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Melody Patry

Advocacy Director

Melody Patry is Advocacy Director at Access Now. She leads on global advocacy, communications, and campaigns, working closely with the Policy and Tech teams to develop the strategies and partnerships needed to protect the internet and those who use it. Previously, Melody was head of advocacy at free speech organization Index on Censorship in London, where she worked with human rights defenders, government officials, and in coalitions such as the Global Network Initiative, the Civic Solidarity Platform, and Don’t Spy on Us. Before that, she worked with Cairo-based grassroots organizations and artists on campaigns addressing women’s rights issues, assisted the Representative to the European Union for Doctors Without Borders, and acted as a political advisor for the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations. She holds an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in Law and Political Science from Lille II University.

Communications Associate (Brussels/Berlin/Tunis)

4 Jun 2021

As Communications Associate you will support and lead outreach efforts, elevate Access Now’s voice across media and communications channels, and catalyze change across our audience base.

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Communications Associate (Brussels/Berlin/Tunis)
4 Jun 2021
Communications Associate (Brussels/Berlin/Tunis)
Sierra Leone

Safeguarding democracy: preventing internet shutdowns from disrupting elections

31 Mar 2021

Election shutdowns erode democracy. They violate basic fundamental rights like freedom of expression, undermine election fairness, and weaken people’s trust in the electoral process. Our new election shutdowns handbook helps election observers, journalists, diplomatic missions, and human rights activists navigate these turbulent scenarios.

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Safeguarding democracy: preventing internet shutdowns from disrupting elections
31 Mar 2021
Safeguarding democracy: preventing internet shutdowns from disrupting elections
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Access Now at the 2020 Internet Governance Forum: “Internet for human resilience and solidarity”

4 Nov 2020

Here’s where you find Access Now staff at the Internet Governance Forum 2020, which focuses on strategies for using the internet to increase human resilience and solidarity.

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Access Now at the 2020 Internet Governance Forum: “Internet for human resilience and solidarity”
4 Nov 2020
Access Now at the 2020 Internet Governance Forum: “Internet for human resilience and solidarity”
Senegal Internet Shutdowns

Access Now reporta sobre las tendencias en los bloqueos de Internet en el 2019, enfocándonos en la defensa de la libertad de expresión

25 Feb 2020

La coalición #KeepItOn ha documentado un aumento de bloqueos de Internet en el 2019, incluyendo los bloqueos más prolongados y sostenidos en el tiempo y los ataques más selectivos contra comunidades vulnerables.

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Access Now reporta sobre las tendencias en los bloqueos de Internet en el 2019, enfocándonos en la defensa de la libertad de expresión
25 Feb 2020
Access Now reporta sobre las tendencias en los bloqueos de Internet en el 2019, enfocándonos en la defensa de la libertad de expresión
Senegal Internet Shutdowns

Access Now reports on 2019 trends in internet shutdowns, approaches to defending free expression

25 Feb 2020

The #KeepItOn coalition has documented an increase in internet shutdowns in 2019, including both more sustained and prolonged shutdowns and more targeted attacks on vulnerable communities.

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Access Now reports on 2019 trends in internet shutdowns, approaches to defending free expression
25 Feb 2020
Access Now reports on 2019 trends in internet shutdowns, approaches to defending free expression
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Civil society’s online home — .ORG — is for sale

5 Dec 2019

This dubious deal was struck without consulting civil society groups that rely on .ORG to operate, without accounting for its impact on human rights, and without proper safeguards for the long-term health of online civic space. Join more than 130 organizations and thousands of concerned individuals in signing this petition to stop the sale of .ORG.

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Civil society’s online home — .ORG — is for sale
5 Dec 2019
Civil society’s online home — .ORG — is for sale

Access Now at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum

21 Nov 2019

Come find us at the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin Nov 25-29 to connect with the Digital Security Helpline and discuss a range of critical issues for human rights in the digital age.

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Access Now at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum
21 Nov 2019
Access Now at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum
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Marietje Schaake joins Access Now board

17 Oct 2019

Dutch politician and thought leader Marietje Schaake has joined Access Now’s global board of directors. Schaake brings a global perspective and a sophisticated and strategic understanding of the key technological and policy debates of our time. 

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Marietje Schaake joins Access Now board
17 Oct 2019
Marietje Schaake joins Access Now board
NSO Group human rights

Access Now to Bulgaria and Cyprus: don’t give NSO Group license to profit from human rights violations

14 May 2019

Access Now wrote to the governments of Bulgaria and Cyprus to request investigations into export licenses reportedly issued to NSO Group, which sells surveillance products linked to human rights violations.

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Access Now to Bulgaria and Cyprus: don’t give NSO Group license to profit from human rights violations
14 May 2019
Access Now to Bulgaria and Cyprus: don’t give NSO Group license to profit from human rights violations

Lettre ouverte sur le maintien de l’Internet ouvert et sécurisé au Bénin

28 Apr 2019

Bénin: au nom de plus de 190 organisations de plus de 60 pays qui composent la coalition #KeepitOn, et des autres organisations signataires, nous vous demandons de ne pas bloquer Internet.

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Lettre ouverte sur le maintien de l’Internet ouvert et sécurisé au Bénin
28 Apr 2019
Lettre ouverte sur le maintien de l’Internet ouvert et sécurisé au Bénin