Pandemics, protests, and power in digital spaces: the 44th U.N. Human Rights Council Session in review
In the context of COVID-19 and a wave of protests across the globe, the U.N. Human Rights Council held its 44th session. Here’s our read-out on the reports and resolutions that are key for defending digital rights around the world.
Indonesians seek justice after internet shutdown
Access Now filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of a legal case challenging the 2019 internet shutdowns in the Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia.
Tunisia: human rights groups call for withdrawal of draft law that threatens free expression during COVID-19
Philippine government must drop cyber libel charges against Maria Ressa
Cybercrime provisions must not be deployed to silence journalists and those who perform the vital role of uncovering facts.
Fake comments by real soldiers: South Korean scandals through a digital rights lens
In South Korea, troll armies have spurred political scandals. The response must protect free expression and democratic discourse.
Digital identity programs: what could go wrong? Our contribution at UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week
Every government that seeks to protect privacy should take the time necessary to pause, reflect, and assess what digital identity programs will mean to our global society.
مصر: مرت سنة تقريباً على الحجب والمواقع تصل إلى 500 موقع محجوب قبل الانتخابات الرئاسية
Egypt: more than 500 sites blocked ahead of the presidential election
Egypt’s severe online censorship and crackdown on civil society threatens human rights during the election period.
Tunisia: Is freedom of expression under threat due to the economic crisis?
Access Now is relieved that Kais Bouazizi has been released, but we remain deeply concerned about the fact that he was arrested in the first place, since it appeared to be in response to the publication of legitimate content on Facebook.
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.