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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.

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#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
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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.

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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
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
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.

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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
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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).

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#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
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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.

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ВЕЦА в 2023 году: отключения интернета прикрывают злодеяния
4 Jun 2024
ВЕЦА в 2023 году: отключения интернета прикрывают злодеяния
#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.

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СЄЦА у 2023 році: відключення інтернету заохочують до жорстокості
30 May 2024
СЄЦА у 2023 році: відключення інтернету заохочують до жорстокості
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. 

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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
smart borders
Surveillance
SurveillancePress ReleaseLatin AmericaEnglish

Access Now sues U.S. CBP and ICE agencies over migrant data

23 May 2024
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Access Now sues U.S. CBP and ICE agencies over migrant data
23 May 2024
Access Now sues U.S. CBP and ICE agencies over migrant data
digital ceasefire gaza
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Internet ShutdownsPress ReleaseIsraelEnglish

International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 

22 May 2024

We join organizations defending freedom of expression in supporting South Africa’s request to the ICJ to ensure unimpeded access to Gaza for fact-finding missions and journalists to assess and preserve evidence.

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International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 
22 May 2024
International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 

Open letters

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#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

#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
CBE Ethiopia
Data Protection

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

#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

Statements

Global encryption day 2023
Cybersecurity

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 
Protect Not Surveil
Surveillance

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. 

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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

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
Protect Not Surveil
Artificial Intelligence

Joint statement – A dangerous precedent: how the EU AI Act fails migrants and people on the move

13 Mar 2024

The EU AI Act falls short in the vital area of migration, failing to prevent harm and provide protection for people on the move.

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Joint statement – A dangerous precedent: how the EU AI Act fails migrants and people on the move
13 Mar 2024
Joint statement – A dangerous precedent: how the EU AI Act fails migrants and people on the move
India fake news
Freedom of Expression

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.

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المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء
9 Feb 2024
المجتمع المدني في تونس: نحن شركاء ولسنا عملاء
#KeepItOn during elections
Internet Shutdowns

#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

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
Myanmar's digital dictatorship
Connectivity

A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship

31 Jan 2024

Access Now and a coalition of human rights organizations call on the international and business community to resist the digital coup in Myanmar.

Press Release
A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
31 Jan 2024
A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
Freedom of Expression

Saudi Arabia: Birthday in jail: Saudi Wikipedian Osama Khalid Remains Unjustly Imprisoned on his 30th Birthday

19 Jan 2024

Access Now and partners demand his release demand the release of Saudi pediatrician Osama Khaled, who celebrates today his 30th birthday behind bars.

Press Release
Saudi Arabia: Birthday in jail: Saudi Wikipedian Osama Khalid Remains Unjustly Imprisoned on his 30th Birthday
19 Jan 2024
Saudi Arabia: Birthday in jail: Saudi Wikipedian Osama Khalid Remains Unjustly Imprisoned on his 30th Birthday
Freedom of Expression

المملكة العربية السعودية: عيد ميلاد في السجن: الويكيبيدي السعودي أسامة خالد لا يزال مسجوناً ظلماً في عيد ميلاده الثلاثين

19 Jan 2024

تطالب أكساس ناو ومنظمات من المجتكع المدني بإطلاق سراح أسامة خالد، الذي يحتفل اليوم بعيد ميلاده الثلاثين وهو خلف القضبان.

Press Release
المملكة العربية السعودية: عيد ميلاد في السجن: الويكيبيدي السعودي أسامة خالد لا يزال مسجوناً ظلماً في عيد ميلاده الثلاثين
19 Jan 2024
المملكة العربية السعودية: عيد ميلاد في السجن: الويكيبيدي السعودي أسامة خالد لا يزال مسجوناً ظلماً في عيد ميلاده الثلاثين
The EU must hold VLOPs accountable
Freedom of Expression

EU: call for precise interpretation of Digital Services Act

18 Jan 2024

Access Now and ARTICLE 19 welcome EU Commissioner Thierry Breton’s reassurance that the enforcement of the Digital Services Act (DSA) framework will fully respect fundamental rights.

Press Release
EU: call for precise interpretation of Digital Services Act
18 Jan 2024
EU: call for precise interpretation of Digital Services Act
Protest and human rights
Freedom of Expression

Urgent appeal for justice: condemning the unjust prosecution of dozens of Emiratis in the UAE

27 Dec 2023

Access Now joins 40+ organizations in condemning new prosecutions by UAE authorities against over 80 Emiratis, including human rights defenders, accused of supporting a “terrorist organization.”

Press Release
Urgent appeal for justice: condemning the unjust prosecution of dozens of Emiratis in the UAE
27 Dec 2023
Urgent appeal for justice: condemning the unjust prosecution of dozens of Emiratis in the UAE
surveillance tech at the EU borders
Surveillance

Civil society joint statement: Europe’s (digital) borders must fall

4 Dec 2023

Civil society is calling for an end to the expansion of EURODAC, the EU database for the registration of asxylum-seekers. EURODAC is being transformed into an expansive, violent surveillance tool that will treat people seeking protection as crime suspects.

Press Release
Civil society joint statement: Europe’s (digital) borders must fall
4 Dec 2023
Civil society joint statement: Europe’s (digital) borders must fall
Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
Protest and Online Organizing

دعوة مفتوحة من منظمات حقوق الإنسان لوقف فوري لإطلاق النار على الأرض ورقمياً في غزة، وبحق  الفلسطينيين/ات حول العالم

23 Oct 2023

نحن، مجموعة من مؤسسات المجتمع المدني ومنظمات حقوق الإنسان الرقمية، ننضم إلى الدعوة المفتوحة للوقف الفوري لإطلاق النار في غزة.

Press Release
دعوة مفتوحة من منظمات حقوق الإنسان لوقف فوري لإطلاق النار على الأرض ورقمياً في غزة، وبحق  الفلسطينيين/ات حول العالم
23 Oct 2023
دعوة مفتوحة من منظمات حقوق الإنسان لوقف فوري لإطلاق النار على الأرض ورقمياً في غزة، وبحق  الفلسطينيين/ات حول العالم
Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
Protest and Online Organizing

Organizaciones de derechos humanos se unen al llamado abierto al cese al fuego en Gaza y el respeto por los derechos digitales del pueblo palestino en todo el mundo

20 Oct 2023

We call on international actors to support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, along with a “digital ceasefire” to protect Palestinians in online spaces globally.

Press Release
Organizaciones de derechos humanos se unen al llamado abierto al cese al fuego en Gaza y el respeto por los derechos digitales del pueblo palestino en todo el mundo
20 Oct 2023
Organizaciones de derechos humanos se unen al llamado abierto al cese al fuego en Gaza y el respeto por los derechos digitales del pueblo palestino en todo el mundo
Palestine Israel Digital Ceasefire; Gaza’s internet
Protest and Online Organizing

Human rights organizations join the open call for an immediate physical and digital ceasefire in Gaza, and for Palestinians globally

20 Oct 2023

We call on international actors to support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, along with a “digital ceasefire” to protect Palestinians in online spaces globally.

Press Release
Human rights organizations join the open call for an immediate physical and digital ceasefire in Gaza, and for Palestinians globally
20 Oct 2023
Human rights organizations join the open call for an immediate physical and digital ceasefire in Gaza, and for Palestinians globally