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Kenyan government violations of rights
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline

16 Jul 2024

Access Now and over 20 organisations have written to the Kenyan government calling for an end to violations of human rights — online and off.

Press Release
Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline
16 Jul 2024
Kenyan authorities must respect the constitution and stop cracking down on human rights — online and offline
Kenyan government violations of rights
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Open letter to Kenya’s government: cease attacks on protesters’ digital rights

16 Jul 2024

We the undersigned organisations write to you regarding the alarming deteriorating human rights situation in Kenya.

Press Release
Open letter to Kenya’s government: cease attacks on protesters’ digital rights
16 Jul 2024
Open letter to Kenya’s government: cease attacks on protesters’ digital rights
Computer wires and connections
Cybersecurity
CybersecurityPostAsia Pacific

Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity

11 Jul 2024

China’s digital and cyber policies hurt human rights and undermine cybersecurity globally. Access Now’s Brett Solomon explores how the international community can respond.

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Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
11 Jul 2024
Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of ExpressionPostLatin AmericaSpanish

Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales

11 Jul 2024

Access Now abre convocatoria para la Red LATAM de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales, promoviendo una cobertura sobre tecnología y DDHH

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Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales
11 Jul 2024
Convocatoria para periodistas: Red Latinoamericana de Periodismo en Derechos Digitales
Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial IntelligencePress ReleaseBrazilPortuguese

Carta aberta: Defendendo uma legislação brasileira de IA que proteja direitos

8 Jul 2024

No Brasil, é urgente uma abordagem embasada em direitos humanos para a regulamentação dos Sistemas de Inteligência Artificial.

Press Release
Carta aberta: Defendendo uma legislação brasileira de IA que proteja direitos
8 Jul 2024
Carta aberta: Defendendo uma legislação brasileira de IA que proteja direitos
Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial IntelligencePress ReleaseBrazil

Open letter: Advocating for Brazilian AI regulation that protects human rights

8 Jul 2024

Access Now and Rights in Network Coalition urges Brazilian authorities to include necessary improvements in Bill 2338/2023.

Press Release
Open letter: Advocating for Brazilian AI regulation that protects human rights
8 Jul 2024
Open letter: Advocating for Brazilian AI regulation that protects human rights
Algorithmic accountability
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial IntelligencePostEuropeEnglish

Generative AI and election disinformation: much ado about nothing? 

4 Jul 2024

In this bumper “year of elections,” alarm bells are being raised about the potential impact of generative AI in worsening election disinformation. But is this really the democratic disaster many are making it out to be, or is it a lot of fuss over nothing?

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Generative AI and election disinformation: much ado about nothing? 
4 Jul 2024
Generative AI and election disinformation: much ado about nothing? 
Africa Digital Safety Tips
Digital Security
Digital SecurityGuideAfricaEnglish

Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa

2 Jul 2024

Rising LGBTQ+ intolerance in many African countries drives digital repression of activists. This guide provides safety tips and resources for protecting against these threats.

Guide
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
2 Jul 2024
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
Myanmar VPN Ban
Connectivity
ConnectivityPostAsia PacificEnglish

Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban

26 Jun 2024

Myanmar’s VPN ban, imposed by the military junta, is preventing people from safely accessing blocked apps and websites.

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Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
26 Jun 2024
Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAfricaEnglish

Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest

25 Jun 2024

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition strongly condemn the ongoing disruption of internet access and increased crackdown on the people of Kenya amid protests.

Press Release
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
25 Jun 2024
Authorities in Kenya must immediately restore internet access and #KeepItOn throughout protests and unrest
Digital Competition Bill 2024
Data Protection
Data ProtectionPress ReleaseLatin AmericaSpanish

Legislación deficiente permite a Meta extraer datos personales en América Latina

25 Jun 2024
Press Release
Legislación deficiente permite a Meta extraer datos personales en América Latina
25 Jun 2024
Legislación deficiente permite a Meta extraer datos personales en América Latina
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Internet Shutdowns
Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseAsia Pacific

Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 

25 Jun 2024

Access Now urges the Indian government to amend the Telecom Act 2023 and consult with civil society and experts before framing rules to implement the Act to safeguard people’s rights to privacy and free speech.

Press Release
Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 
25 Jun 2024
Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 
#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 Australia to protect end-to-end encryption in the Online Safety Act review

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 Australia to protect end-to-end encryption in the Online Safety Act review
21 Jun 2024
Joint statement urging Australia to protect end-to-end encryption in the Online Safety Act review
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.

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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

Access Now in the news

Watermark and generative AI
Artificial Intelligence

Meta is training its AI with public Instagram posts. Artists in Latin America can’t opt out

15 Jul 2024
News
Meta is training its AI with public Instagram posts. Artists in Latin America can’t opt out
Rest of World ↗
15 Jul 2024
Meta is training its AI with public Instagram posts. Artists in Latin America can’t opt out
Digital Security Helpline and Apple threat notifications
Surveillance

Apple sends fresh warnings to iPhone users over spyware attacks, groups say

15 Jul 2024
News
Apple sends fresh warnings to iPhone users over spyware attacks, groups say
The Epoch Times ↗
15 Jul 2024
Apple sends fresh warnings to iPhone users over spyware attacks, groups say
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Connectivity

Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts

8 Jul 2024
News
Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts
Voice of America ↗
8 Jul 2024
Myanmar junta’s VPN block poses ‘major threat,’ say analysts
STOP Methodology KeepItOn Socials
Connectivity

As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives

8 Jul 2024
News
As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives
Tech Radar ↗
8 Jul 2024
As Apple kills more Russia VPN apps, it’s time to think about alternatives
Myanmar VPN Ban
Internet Shutdowns

Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia

5 Jul 2024
News
Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia
Tech Radar ↗
5 Jul 2024
Popular VPNs have just disappeared from the Apple app store in Russia
|Human rights problem with Google Cloud Platform in Saudi Arabia - Twitter thumbnail
Artificial Intelligence

These corporations are the true “winners” of the war on Gaza

4 Jul 2024
News
These corporations are the true “winners” of the war on Gaza
The Nation ↗
4 Jul 2024
These corporations are the true “winners” of the war on Gaza
Manual Del Pequeñx Vigiladx Socials
Digital Identity Systems

Vietnam requires facial recognition for digital payments

4 Jul 2024
News
Vietnam requires facial recognition for digital payments
Nikkei Asia ↗
4 Jul 2024
Vietnam requires facial recognition for digital payments
spyware
Artificial Intelligence

A controversial facial-recognition company quietly expands into Latin America

4 Jul 2024
News
A controversial facial-recognition company quietly expands into Latin America
TIME ↗
4 Jul 2024
A controversial facial-recognition company quietly expands into Latin America
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance

Pegasus strikes again: how Russian and Belarusian independent journalists became new targets of the hacking software

1 Jul 2024
News
Pegasus strikes again: how Russian and Belarusian independent journalists became new targets of the hacking software
Trouble with the truth ↗
1 Jul 2024
Pegasus strikes again: how Russian and Belarusian independent journalists became new targets of the hacking software
KeepItOn 2023 Report Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Access Now condemns recent internet disruption in Kenya

1 Jul 2024
News
Access Now condemns recent internet disruption in Kenya
Tech Trends ↗
1 Jul 2024
Access Now condemns recent internet disruption in Kenya
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Content Governance

YouTube and Facebook let India down during the Lok Sabha election

26 Jun 2024
News
YouTube and Facebook let India down during the Lok Sabha election
Mint ↗
26 Jun 2024
YouTube and Facebook let India down during the Lok Sabha election
Hacking Meduza: Pegasus spyware used to target Putin’s critic
Surveillance

The inside view of spyware’s ‘dirty interference,’ from two recent Pegasus victims

26 Jun 2024
News
The inside view of spyware’s ‘dirty interference,’ from two recent Pegasus victims
The Record ↗
26 Jun 2024
The inside view of spyware’s ‘dirty interference,’ from two recent Pegasus victims
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

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