RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE

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RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE


Access Now stands with the people of Ukraine
 as they endure Russia’s large-scale military invasion targeting population centers across the country, alongside ongoing cyberattacks impacting critical services and infrastructure.

Digital right violations enable and escalate offline violence, and the calculated attacks targeting digital systems essential to people’s safety and wellbeing are unacceptable.

We also stand in solidarity with the activists, journalists, and human rights defenders in Russia and Belarus fighting to ensure people in their countries have access to the truth, as well as the platforms necessary to voice their dissent and mobilize for peace and democracy.

CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIONS

EU Ukraine

Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure and civil society violate human rights

Following cyberattacks on Ukraine and its human rights defenders, we call on the international community to help protect people.

EU Ukraine

Content Governance

EU must keep people in and leaving Ukraine as safe, secure, connected as possible

Through an open letter, Access Now is calling on the EU to protect people in Ukraine, and those escaping the war to EU countries.

Burkina Faso internet

Digital Security

U.S. moves to keep the Russian people connected despite sanctions

In response to a coalition letter led by Access Now and the Wikimedia Foundation, the U.S. Treasury Department decided to exempt internet communications services from U.S. sanctions in Russia.

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Freedom of Expression

What the tech sector can do to respect human rights in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and beyond

As the Russia-Ukraine crisis escalates to war, the tech sector must do more than merely comply with sanctions. Here are our recommendations for mitigating human rights harms. 

EU Ukraine

Freedom of Expression

Don’t help Putin and Lukashenko silence anti-war voices

Despots like Putin and Lukashenko rule by isolating and lying to their people. Here are four strategies to fight disinformation and protect anti-war voices in Russia and Belarus.

Kazakhstan internet

Freedom of Expression

UK protects free flow of information amidst Russia sanctions

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.  

EU Ukraine

Digital Security

#KeepItOn: How to stop internet shutdowns in Ukraine

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine includes cyberattacks and deliberate disruptions to the internet that are exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

FAQS

WHAT DOES UKRAINE’S ONLINE SPACE LOOK LIKE?

Ukraine’s online space has been targeted by Russia through cyberattacks since before the war. It is believed Russian authorities have:

Authorities in Ukraine and beyond have responded by:

WHAT DOES RUSSIA’S ONLINE SPACE LOOK LIKE?

Online censorship and crackdowns on dissent voices have been escalating further in Russia since the beginning of war. Russian authorities have:

Prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, authorities had:

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A new investigation by Access Now and Citizen Lab reveals first-time use of Pegasus spyware against exiled Russian media.

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