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Congratulations, Fanny Hidvégi! Access Now’s Europe Policy and Advocacy Director a POLITICO Europe tech Visionary

Access Now congratulates Fanny Hidvégi, Europe Policy and Advocacy Director, who was today included in POLITICO Europe’s annual ranking of the 28 power players behind Europe’s tech revolution. The long-term advocate for human rights in the digital age was named a Visionary — a title hard fought for, and very much deserved.

“Access Now is delighted to see Fanny Hidvégi being recognised by POLITICO Europe and others as the tech changemaker — Visionary — she is,” said Brett Solomon, Executive Director at Access Now. “Fanny and the whole team have spearheaded the fight for digital rights across Europe, laying the foundations for a safer, more open, and fairer future.”

Over the six years Fanny has worked within the organisation, with her colleagues, she has shifted public discourse and guided EU institutions around a myriad of topics — from ethics guidelines to a legislative proposal on artificial intelligence — pushed for rights respecting frameworks for international data transfers, and contributed to Access Now’s position on freedom of expression and content governance. Behind the scenes, she has dedicated her time and knowledge to developing Access Now’s European policy strategy and empowering the team to be bigger, bolder, and impactful in their work. She thrives creating an enabling and empowering work culture where the Access Now team can excel both individually and together to become a central voice of expertise and standing up for people’s rights in Brussels and beyond. 

“Rulemakers, rulebreakers, and visionaries need to ensure people are at the centre of the  European tech revolution. To generate real change, we need to come together and fight for human rights online and offline,” said Fanny Hidvégi, Europe Policy and Advocacy Director at Access Now. “We all benefit and suffer from the impact of technology, but not equally. Europe’s role is to create and enforce a more equitable environment, that not only enables an open and safe online environment for all to thrive, but protects underserved and disenfranchised communities from the exploitation of technology by the public and private sector.” 

Fanny has previously taken part in the Obama Foundation’s Europe Leaders program, was a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence,  and is a board member of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. 

Access Now is incredibly proud of the contribution Fanny Hidvégi has made, and will continue to make, to the digital rights of millions of people, and congratulates all those recognised in the fight for human rights in Europe and beyond. See the full list. Follow Fanny on Twitter.