estándares, el año 2023 fue el peor en cuanto a apagones de internet registrados.

Press Release
Apagones de Internet en 2023: el peor año registrado para América Latina y el Caribe
20 Jun 2024
Apagones de Internet en 2023: el peor año registrado para América Latina y el Caribe
UN Security Council on Digital Rights
Privacy
PrivacyPress ReleaseGlobal

Privacy and human rights award at RightsCon 2025

18 Jun 2024

Access Now and the Global Privacy Assembly are launching a new international award to celebrate exemplary work to protect and promote privacy and other fundamental rights.

Press Release
Privacy and human rights award at RightsCon 2025
18 Jun 2024
Privacy and human rights award at RightsCon 2025
Access Now theme
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPostLatin AmericaSpanish

Cinco mitos sobre las bondades del “derecho al olvido” en América Latina, y cómo contraargumentarlos

17 Jun 2024
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Cinco mitos sobre las bondades del “derecho al olvido” en América Latina, y cómo contraargumentarlos
17 Jun 2024
Cinco mitos sobre las bondades del “derecho al olvido” en América Latina, y cómo contraargumentarlos
Tunisia digitization programs
Privacy
PrivacyPress ReleaseNorth America

U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place

13 Jun 2024
Press Release
U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place
13 Jun 2024
U.S. Federal Trade Commission must put privacy protections in place
UN Security Council on Digital Rights
Cybersecurity
CybersecurityPost

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.

Post
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
UN Security Council on Digital Rights
Cybersecurity
CybersecurityPublicationEnglish

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.

Publication
Wavering resolutions: The UN Security Council on digital rights
13 Jun 2024
Wavering resolutions: The UN Security Council on digital rights
CBE Ethiopia
Data Protection
Data ProtectionPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia: stop public shaming, respect human rights

12 Jun 2024

Access Now and CARD are demanding the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) to stop the unlawful publication of customer’s data.

Press Release
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia: stop public shaming, respect human rights
12 Jun 2024
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia: stop public shaming, respect human rights
CBE Ethiopia
Data Protection
Data ProtectionPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Access Now and CARD letter to Commercial Bank of Ethiopia on the publication of customers personal data

12 Jun 2024

Access Now and CARD are demanding the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) to stop the publication of its customer’s data.

Press Release
Access Now and CARD letter to Commercial Bank of Ethiopia on the publication of customers personal data
12 Jun 2024
Access Now and CARD letter to Commercial Bank of Ethiopia on the publication of customers personal data
#NoExamShutdown KIO Header
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseMiddle East & North AfricaEnglish

#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).

Press Release
#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
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPostEurope

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
#NoExamShutdown KIO Header
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseMiddle East & North AfricaEnglish

#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.

Press Release
#KeepItOn: Syria must end internet shutdowns during national exams
5 Jun 2024
#KeepItOn: Syria must end internet shutdowns during national exams
#KeepItOn report EECA
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseEastern Europe & Central AsiaRussian

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.

Press Release
ВЕЦА в 2023 году: отключения интернета прикрывают злодеяния
4 Jun 2024
ВЕЦА в 2023 году: отключения интернета прикрывают злодеяния
Civil Society Pegasus Spyware
Surveillance
SurveillancePublicationEastern Europe & Central AsiaEnglish

Exiled, then spied on: Civil society in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland targeted with Pegasus spyware

30 May 2024

At least seven more Russian, Belarusian, Latvian, and Israeli journalists and activists have been targeted with Pegasus within the EU.

Publication
Exiled, then spied on: Civil society in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland targeted with Pegasus spyware
30 May 2024
Exiled, then spied on: Civil society in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland targeted with Pegasus spyware
#KeepItOn report EECA
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseEastern Europe & Central AsiaUkrainian

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.

Press Release
СЄЦА у 2023 році: відключення інтернету заохочують до жорстокості
30 May 2024
СЄЦА у 2023 році: відключення інтернету заохочують до жорстокості
Access Now theme
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPost

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.

Post
Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
28 May 2024
Access Now Grants: how we supported activists in 2023
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance
Content GovernancePress ReleaseEastern Europe & Central Asia

Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech

28 May 2024

Through an open letter, Access Now and over 20 Russian and international civil society organizations are urging YouTube and its parent company Google to not help the Kremlin censor Russian independent media and human rights organizations. 

Press Release
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
28 May 2024
Civil society to YouTube: stop helping Russia suppress free speech
smart borders
Surveillance
SurveillancePress ReleaseLatin AmericaSpanish

Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes

24 May 2024

Access Now demanda a CBP a ICE debido a sus demoras e inadecuadas respuestas a solicitudes de acceso a la información pública.

Press Release
Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes
24 May 2024
Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes

Access Now in the news

Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
Connectivity

Israel opposes rebuilding Gaza’s internet access because terrorists could go online

21 Jun 2024
News
Israel opposes rebuilding Gaza’s internet access because terrorists could go online
21 Jun 2024
Israel opposes rebuilding Gaza’s internet access because terrorists could go online
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Connectivity

How the Myanmar VPN ban is plunging citizens into online darkness

19 Jun 2024
News
How the Myanmar VPN ban is plunging citizens into online darkness
Techradar ↗
19 Jun 2024
How the Myanmar VPN ban is plunging citizens into online darkness
an illustration with several blue security cameras on a purple and pink textured background.
Digital Identity Systems

Acuerdos y tecnologías permiten violaciones a la privacidad de las personas migrantes y en tránsito

17 Jun 2024
News
Acuerdos y tecnologías permiten violaciones a la privacidad de las personas migrantes y en tránsito
Contra Corriente ↗
17 Jun 2024
Acuerdos y tecnologías permiten violaciones a la privacidad de las personas migrantes y en tránsito
CBE Ethiopia
Data Protection

Ethiopia’s Commercial Bank violated customers’ data privacy, say critics

14 Jun 2024
News
Ethiopia’s Commercial Bank violated customers’ data privacy, say critics
Semafor ↗
14 Jun 2024
Ethiopia’s Commercial Bank violated customers’ data privacy, say critics
Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology
Artificial Intelligence

Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears

12 Jun 2024
News
Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears
Context ↗
12 Jun 2024
Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears
Thumbnail Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Data Protection

L’UE détourne le regard face à la surveillance de masse d’Israël

11 Jun 2024
News
L’UE détourne le regard face à la surveillance de masse d’Israël
Elucid ↗
11 Jun 2024
L’UE détourne le regard face à la surveillance de masse d’Israël
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

VPN ပိတ်လိုက်လို့ ပြည်သူတွေ ဘယ်လိုအကျိုးသက်ရောက်နိုင်သလဲ

11 Jun 2024
News
VPN ပိတ်လိုက်လို့ ပြည်သူတွေ ဘယ်လိုအကျိုးသက်ရောက်နိုင်သလဲ
Radio Free Asia ↗
11 Jun 2024
VPN ပိတ်လိုက်လို့ ပြည်သူတွေ ဘယ်လိုအကျိုးသက်ရောက်နိုင်သလဲ
STOP Methodology KeepItOn Socials
Internet Shutdowns

နည်းပညာမှန်သမျှ စစ်တပ်က ပိတ်နိုင်တဲ့ အနေထားမျိုး မမြင်ဘူး

11 Jun 2024
News
နည်းပညာမှန်သမျှ စစ်တပ်က ပိတ်နိုင်တဲ့ အနေထားမျိုး မမြင်ဘူး
Irrawaddy ↗
11 Jun 2024
နည်းပညာမှန်သမျှ စစ်တပ်က ပိတ်နိုင်တဲ့ အနေထားမျိုး မမြင်ဘူး
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance

In Russia la censura si abbatte anche su YouTube

6 Jun 2024
News
In Russia la censura si abbatte anche su YouTube
il Manifesto ↗
6 Jun 2024
In Russia la censura si abbatte anche su YouTube
Watermark and generative AI
Artificial Intelligence

How AI is changing elections around the world

6 Jun 2024
News
How AI is changing elections around the world
NBC ↗
6 Jun 2024
How AI is changing elections around the world
CBE Ethiopia
Data Protection

The state of data protection legislation in Africa

3 Jun 2024
News
The state of data protection legislation in Africa
Tech Policy Press ↗
3 Jun 2024
The state of data protection legislation in Africa
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Transparency

How a shadowy Meta, YouTube black market clouds India election integrity

3 Jun 2024
News
How a shadowy Meta, YouTube black market clouds India election integrity
Al Jazeera ↗
3 Jun 2024
How a shadowy Meta, YouTube black market clouds India election integrity
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance

YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!

3 Jun 2024
News
YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!
Radio Eska ↗
3 Jun 2024
YouTube pomaga Rosji? Eksperci są jednogłośni. Serwis musi tego zaprzestać!
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance

Exiled Russian, Belarusian opposition journalists targeted with Pegasus spyware

3 Jun 2024
News
Exiled Russian, Belarusian opposition journalists targeted with Pegasus spyware
The Record ↗
3 Jun 2024
Exiled Russian, Belarusian opposition journalists targeted with Pegasus spyware
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance

At least seven Kremlin critics targeted with spyware inside European Union

3 Jun 2024
News
At least seven Kremlin critics targeted with spyware inside European Union
WION ↗
3 Jun 2024
At least seven Kremlin critics targeted with spyware inside European Union
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance

Journalistes, exilés politiques… de nouvelles cibles de Pegasus identifiées en Europe

30 May 2024
News
Journalistes, exilés politiques… de nouvelles cibles de Pegasus identifiées en Europe
Le Monde ↗
30 May 2024
Journalistes, exilés politiques… de nouvelles cibles de Pegasus identifiées en Europe

Events

Join us at an upcoming event hosted by Access Now or our partners, and reach out to connect with us in person or online.

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Freedom of Expression

g0v Summit 2024

May 4 @ 9:00 am May 5 @ 5:00 pm KST

g0v (gov-zero) is a grassroots community of software developers, designers, activists, educators, writers, and citizens, focused on improving civil society through technology and collaboration.

Event
g0v Summit 2024

May 4 @ 9:00 am May 5 @ 5:00 pm KST

g0v Summit 2024
World Press Freedom Day
Freedom of Expression

World Press Freedom Day: Digital threats to free expression & climate discourse in Latin America and beyond

May 4 @ 9:00 am 10:30 am CMT

World Press Freedom Day 2024

Event
World Press Freedom Day: Digital threats to free expression & climate discourse in Latin America and beyond

May 4 @ 9:00 am 10:30 am CMT

World Press Freedom Day: Digital threats to free expression & climate discourse in Latin America and beyond
Secret surveillance: countering spyware’s threats to freedom of the press and expression
Freedom of Expression

Vigilancia y persecución: la represión de los DDHH en América Latina

May 2 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm SMT

On #WorldPressFreedomDay, 2 May 2024, join us in unpacking the much needed solutions to these attacks on human rights.

Event
Vigilancia y persecución: la represión de los DDHH en América Latina

May 2 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm SMT

Vigilancia y persecución: la represión de los DDHH en América Latina
Manual Del Pequeñx Vigiladx
Surveillance

Lanzamiento del Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx

March 25 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm CMT

Durante este evento lanzaremos el Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx, una herramienta para ayudarte a navegar el sistema judicial en caso de sufrir una detención errónea por sistemas biométricos.

Event
Lanzamiento del Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx

March 25 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm CMT

Lanzamiento del Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx