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Protect Rights Online And Off: Uganda’s Court Upholds Criminalization Of LGBTQ+ Advocacy

Friday, 5 April 2024, 6:12 am | Access Now

Access Now condemns the Uganda Constitutional Court’s decision to uphold the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act . This deadly blow to human rights is legitimizing discrimination, intolerance, and violence against people at risk in Uganda — online and off. “The ... More >>

YouTube Approves Disinformation Ads In India Ahead Of General Election

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 7:19 am | Access Now

YouTube is approving election disinformation ads in India ahead of the country’s general election, a new joint investigation by Access Now and Global Witness has found. Access Now and Global Witness’ new investigation, " Votes will not ... More >>

A Step In The Right Direction: Meta Oversight Board’s Opinion On The Term “Shaheed”

Wednesday, 27 March 2024, 7:07 am | Access Now

Access Now welcomes the long-awaited Oversight Board’s policy advisory opinion calling on Meta to end its blanket ban on use of the Arabic-language term “shaheed” when referring to individuals designated as dangerous, and demands that Meta adopt ... More >>

Democracy’s Lifeline: Senegal Must Uphold Internet Access This Election

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 6:47 am | Access Now

On March 24, 2024 , the people of Senegal will head to the polls to vote in the country’s presidential election — and accessible internet is fundamental. Through an open letter , Access Now and 49 human rights organizations from across the globe ... More >>

Keepiton In Pakistan: Ensure Open And Secure Internet For All During The 2024 Elections

Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 9:21 am | Access Now

As Pakistan heads to the polls on 8 February , authorities must guarantee uninterrupted access to the internet and digital communication platforms for everyone across the country. Through an open letter , Access Now, the #KeepItOn coalition , and organisations ... More >>

Telegram In Kenya: Keep People Connected During National Exams

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 1:27 am | Access Now

People in Kenya have the right to access information and communicate freely online — including through messaging applications like Telegram. There have been ongoing reports of Telegram being intermittently inaccessible for more than a week in Kenya, ... More >>

DSA: The War On Gaza Is Not An Excuse To Silence People Online

Friday, 27 October 2023, 6:40 am | Access Now

The European Commission’s knee-jerk response to online content governance during the Hamas-Israel war may jeopardise human rights. The Commission’s recommendation , proposing a temporary incident response mechanism as a part of the Digital Services ... More >>

Physical and digital ceasefire in Gaza: UN, governments, Big Tech must act

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 5:53 am | Access Now

Content note: The following post contains references to violence and war. It’s time for a physical and digital ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Access Now supports Oxfam International and 200+ civil society organizations in calling for an immediate ... More >>

When Tackling Illegal Online Content Related To Conflict In Gaza, The Rule Of Law Matters

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 6:12 am | Access Now

The Digital Service Act (DSA) must not be exploited in times of conflict or crisis. Access Now and ARTICLE 19, along with 28 other global civil society organisations, have written to European Commissioner Thierry Breton, urging him to respect due process ... More >>

No Such Thing As A “Normal” Body: New Report Explores How AI Biometrics Oppress People

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 5:32 am | Access Now

From facial recognition to iris scanning, people’s biometric data is being collected each day and fed into artificial intelligence (AI) systems that influence how people live, and how they are treated by society. Bodily harms: mapping the risks of emerging ... More >>

#KeepItOn: Telecommunications Blackout In The Gaza Strip Is An Attack On Human Rights

Saturday, 14 October 2023, 6:05 am | Access Now

Content note: The following contains references to violence and war. The Israeli government declared war on Sunday, October 8, in response to an assault by Hamas militants beginning Saturday, October 7. These escalations come in the context of ... More >>

#KeepItOn: Telecommunications Blackout In The Gaza Strip Is An Attack On Human Rights

Saturday, 14 October 2023, 6:05 am | Access Now

Content note: The following contains references to violence and war. The Israeli government declared war on Sunday, October 8, in response to an assault by Hamas militants beginning Saturday, October 7. These escalations come in the context of ... More >>

IGF In Saudi Arabia: Not With That Human Rights Record

Friday, 13 October 2023, 8:04 pm | Access Now

Content note: The following post contains references to violence, sexism and misogyny, torture, and murder. The United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) should not be held in Saudi Arabia in 2024 due to the country’s abysmal human rights record ... More >>

Before Critical Year For Democracy, 38 States Condemn Internet Shutdowns Amid Elections

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 6:08 am | Access Now

Kyoto, Japan — Today, thirty-eight governments, who compose the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), condemn internet shutdowns and network disruptions amid elections. The joint statement — issued during the annual United Nations Internet Governance ... More >>

Liberia Elections: Unrestricted Internet, Social Media Is A Requirement

Monday, 9 October 2023, 5:45 am | Access Now

As the people of Liberia prepare to vote on October 10 , President George Weah’s administration must ensure that the election process is inclusive, free, and fair — starting with upholding access to information and avenues for free expression ... More >>

Jordan Passes Flawed Data Protection Law

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 9:28 pm | Access Now

Jordan has finally adopted a data protection law after nine years in the making. While it introduces robust rights and safeguards to protect people’s personal information, the long-awaited law retains a number of problematic provisions that could not only ... More >>

COP28: UAE Authorities Must Stop Greenwashing Human Rights Abuses

Sunday, 17 September 2023, 7:35 am | Access Now

As the United Arab Emirates (UAE) prepares to host the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), Access Now and partners are demanding that human rights are at the forefront of the agenda. Through an open letter , Access Now and a global coalition of over ... More >>

Exiled Media Under Attack: Access Now Documents First-time Use Of Pegasus Against Russian Journalist

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 7:09 am | Access Now

NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware is now being used against exiled Russian media critical of Putin’s regime and the war in Ukraine. A new joint investigation by Access Now and the Citizen Lab uncovers that the iPhone of Galina Timchenko, co-founder, ... More >>

Authorities In Ethiopia Must Restore Internet Access In Amhara

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 6:13 am | Access Now

Authorities in Ethiopia must immediately restore internet access in the Amhara region, and commit to ensuring an open, accessible, and secure internet during and after the ongoing conflict. Access to mobile internet services has been disrupted in the ... More >>

Cambodia: Meta Refuses To Block Hun Sen’s Accounts, Implicitly Encouraging Incitement To Violence

Saturday, 2 September 2023, 7:32 pm | Access Now

Yesterday, August 29 , Meta announced that it will not suspend the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Cambodia’s former Prime Minister, Hun Sen, rejecting the Oversight Board’s recommendation in July to do so to stem Hun Sen’s “unequivocal ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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