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Golda Benjamin

Asia-Pacific Campaigner

Golda is Access Now's Asia-Pacific Campaigner and works on various issues, including content governance, freedom of expression, surveillance, and shutdowns. Having started as a grassroots lawyer for farmers and workers, Golda shaped her work via litigation, policy advocacy, and campaigning. She used to be chief for legislation for a senator in the Philippines and continues to serve as a consultant to two ministries. Golda holds a master's degree in international commercial arbitration law from Stockholm University and is a licensed attorney in the Philippines. She previously worked with the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre as Programme Director for Asia, Labour, and Corporate Legal Accountability.
header image: pushing back against IMEI registration in Myanmar

The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain

31 Jan 2024

Today marks three years since Myanmar’s junta seized power in a violent coup. Access Now is calling on the international community to offer resources to resist digital oppression.

Press Release
The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
31 Jan 2024
The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
Myanmar's digital dictatorship

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
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Cambodia: Ministries should withdraw draft cybersecurity law which would threaten human rights and expose people to increased cyber threats

2 Oct 2023

The draft Cybersecurity Law of Cambodia must be withdrawn because vague provisions undermine human rights and exposes people to increased cyber threats.

Press Release
Cambodia: Ministries should withdraw draft cybersecurity law which would threaten human rights and expose people to increased cyber threats
2 Oct 2023
Cambodia: Ministries should withdraw draft cybersecurity law which would threaten human rights and expose people to increased cyber threats
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Cambodia: Meta refuses to block Hun Sen’s accounts, implicitly encouraging incitement to violence

30 Aug 2023

By refusing to suspend Hun Sen’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, Meta has missed a crucial opportunity to oppose incitement to violence and hate speech online.

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Cambodia: Meta refuses to block Hun Sen’s accounts, implicitly encouraging incitement to violence
30 Aug 2023
Cambodia: Meta refuses to block Hun Sen’s accounts, implicitly encouraging incitement to violence
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Vietnam’s identity verification mandate will violate international human rights

4 Aug 2023

Viet Nam’s Identity Verification Mandate will Violate International Human Rights.

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Vietnam’s identity verification mandate will violate international human rights
4 Aug 2023
Vietnam’s identity verification mandate will violate international human rights
India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Bill

Access Now Analysis: India’s Data Protection Bill

4 Aug 2023

The introduction of India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, to parliament does far more to threaten privacy than to protect it.

Publication
Access Now Analysis: India’s Data Protection Bill
4 Aug 2023
Access Now Analysis: India’s Data Protection Bill

Access Now Submission: Philippine National Cybersecurity Plan 2023-2028

30 Jul 2023

Access Now’s comments to and recommendations for the Philippine National Cybersecurity Strategy Plan 2023-2028

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Access Now Submission: Philippine National Cybersecurity Plan 2023-2028
30 Jul 2023
Access Now Submission: Philippine National Cybersecurity Plan 2023-2028
Digital rights

Access Now’s UNHRC statement: Urge arms embargo to stave off expanding military abuse of surveillance tools in Myanmar

10 Jul 2023

Access Now addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council at its 53rd session regarding the intensified abuse of surveillance and digital tools by the Myanmar military, ahead of the elections.

Press Release
Access Now’s UNHRC statement: Urge arms embargo to stave off expanding military abuse of surveillance tools in Myanmar
10 Jul 2023
Access Now’s UNHRC statement: Urge arms embargo to stave off expanding military abuse of surveillance tools in Myanmar
Net Neutrality

Online platforms must reject Cambodia prime minister’s incitement to violence

3 Jul 2023

Access Now urges digital platforms to remain alert to incendiary behavior and take steps to prevent online violence in Cambodia.

Press Release
Online platforms must reject Cambodia prime minister’s incitement to violence
3 Jul 2023
Online platforms must reject Cambodia prime minister’s incitement to violence
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Access Now to Indonesia court: website blocking rules violate human rights law and constitution

3 May 2023

Access Now, Open Net Korea, and Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus curiae submission challenging the validity of Indonesia’s MR5.

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Access Now to Indonesia court: website blocking rules violate human rights law and constitution
3 May 2023
Access Now to Indonesia court: website blocking rules violate human rights law and constitution