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Surveillance
SurveillancePress ReleaseEuropeEnglish

Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance

10 Apr 2024

The EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum ushers in a deadly new era of digital surveillance, expanding the digital infrastructure for an EU border regime based on the criminalisation and punishment of migrants and racialised people. 

Press Release
Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
10 Apr 2024
Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
Watermark and generative AI
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial IntelligencePress ReleaseEnglish

Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence

10 Apr 2024

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, welcome the United States-led United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution “Seizing the opportunities of safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems for sustainable development.”

Press Release
Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence
10 Apr 2024
Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence
LGBTQ rights Uganda
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Protect rights online and off: Uganda’s court upholds criminalization of LGBTQ+ advocacy

3 Apr 2024

The Constitutional Court of Uganda has upheld the Anti-Homosexuality Act, dealing a deadly blow to human rights.

Press Release
Protect rights online and off: Uganda’s court upholds criminalization of LGBTQ+ advocacy
3 Apr 2024
Protect rights online and off: Uganda’s court upholds criminalization of LGBTQ+ advocacy
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content GovernancePress ReleaseAsia Pacific

YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election

2 Apr 2024

YouTube is approving election disinformation ads in India ahead of the country’s general election, a new joint investigation by Access Now and Global Witness has found.

Press Release
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
2 Apr 2024
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content GovernancePress ReleaseAsia Pacific

लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा यूट्यूब

2 Apr 2024

एक्सेस नाउ और ग्लोबल विटनेस की नई संयुक्त जांच में पाया गया है कि यूट्यूब देश के लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में चुनावी रूप से भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा है।

Press Release
लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा यूट्यूब
2 Apr 2024
लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले भारत में भ्रमित करने वाले विज्ञापनों को मंजूरी दे रहा यूट्यूब
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance
Content GovernancePress ReleaseAsia Pacific

భారతదేశంలో సార్వత్రిక ఎన్నికలకు ముందు అసత్య సమాచార ప్రకటనలను యూట్యూబ్  ఆమోదించింది. 

2 Apr 2024

దేశంలో సార్వత్రిక ఎన్నికలకు ముందు ఎన్నికల గురించి జరిగే అసత్య ప్రకటనలను యూట్యూబ్ ఆమోదిస్తోందని యాక్సెస్ నౌ (Access Now) మరియూ గ్లోబల్ విట్‌నెస్ (Global Witness) సంయుక్తoగా చేపట్టిన కొత్త పరిశోధనలో వెల్లడైంది.

Press Release
భారతదేశంలో సార్వత్రిక ఎన్నికలకు ముందు అసత్య సమాచార ప్రకటనలను యూట్యూబ్  ఆమోదించింది. 
2 Apr 2024
భారతదేశంలో సార్వత్రిక ఎన్నికలకు ముందు అసత్య సమాచార ప్రకటనలను యూట్యూబ్  ఆమోదించింది. 
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
PublicationAsia Pacific

“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube

2 Apr 2024

A new joint investigation by Access Now and Global Witness has found that YouTube is approving election disinformation ads in India ahead of the country’s general election.

Publication
“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube
2 Apr 2024
“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content GovernancePostIsraelEnglish

Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea

27 Mar 2024

Meta is (re)considering how to moderate content involving the term “Zionist.” Here’s why this hate speech policy is (still) a bad idea.

Post
Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea
27 Mar 2024
Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea
Manual Del Pequeñx Vigilado Header
Surveillance
SurveillancePostLatin AmericaSpanish

Falsos positivos, verdaderas consecuencias

26 Mar 2024
Post
Falsos positivos, verdaderas consecuencias
26 Mar 2024
Falsos positivos, verdaderas consecuencias
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPress ReleaseMiddle East & North AfricaEnglish

A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”

26 Mar 2024

Access Now welcome the Oversight Board’s opinion urging Meta to end its blanket ban on the term “shaheed” when referring to individuals designated as dangerous.

Press Release
A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”
26 Mar 2024
A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”
Manual Del Pequeñx Vigilado Header
Data Protection
Data ProtectionGuideArgentinaSpanish

Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx

25 Mar 2024

El Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx es una guía para ayudarte a navegar el sistema judicial en caso de sufrir una detención errónea por sistemas biométricos.

Guide
Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx
25 Mar 2024
Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx
human impact of internet shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPostMiddle East & North AfricaEnglish

The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis

21 Mar 2024

These stories from the Sudan conflict show the human impact of the internet shutdowns that plunged the country into darkness last month.

Post
The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis
21 Mar 2024
The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis
LGBTQ rights Uganda
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Open letter to the President of Ghana: Reject the anti-LGBTQ+ bill to protect human rights

20 Mar 2024

Access Now and 28 civil society organizations are calling on President Nana-Akuffo Addo to reject Ghana’s draconian anti-LGBTQ+ bill.

Press Release
Open letter to the President of Ghana: Reject the anti-LGBTQ+ bill to protect human rights
20 Mar 2024
Open letter to the President of Ghana: Reject the anti-LGBTQ+ bill to protect human rights
Russia #KeepItOn elections
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAfricaFrench

Ligne de vie de la démocratie: Le Sénégal doit maintenir l’accès à l’internet pendant l’élection présidentielle

19 Mar 2024
Press Release
Ligne de vie de la démocratie: Le Sénégal doit maintenir l’accès à l’internet pendant l’élection présidentielle
19 Mar 2024
Ligne de vie de la démocratie: Le Sénégal doit maintenir l’accès à l’internet pendant l’élection présidentielle
Russia #KeepItOn elections
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAfricaFrench

#KeepItOn : Le gouvernement du Sénégal doit garantir un accès Internet ouvert et sécurisé tout au long de l’élection présidentielle de 2024

19 Mar 2024

Les nations à travers l’Afrique, et le monde, doivent assurer aux personnes un accès ouvert, sécurisé et gratuit à l’Internet quand ils en ont le plus besoin.

Press Release
#KeepItOn : Le gouvernement du Sénégal doit garantir un accès Internet ouvert et sécurisé tout au long de l’élection présidentielle de 2024
19 Mar 2024
#KeepItOn : Le gouvernement du Sénégal doit garantir un accès Internet ouvert et sécurisé tout au long de l’élection présidentielle de 2024
Russia #KeepItOn elections
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Democracy’s lifeline: Senegal must uphold internet access this election

19 Mar 2024

Authorities in Senegal must commit to ensuring access to the internet throughout the election period.

Press Release
Democracy’s lifeline: Senegal must uphold internet access this election
19 Mar 2024
Democracy’s lifeline: Senegal must uphold internet access this election
Russia #KeepItOn elections
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

#KeepItOn: government of Senegal must ensure open and secure internet access throughout the 2024 presidential elections

19 Mar 2024

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

Press Release
#KeepItOn: government of Senegal must ensure open and secure internet access throughout the 2024 presidential elections
19 Mar 2024
#KeepItOn: government of Senegal must ensure open and secure internet access throughout the 2024 presidential elections
Restore access to X in Pakistan
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAsia Pacific

Civil society statement on continued network shutdowns and platform blocking in Pakistan

14 Mar 2024

We call for immediate action to reverse the course of digital censorship in Pakistan and unblock X.

Press Release
Civil society statement on continued network shutdowns and platform blocking in Pakistan
14 Mar 2024
Civil society statement on continued network shutdowns and platform blocking in Pakistan
Russia Internet access
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseEastern Europe & Central AsiaEnglish

Russia’s elections: internet access is fundamental

14 Mar 2024

To uphold a semblance of democracy on and after polling day, Russian authorities must ensure open and secure internet access across Russia.

Press Release
Russia’s elections: internet access is fundamental
14 Mar 2024
Russia’s elections: internet access is fundamental
Russia #KeepItOn elections
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseEastern Europe & Central AsiaEnglish

#KeepItOn: Russian authorities and ISPs must safeguard free, open, and secure internet access during upcoming presidential elections

14 Mar 2024

During important national events, people need open, free, and secure internet access. Russia must #KeepItOn.

Press Release
#KeepItOn: Russian authorities and ISPs must safeguard free, open, and secure internet access during upcoming presidential elections
14 Mar 2024
#KeepItOn: Russian authorities and ISPs must safeguard free, open, and secure internet access during upcoming presidential elections

Access Now in the news

YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election

9 Apr 2024
News
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election
Somewhere on Earth: The Global Tech Podcast ↗
9 Apr 2024
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India in run up to election
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

Why YouTube remains a fertile ground for electoral disinformation?

7 Apr 2024
News
Why YouTube remains a fertile ground for electoral disinformation?
BOOM Live ↗
7 Apr 2024
Why YouTube remains a fertile ground for electoral disinformation?
European Media Freedom Act
Freedom of Expression

Digital rights in the Caribbean: not to be lost in the eternal darkness

5 Apr 2024
News
Digital rights in the Caribbean: not to be lost in the eternal darkness
Tech Policy Press ↗
5 Apr 2024
Digital rights in the Caribbean: not to be lost in the eternal darkness
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

Did YouTube green-lit ads with disinformation on Indian elections?

4 Apr 2024
News
Did YouTube green-lit ads with disinformation on Indian elections?
FirstPost ↗
4 Apr 2024
Did YouTube green-lit ads with disinformation on Indian elections?
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

YouTube okayed ads with polls disinfo, report finds. ‘Ads withdrawn before our checks,’ says platform

4 Apr 2024
News
YouTube okayed ads with polls disinfo, report finds. ‘Ads withdrawn before our checks,’ says platform
ThePrint ↗
4 Apr 2024
YouTube okayed ads with polls disinfo, report finds. ‘Ads withdrawn before our checks,’ says platform
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

YouTube approved ads spreading misinfo about India’s poll process: Investigation

4 Apr 2024
News
YouTube approved ads spreading misinfo about India’s poll process: Investigation
Hindustan Times ↗
4 Apr 2024
YouTube approved ads spreading misinfo about India’s poll process: Investigation
European Media Freedom Act
Content Governance

What exactly is Instagram’s political content filter filtering out?

3 Apr 2024
News
What exactly is Instagram’s political content filter filtering out?
WIRED ↗
3 Apr 2024
What exactly is Instagram’s political content filter filtering out?
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, YouTube approved ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report

3 Apr 2024
News
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, YouTube approved ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
Scroll ↗
3 Apr 2024
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, YouTube approved ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

YouTube nod to 48 ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report

3 Apr 2024
News
YouTube nod to 48 ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
News Laundry ↗
3 Apr 2024
YouTube nod to 48 ads with disinformation on Indian elections: Report
European Media Freedom Act
Content Governance

YouTube approved ads promoting disinformation on India’s election

2 Apr 2024
News
YouTube approved ads promoting disinformation on India’s election
TIME ↗
2 Apr 2024
YouTube approved ads promoting disinformation on India’s election
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election
Content Governance

YouTube failed to block disinformation about Indian elections, researchers find

2 Apr 2024
News
YouTube failed to block disinformation about Indian elections, researchers find
The Record ↗
2 Apr 2024
YouTube failed to block disinformation about Indian elections, researchers find
European Media Freedom Act
Freedom of Expression

Meta’s long-standing problem with “shaheed”

28 Mar 2024
News
Meta’s long-standing problem with “shaheed”
Rest of World ↗
28 Mar 2024
Meta’s long-standing problem with “shaheed”
Algorithmic accountability
Artificial Intelligence

The changing face of protest

23 Mar 2024
News
The changing face of protest
Rest of World ↗
23 Mar 2024
The changing face of protest
How to get rid of targeted ads on TikTok (only in the EU)
Freedom of Expression

Dissecting the ‘TikTok problem’

23 Mar 2024
News
Dissecting the ‘TikTok problem’
Al Jazeera ↗
23 Mar 2024
Dissecting the ‘TikTok problem’
European Media Freedom Act
Content Governance

مؤسسات حقوقية تطالب “ميتا” بالإبقاء على أداتها CrowdTangle

22 Mar 2024
News
مؤسسات حقوقية تطالب “ميتا” بالإبقاء على أداتها CrowdTangle
Al Araby ↗
22 Mar 2024
مؤسسات حقوقية تطالب “ميتا” بالإبقاء على أداتها CrowdTangle
Bodily harms: how AI and biometrics curtail human rights PR header
Artificial Intelligence

The U.N. gets the world to agree on AI safety

21 Mar 2024
News
The U.N. gets the world to agree on AI safety
Foreign Policy ↗
21 Mar 2024
The U.N. gets the world to agree on AI safety

Events

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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
Wikimedia Foundation Dpi Panel Event
Digital Divide

Digital Public Infrastructure: A Tool for Gender Equality?

March 21 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm UTC

This virtual event aims to discuss the critical need for a robust digital public infrastructure that supports and safeguards global public goods for everyone in order to fulfill the promise of the internet.

Event
Digital Public Infrastructure: A Tool for Gender Equality?

March 21 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm UTC

Digital Public Infrastructure: A Tool for Gender Equality?
The 3rd Summit for Democracy (S4D) South Korea 2024
Content Governance

The 3rd Summit for Democracy (S4D) South Korea 2024

March 18 @ 8:00 am March 20 @ 6:00 pm KST

Event
The 3rd Summit for Democracy (S4D) South Korea 2024

March 18 @ 8:00 am March 20 @ 6:00 pm KST

The 3rd Summit for Democracy (S4D) South Korea 2024
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
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