At the U.N., a new push to end surveillance of protesters — and protect their lawyers
Digital surveillance is threatening the right to protest worldwide. U.N. human rights expert Clément Voule is fighting for strong encryption and tight restrictions on the use of spyware. Here’s why that push is important for human rights lawyers and the activists they represent.
To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more
The latest U.N. privacy resolution does not go far enough, missing the opportunity to respond firmly to the human rights threats posed by systemic racism, artificial intelligence, facial recognition technology, and other key technological and social developments.
EU Court decides on two major “right to be forgotten” cases: there are no winners here
Despite widespread reporting that two recent rulings on the “right to be forgotten” represent a victory for Google and free expression, concerns remain about human rights and the power of private companies to decide how content is discovered online.
Open letter to Michelle Bachelet, new High Commissioner for Human Rights
We identify six areas for digital rights in which the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights could have a key and definitive voice during her tenure.
Una receta para censurar Internet en América Latina
Brasil, Paraguay y Venezuela intentan censurar la crítica a los políticos en Internet con peligrosos proyectos de ley.
U.S. court must let Facebook protect the anonymity of Trump protesters
Access Now filed a joint “friend of the court” brief supporting Facebook in its effort to defend the anonymity of its users.
Europol supports encryption. We can relax now… right?
Even if the tide is turning with regard to banning encryption, Europol may seek other “practical solutions” that increase its authority to access individuals’ private information and put our digital security at risk.
Nameless Coalition calls on Facebook to change its real name policy
Rafael Correa: y u so mad at the internet?
In a worrying move against freedom of expression on the internet, Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa publicly shamed critics for their statements on social networks and asked his supporters to attack them online. Digital rights organizations worldwide, including Access, issued this statement condemning the president’s disturbing reaction.