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U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years
Privacy
PrivacyPress ReleaseNorth AmericaEnglish

U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years

17 Apr 2024
Press Release
U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years
17 Apr 2024
U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years
Protect Not Surveil
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.

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భారతదేశంలో సార్వత్రిక ఎన్నికలకు ముందు అసత్య సమాచార ప్రకటనలను యూట్యూబ్  ఆమోదించింది. 
2 Apr 2024
భారతదేశంలో సార్వత్రిక ఎన్నికలకు ముందు అసత్య సమాచార ప్రకటనలను యూట్యూబ్  ఆమోదించింది. 
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”
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
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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.

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#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

Open letters

LGBTQ rights Uganda
Freedom of Expression

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

#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

#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

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

Statements

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. 

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

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.

Press Release
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.

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

#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
Restore Telecoms and Internet Connectivity in Gaza Now!
Internet Shutdowns

منظمات مدنية عالميّة: نطالب بإعادة خدمات الاتصالات والإنترنت إلى غزّة فوراً!

20 Oct 2023

يدين تحالف الحقوق الرقمية في المنطقة العربية وغيره من منظمات المجتمع المدني بأشدّ العبارات استهداف إسرائيل لوسائل الاتصال والوصول إلى المعلومات في غزّة.

Press Release
منظمات مدنية عالميّة: نطالب بإعادة خدمات الاتصالات والإنترنت إلى غزّة فوراً!
20 Oct 2023
منظمات مدنية عالميّة: نطالب بإعادة خدمات الاتصالات والإنترنت إلى غزّة فوراً!