How to make an MLAT “safe harbor” safe for users
Any “safe harbor” mechanism for bypassing the MLAT system must entail increasing protections for human rights.
How to fix MLATs — and a path toward resolving jurisdictional issues
Our guidance for modernizing the system for cross-border access to data, and determining jurisdiction in a way that respects human rights.
A diagnosis: Why current proposals to fix the MLAT system won’t work
A “bypass” operation for MLATs won’t save the patient (or protect human rights).
What’s wrong with the system for cross-border access to data
It creates incentives for governments to employ workarounds that harm our privacy.
We need to fix the broken system for cross-border access to data
Instead of bypassing the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) system, we should fix it.
New U.S. plan for responsible business conduct takes baby steps toward digital rights
The U.S. “NAP” addresses human rights issues in the ICT sector, but it doesn’t go far enough.
Mixed messages: crypto and other closed-door conversations in the EU
Here’s we’ve learned so far about EU plans for encryption and other digital security measures.
Four ways the new proposal for bypassing MLATs fails human rights
We need to fix the MLAT system, but the new proposal doesn’t really do that. It also fails to implement a true human rights framework.
Beyond connectivity: building an inclusive U.N. agenda for internet development
On Monday, October 19th, stakeholders in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process gathered in New York for an interactive summit that represents one of the last few chances for civil society to discuss the WSIS findings and help shape the future of the initiative. Access Now joined a diverse coalition of groups to submit a unified revision of the “zero draft” — the draft of language that will become the resolution for adoption by the U.N. General Assembly in December.
The dangers of a militarized internet
Global conversations on cybersecurity, particularly in the west, have been largely focused on securing critical infrastructure. This nation-state-level focus has, perhaps unsurprisingly, implicated the military in defending a country’s national borders and national infrastructure, with “cyber” now joining air, land, sea, and space as a 5th domain of military warfare. To maintain the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the digital age, nations must now advance a user-focused approach to cybersecurity.