Weapons of control, shields of impunity: Internet shutdowns in 2022
Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 187 internet shutdowns in 2022, across a record-setting 35 countries.
Empty promises: more internet shutdowns during exams in MENA
As students in MENA sit down for national exams, governments cut off the internet and implement shutdowns. Here’s what happened in 2022.
Syria’s new “cybercrime” law adds salt to injury
Syria’s new “cybercrime” law gives a regime notorious for surveilling citizens new powers to violate privacy, silence people, and add a false legal veneer to human rights violations.
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.
Internet shutdowns during exams: when MENA governments fail the test
National secondary and high school exams are a big deal in the Arab world. But when MENA governments cut off internet access nationwide to stop students from sharing exam answers, they also block access to essential online services.
Digital dominion: new report exposes the depth of Syrian regime’s mass surveillance
Access Now and UIC John Marshall Law School International Human Rights Clinic are launching “Digital dominion: how the Syrian regime’s mass digital surveillance violates human rights.”
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube must end the attack on critical voices in MENA
Access Now and 42 human rights organizations, journalists, and activists from across the globe call on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to not be complicit in censorship of human rights defenders across the Middle East and North Africa.
Community voices: Ahmad Primo combats false news and disinformation coming out of Syria
Six weeks away from RightsCon, we highlight the vital work that our community members are doing to defend and extend human rights in the digital age.
Access Now responds to Special Rapporteur Kaye on “Content Regulation in the Digital Age”
Governments are coercing private internet intermediaries to police and regulate online content. Here’s how companies can meet their obligation to respect human rights.