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Peter Micek, Esq.

General Counsel

Peter Micek is General Counsel and UN Policy Manager at Access Now, based in New York City. Peter Micek leads the Legal arm, managing risk to global programming and operations, closely with the organization's Digital Security Helpline, Grants, and RightsCon teams. The Legal arm engages in strategic litigation and bolsters legal support for civic space online and civil society actors globally. As UN Policy Manager, Peter advances international norms and law on digital rights, including on privacy and spyware, censorship and internet shutdowns, and digital identity programs. Peter is also Lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) on internet governance and public policy in the digital age, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Univ. of Oklahoma College of Law’s Center for International Business and Human Rights, and formerly the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Cybersecurity. A lawyer by training, Peter completed a JD cum laude at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and in 2010 published "A Genealogy of Home Visits," critiquing surveillance of at-risk communities. As a law student, Peter defended independent journalists and engaged in Freedom of Information litigation at First Amendment Project. Peter studied political science and journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is licensed by the state bars of California and New York, and has no cats.
Global encryption day 2023

Children are no exception: Nevada must ensure end-to-end encryption for all

13 Mar 2024

Access Now joined an amicus brief urging the U.S. District Court to reject Nevada’s request to prevent Meta from offering end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger for people under 18 who use the service.

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Children are no exception: Nevada must ensure end-to-end encryption for all
13 Mar 2024
Children are no exception: Nevada must ensure end-to-end encryption for all

Amend or reject: Joint statement on the UN Cybercrime Treaty

23 Jan 2024

Access Now and more than 100 NGOs demand state delegates to amend the draft cybercrime treaty in the upcoming concluding session of UN AHC.

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Amend or reject: Joint statement on the UN Cybercrime Treaty
23 Jan 2024
Amend or reject: Joint statement on the UN Cybercrime Treaty
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Internet shutdowns and the UDHR: why internet access matters for human rights in the digital age

11 Dec 2023

On the 75th anniversary of the UDHR, we explain why stopping internet shutdowns is key for upholding fundamental human rights in the digital age.

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Internet shutdowns and the UDHR: why internet access matters for human rights in the digital age
11 Dec 2023
Internet shutdowns and the UDHR: why internet access matters for human rights in the digital age
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IGF in Saudi Arabia: not with that human rights record

12 Oct 2023

Access Now and civil society partners are calling to reverse the decision to host the 2042 IGF in Saudi Arabia.

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IGF in Saudi Arabia: not with that human rights record
12 Oct 2023
IGF in Saudi Arabia: not with that human rights record
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Digital rights win: U.S. to amend internet exemptions for sanctions programs

5 Apr 2023

The U.S. is amending internet communications general licenses to ensure sanctions regimes do not negatively impact people’s ability to access the internet in targeted countries.

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Digital rights win: U.S. to amend internet exemptions for sanctions programs
5 Apr 2023
Digital rights win: U.S. to amend internet exemptions for sanctions programs
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Silenced, spied on, and stalked: why we’re taking the fight for gender equality to the UN

6 Mar 2023
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Silenced, spied on, and stalked: why we’re taking the fight for gender equality to the UN
6 Mar 2023
Silenced, spied on, and stalked: why we’re taking the fight for gender equality to the UN
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When sanctions undermine human rights online

18 Jan 2023

Sanctions are a preferred foreign policy tool for many states. But they can also harm human rights. Governments, businesses, and civil society must align to protect human rights and democratic values through international sanctions regimes.

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When sanctions undermine human rights online
18 Jan 2023
When sanctions undermine human rights online
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The world must support people in Iran: sanctions relief helps connect the nation

26 Sep 2022

Access Now supports sanctions relief to keep Iran country connected — to information, platforms for expression, and the outside world.

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The world must support people in Iran: sanctions relief helps connect the nation
26 Sep 2022
The world must support people in Iran: sanctions relief helps connect the nation
Digital rights

UN roundup and delegate guide: digital rights at the United Nations

14 Sep 2022

Our new brief tracks progress on digital rights at the UN, providing recommendations for advancing international norms and standards to safeguard human rights online. 

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UN roundup and delegate guide: digital rights at the United Nations
14 Sep 2022
UN roundup and delegate guide: digital rights at the United Nations
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UK protects free flow of information amidst Russia sanctions

1 Jun 2022

The UK government has listened to civil society’s assertion that blocking the flow of information in and out of Russia will strike a blow to the rights of millions.  

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UK protects free flow of information amidst Russia sanctions
1 Jun 2022
UK protects free flow of information amidst Russia sanctions