Petition: AU must take urgent steps to help reconnect Tigray to the internet
Through a petition, Access Now calls on the African Union to do everything in its power to help restore the internet in Tigray, Ethiopia.
Two years of internet shutdowns: people in Tigray, Ethiopia, deserve better
Today, November 4, 2022, marks two years since authorities implemented internet shutdowns in the Tigray region, Ethiopia. It is time to reconnect all.
Access Now & ISF file legal intervention against Cameroon shutdown
People who live through internet shutdowns almost never get redress for harm during the disruptions. Our intervention seeks to change that.
Access Now brief: how African countries can shape cybercrime laws that protect rights
We analyze draft laws in four countries, providing guidance to help legislators protect human rights.
Telcos warned against shutting down DR Congo networks
The Democratic Republic of Congo wants a social media blackout on Monday. Can we stop them?
What do a fisherman, a soccer fan, and missing cattle have to do with free expression?
From Malaysia, to Uganda, to Tanzania, there are worrying laws that can send people to jail for what they post online. Here’s how activists are pushing back.
Uganda blocks social media (again), harms human rights
For the second time this year Uganda has carried out an internet shutdown during the election period. It’s time to push back.
Kenya’s KICA ruling: a beacon of hope for free expression in Africa
Kenya can either embrace the recent KICA ruling and lead the way for free expression in Africa, or fight it and further erode its reputation for protecting expression.
Emerging threats in cybersecurity and data protection legislation in African Union countries
In January 2015, heads of state met at the 24th African Union Summit to discuss the “African Union Agenda 2063” with the goal of enabling “a continent on equal footing with the rest of the world as an information society.” While Access applauds the human rights protections enshrined in the convention, we are deeply troubled by draft legislation that has emerged across the continent that tramples rights in the name of implementing the convention.
African Union adopts framework on cyber security and data protection
Without much media attention, the heads of state of the African Union (AU) agreed to a landmark convention this summer affecting many aspects of digital life.