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EU Ukraine
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPostEastern Europe & Central Asia

What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine

22 Feb 2024

Approaching two years since the full-scale invasion, we document the atrocities in Ukraine and the inflicted suffering on its people.

Post
What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine
22 Feb 2024
What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine
Belarus must keep it on!
Connectivity
ConnectivityPress ReleaseBelarusEnglish

A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections

21 Feb 2024
Press Release
A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections
21 Feb 2024
A1 Telekom Austria Group: ensure people’s access to open and secure internet during Belarusian elections
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseBelarusEnglish

#KeepItOn: A1 Telekom Austria Group must resist internet shutdowns and share shutdown requests 

21 Feb 2024

The #KeepItOn coalition urges A1 Telekom to publicly support free, open, and secure internet access for the people of Belarus throughout the elections.

Press Release
#KeepItOn: A1 Telekom Austria Group must resist internet shutdowns and share shutdown requests 
21 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn: A1 Telekom Austria Group must resist internet shutdowns and share shutdown requests 
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content GovernancePublicationIsraelEnglish

It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices

19 Feb 2024

This Access Now report documented cases of how Meta censors Palestinian voices on Facebook and Instagram.

Publication
It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
19 Feb 2024
It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content GovernancePress ReleaseIsraelEnglish

Meta must act: stop the systematic censorship of Palestinian voices

19 Feb 2024

Meta’s ongoing censorship of Palestine-related content during times of conflict is a systemic issue, not a glitch that needs addressing.

Press Release
Meta must act: stop the systematic censorship of Palestinian voices
19 Feb 2024
Meta must act: stop the systematic censorship of Palestinian voices
Data Protection
Data ProtectionPress ReleaseEuropeEnglish

GDPR enforcement: European Parliament must guarantee procedural rights to ensure people’s data protection

15 Feb 2024

European Parliament’s Procedural Harmonisation Regulation advances GDPR enforcement but is still not enough.

Press Release
GDPR enforcement: European Parliament must guarantee procedural rights to ensure people’s data protection
15 Feb 2024
GDPR enforcement: European Parliament must guarantee procedural rights to ensure people’s data protection
Indonesia MR5 Amicus Brief
Transparency
TransparencyPostEuropeEnglish

Why the EU’s new political advertising rules won’t protect the next European elections 

15 Feb 2024

The EU recently approved new rules intended to make political advertising more transparent. But will they deliver in time for June’s European elections?

Post
Why the EU’s new political advertising rules won’t protect the next European elections 
15 Feb 2024
Why the EU’s new political advertising rules won’t protect the next European elections 
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
Data Protection
Data ProtectionPostGlobalEnglish

Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm

13 Feb 2024

Our new report, Mapping Humanitarian Tech: exposing protection gaps in digital transformation programmes, examines how humanitarian-tech partnerships impact people and communities at risk.

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Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
13 Feb 2024
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
#StopSilencingPalestine: U.S. Senator joins civil society's call
Content Governance
Content GovernancePress ReleaseIsraelEnglish

A coalition of international organizations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms

12 Feb 2024

Access Now joins over 70 civil society organizations in urging Meta to abstain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms.

Press Release
A coalition of international organizations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms
12 Feb 2024
A coalition of international organizations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms
India fake news
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPress ReleaseMiddle East & North AfricaArabic

المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء

9 Feb 2024

تنضم أكساس ناو إلى 46 منظمة مجتمع مدني في إعلان يهدف إلى دعم الحفاظ على المرسوم رقم 88 الخاص بتنظيم الجمعيات.

Press Release
المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء
9 Feb 2024
المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء
#KeepItOn during elections
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseMiddle East & North AfricaEnglish

#KeepItOn in times of war: Sudan’s communications shutdown must be reversed urgently 

9 Feb 2024

The warring parties in Sudan must immediately end the disruption of internet access across the country and #KeepItOn!

Press Release
#KeepItOn in times of war: Sudan’s communications shutdown must be reversed urgently 
9 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn in times of war: Sudan’s communications shutdown must be reversed urgently 
UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
CybersecurityPress ReleaseGlobal

Governments must withhold support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty

8 Feb 2024

Given fundamental concerns from stakeholders, we urge governments to consider withholding support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty.

Press Release
Governments must withhold support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty
8 Feb 2024
Governments must withhold support for the current draft of cybercrime treaty
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAsia Pacific

#KeepItOn: To defend democracy, authorities must immediately reconnect Pakistan’s internet 

8 Feb 2024
Press Release
#KeepItOn: To defend democracy, authorities must immediately reconnect Pakistan’s internet 
8 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn: To defend democracy, authorities must immediately reconnect Pakistan’s internet 
UN Cybercrime Treaty: FAQ on necessary reforms
Cybersecurity
CybersecurityPress ReleaseGlobal

Protect Good Faith Security Research Globally in Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty

7 Feb 2024

The UN cybercrime treaty draft poses substantial risks to global cybersecurity and good faith cybersecurity researchers.

Press Release
Protect Good Faith Security Research Globally in Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty
7 Feb 2024
Protect Good Faith Security Research Globally in Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty
Armenia spyware victims: Pegasus hacking in war
Surveillance
SurveillancePress ReleaseNorth America

One small step for accountability: U.S. announces anonymous visa sanctions program for spyware violations

6 Feb 2024

In a positive but limited step, the U.S.’s new sanctions policy will deny visas to individuals who are involved in, facilitate, or financially benefit from the misuse of commercial spyware.

Press Release
One small step for accountability: U.S. announces anonymous visa sanctions program for spyware violations
6 Feb 2024
One small step for accountability: U.S. announces anonymous visa sanctions program for spyware violations
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAsia Pacific

#KeepItOn in Pakistan: ensure open and secure internet for all during the 2024 elections

6 Feb 2024

As Pakistan heads into elections on 8 February 2024, authorities must guarantee uninterrupted internet access for everyone across the country. 

Press Release
#KeepItOn in Pakistan: ensure open and secure internet for all during the 2024 elections
6 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn in Pakistan: ensure open and secure internet for all during the 2024 elections
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAsia Pacific

#KeepItOn: Pakistan’s caretaker government and election commission must ensure open and secure internet access throughout the 2024 elections 

6 Feb 2024

Access Now, the #KeepItOn coalition, and organisations from across globe urge authorities to #KeepItOn during the 2024 Pakistan elections.

Press Release
#KeepItOn: Pakistan’s caretaker government and election commission must ensure open and secure internet access throughout the 2024 elections 
6 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn: Pakistan’s caretaker government and election commission must ensure open and secure internet access throughout the 2024 elections 
Senegal Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

#KeepItOn: Senegalese authorities must immediately reinstate mobile internet access to all

5 Feb 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition denounce the ongoing internet shutdown in Senegal on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Press Release
#KeepItOn: Senegalese authorities must immediately reinstate mobile internet access to all
5 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn: Senegalese authorities must immediately reinstate mobile internet access to all
Azerbaijani government #KeepItOn elections
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAzerbaijanEnglish

Azerbaijani government and telcos must #KeepItOn during presidential elections

5 Feb 2024

Access Now is calling on the government of Azerbaijan to ensure unrestricted access to the internet throughout the election. 

Press Release
Azerbaijani government and telcos must #KeepItOn during presidential elections
5 Feb 2024
Azerbaijani government and telcos must #KeepItOn during presidential elections
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAzerbaijanEnglish

#KeepItOn: government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and internet service providers must  maintain free, open, and secure internet access throughout upcoming elections

5 Feb 2024

The government of Azerbaijan must ensure people can access open and secure internet when they need it the most and #KeepItOn.

Press Release
#KeepItOn: government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and internet service providers must  maintain free, open, and secure internet access throughout upcoming elections
5 Feb 2024
#KeepItOn: government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and internet service providers must  maintain free, open, and secure internet access throughout upcoming elections

Access Now in the news

ヨルダン国王への公開書簡
Cybersecurity

India proposes 24×7 global communication link to curb cybercrimes

22 Feb 2024
News
India proposes 24×7 global communication link to curb cybercrimes
Economic Times ↗
22 Feb 2024
India proposes 24×7 global communication link to curb cybercrimes
The EU must hold VLOPs accountable
Content Governance

The Digital Services Act is fully in effect, but many questions remain

20 Feb 2024
News
The Digital Services Act is fully in effect, but many questions remain
Tech Policy Press ↗
20 Feb 2024
The Digital Services Act is fully in effect, but many questions remain
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
Data Protection

Data of world’s most vulnerable put at risk by ‘opaque’ partnerships between NGOs and tech sector

20 Feb 2024
News
Data of world’s most vulnerable put at risk by ‘opaque’ partnerships between NGOs and tech sector
Euronews ↗
20 Feb 2024
Data of world’s most vulnerable put at risk by ‘opaque’ partnerships between NGOs and tech sector
Restore Telecoms and Internet Connectivity in Gaza Now!
Surveillance

How is Israel’s arms industry profiting from the war on Gaza?

20 Feb 2024
News
How is Israel’s arms industry profiting from the war on Gaza?
Al Jazeera ↗
20 Feb 2024
How is Israel’s arms industry profiting from the war on Gaza?
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
Data Protection

Access Now argues humanitarian biometrics need more transparency, rules

15 Feb 2024
News
Access Now argues humanitarian biometrics need more transparency, rules
Biometric Update ↗
15 Feb 2024
Access Now argues humanitarian biometrics need more transparency, rules
Private tech, humanitarian problems: how to ensure digital transformation does no harm
Data Protection

The ‘cynical space’ where aid, tech, and militaries intersect

15 Feb 2024
News
The ‘cynical space’ where aid, tech, and militaries intersect
Devex ↗
15 Feb 2024
The ‘cynical space’ where aid, tech, and militaries intersect
ヨルダン国王への公開書簡
Cybersecurity

Civil society warns of ‘critical gaps’ in UN’s draft cybercrime treaty

13 Feb 2024
News
Civil society warns of ‘critical gaps’ in UN’s draft cybercrime treaty
Voice of America ↗
13 Feb 2024
Civil society warns of ‘critical gaps’ in UN’s draft cybercrime treaty
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns

Sudan’s communication blackout ends as Sudani network restored

12 Feb 2024
News
Sudan’s communication blackout ends as Sudani network restored
The New Arab ↗
12 Feb 2024
Sudan’s communication blackout ends as Sudani network restored
EU terrorist content regulation
Content Governance

This website tracked hate crimes in India. Then the government took it offline

12 Feb 2024
News
This website tracked hate crimes in India. Then the government took it offline
WIRED ↗
12 Feb 2024
This website tracked hate crimes in India. Then the government took it offline
Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights PR header
Artificial Intelligence

AI ‘resurrects’ long dead dictator in murky era of deepfake electioneering

11 Feb 2024
News
AI ‘resurrects’ long dead dictator in murky era of deepfake electioneering
CNN ↗
11 Feb 2024
AI ‘resurrects’ long dead dictator in murky era of deepfake electioneering
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns

I blackout di internet minacciano le elezioni 2024

10 Feb 2024
News
I blackout di internet minacciano le elezioni 2024
WIRED ↗
10 Feb 2024
I blackout di internet minacciano le elezioni 2024
How to get rid of targeted ads on TikTok (only in the EU)
Freedom of Expression

Researchers call out TikTok for removing feature that counts views for Gaza war videos

10 Feb 2024
News
Researchers call out TikTok for removing feature that counts views for Gaza war videos
The New Arab ↗
10 Feb 2024
Researchers call out TikTok for removing feature that counts views for Gaza war videos
#StopSilencingPalestine
Freedom of Expression

Inside Meta, a debate over when the word ‘Zionist’ is hate speech

9 Feb 2024
News
Inside Meta, a debate over when the word ‘Zionist’ is hate speech
Washington Post ↗
9 Feb 2024
Inside Meta, a debate over when the word ‘Zionist’ is hate speech
Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology
Artificial Intelligence

London underground is testing real-time AI surveillance tools to spot crime

8 Feb 2024
News
London underground is testing real-time AI surveillance tools to spot crime
WIRED ↗
8 Feb 2024
London underground is testing real-time AI surveillance tools to spot crime
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns

Mobile services in Pakistan gradually restored following election day blackout

8 Feb 2024
News
Mobile services in Pakistan gradually restored following election day blackout
The New Arab ↗
8 Feb 2024
Mobile services in Pakistan gradually restored following election day blackout
A1 Telekom open letter
Internet Shutdowns

Pakistan government cuts internet as voters head to polls during general election

8 Feb 2024
News
Pakistan government cuts internet as voters head to polls during general election
The Record ↗
8 Feb 2024
Pakistan government cuts internet as voters head to polls during general election

Events

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GDPR European Parliament procedural rights
Data Protection

Understanding key issues in data protection framework implementation in Africa

January 29 @ 1:00 pm 3:30 pm EAT

Event
Understanding key issues in data protection framework implementation in Africa

January 29 @ 1:00 pm 3:30 pm EAT

Understanding key issues in data protection framework implementation in Africa
Surveillance

Lanzamiento de la Coalición Latinoamericana #MigrarSinVigilancia

18 December 2023 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm CST

Las personas en movimiento también tienen derecho a la privacidad. Es por esto que 30 organizaciones lanzamos la Coalición Latinoamericana #MigrarSinVigilancia para resguardar los derechos humanos de las personas migrantes a partir de la protección de sus datos personales.

Event
Lanzamiento de la Coalición Latinoamericana #MigrarSinVigilancia

18 December 2023 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm CST

Lanzamiento de la Coalición Latinoamericana #MigrarSinVigilancia
Internet Governance Forum

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Japan 2023

8 October 2023 @ 8:00 am 12 October 2023 @ 5:30 pm JST

Event
Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Japan 2023

8 October 2023 @ 8:00 am 12 October 2023 @ 5:30 pm JST

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Japan 2023
FIFAfrica 23
Internet Shutdowns

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2023

27 September 2023 @ 9:00 am 29 September 2023 @ 5:00 pm EAT

The annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will be held in Dar es Salam, Tanzania on September 27-29, 2023.

Event
Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2023

27 September 2023 @ 9:00 am 29 September 2023 @ 5:00 pm EAT

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2023