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Michael De Dora

U.S. Policy and Advocacy Manager

Michael De Dora is the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Manager at Access Now. He joined Access Now as a Senior Campaigner in September 2022. Prior to joining Access Now, Michael worked at the Committee to Protect Journalists, where he led advocacy with the U.S. government to advance press freedom around the world. Before that, he directed global advocacy for the Center for Inquiry, focused on freedom of conscience and secular government. Michael was twice elected president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief in New York. He has an MA in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a BA in Rhetoric and Communication from the University at Albany. He started his career as a journalist.
Armenia spyware victims: Pegasus hacking in war

One small step for accountability: U.S. announces anonymous visa sanctions program for spyware violations

6 Feb 2024

In a positive but limited step, the U.S.’s new sanctions policy will deny visas to individuals who are involved in, facilitate, or financially benefit from the misuse of commercial spyware.

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One small step for accountability: U.S. announces anonymous visa sanctions program for spyware violations
6 Feb 2024
One small step for accountability: U.S. announces anonymous visa sanctions program for spyware violations
A1 Telekom open letter

What the U.S. can and must do to reconnect Gaza

18 Jan 2024

Gaza is suffering under its ninth recent telecommunications and internet shutdown. We outline how the U.S. can help reconnect Gaza.

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What the U.S. can and must do to reconnect Gaza
18 Jan 2024
What the U.S. can and must do to reconnect Gaza
#StopSilencingPalestine

U.S. Senator joins civil society’s call: #StopSilencingPalestine

15 Dec 2023

U.S. Senator joins civil society’s call to #StopSilencingPalestine. Meta’s censorship of Palestine-related content must end now.

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U.S. Senator joins civil society’s call: #StopSilencingPalestine
15 Dec 2023
U.S. Senator joins civil society’s call: #StopSilencingPalestine
Armenia spyware victims: Pegasus hacking in war

Coalition warns Congress: don’t use legislative tricks to reauthorize surveillance abuse

14 Nov 2023
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Coalition warns Congress: don’t use legislative tricks to reauthorize surveillance abuse
14 Nov 2023
Coalition warns Congress: don’t use legislative tricks to reauthorize surveillance abuse
Watermark and generative AI

White House Executive Order on AI: a step forward on civil rights, but Congress must pass privacy law

30 Oct 2023

Access Now calls on the Biden-Harris Administration to protect human rights from bad data practices and algorithmic discrimination.

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White House Executive Order on AI: a step forward on civil rights, but Congress must pass privacy law
30 Oct 2023
White House Executive Order on AI: a step forward on civil rights, but Congress must pass privacy law
Watermark and generative AI

Access Now urges robust civil society participation in Congressional AI policymaking 

25 Oct 2023
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Access Now urges robust civil society participation in Congressional AI policymaking 
25 Oct 2023
Access Now urges robust civil society participation in Congressional AI policymaking 
Armenia spyware victims: Pegasus hacking in war

U.S. continues aggressive action on spyware, adds more companies to economic blocklist

18 Jul 2023

The inclusion of spyware companies in the U.S. government’s Entity List is a major victory for at-risk people around the world.

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U.S. continues aggressive action on spyware, adds more companies to economic blocklist
18 Jul 2023
U.S. continues aggressive action on spyware, adds more companies to economic blocklist
Focused View

Scrap Montana’s rights-abusing TikTok ban 

19 May 2023
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Scrap Montana’s rights-abusing TikTok ban 
19 May 2023
Scrap Montana’s rights-abusing TikTok ban 
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Section 230 survives another challenge: U.S. Supreme Court rulings protect free expression online

18 May 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings today in Twitter v. Taamneh and Gonzalez v. Google, a pair of cases centered on whether social media companies could be held liable for the terrorist content hosted and recommended via algorithm on their platforms, represent a major win for digital rights. 

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Section 230 survives another challenge: U.S. Supreme Court rulings protect free expression online
18 May 2023
Section 230 survives another challenge: U.S. Supreme Court rulings protect free expression online
civil and human rights

Access Now joins the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

11 May 2023

Access Now has joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), a long-standing coalition of more than 230 organizations committed to advancing and protecting all persons’ civil and human rights in the United States.

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Access Now joins the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
11 May 2023
Access Now joins the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights