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Money Talks: Twitter’s Financial Backers Must Use Their Power To Mitigate Risks Of Musk Takeover

Friday, 13 May 2022, 6:20 am | Access Now

Twitter’s shareholders and the financial institutions backing Elon Musk’s bid to take over the company must use their power to center and uphold the human rights of hundreds of millions of people who use the platform across the globe. With no ... More >>

Empty Promises? Declaration For Future Of The Internet Is Nice On Paper

Friday, 29 April 2022, 6:08 am | Access Now

Washington, DC —Today, a global coalition of over 60 states launched A Declaration for the Future of the Internet . The non-binding statement calls for “a single global Internet – one that is truly open and fosters competition, privacy, and ... More >>

Internet Shutdowns In 2021 Report: Digital Authoritarianism Returning Across The Globe

Friday, 29 April 2022, 5:23 am | Access Now

Internet shutdowns are dangerous acts of digital authoritarianism. In 2021, authorities deliberately shut down the internet at least 182 times across 34 countries. This exposes a dramatic increase in the use of this oppressive form of control compared ... More >>

EU’s Political Deal On The Digital Services Act Step In The Right Direction, But Some Questions Remain

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 6:04 am | Access Now

The future of the EU content moderation playbook, the Digital Services Act (DSA), was decided last Friday, April 22 , when EU co-legislators reached an agreement on the final text which is not yet public. While Access Now welcomes the human rights-centric ... More >>

Elon Musk’s Twitter Buyout Must Not Come At The Expense Of Human Rights

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 6:45 pm | Access Now

Following today’s announcement that Elon Musk will acquire complete ownership of Twitter in a cash sale of around 44 billion USD, pending shareholder approval, Access Now urges Twitter’s Board, employees, and shareholders, along with Elon ... More >>

EU Parliament’s Draft Of AI Act: Predictive Policing Is Banned, But Work Remains To Protect People’s Rights

Friday, 22 April 2022, 5:49 am | Access Now

Today, after almost a year of delays, the European Parliament’s lead committees have published their Draft Report on the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). Access Now welcomes the much needed addition of a ban on individual risk assessment for ... More >>

Civil Society To EU: Don’t Threaten Rights With Last-minute “Crisis Response Mechanism” In DSA

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 5:31 am | Access Now

The European Commission’s last-minute proposal of Article 27a to the Digital Services Act (DSA) must be revised to ensure rights are upheld across the EU throughout times of crisis. The war in Ukraine is bringing forward a myriad of issues around content ... More >>

#KeepItOn: Turkmenistan Rips A Page From The Authoritarian Playbook, Digitally Disconnects The Nation

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 6:26 am | Access Now

Barely a month after Turkmenistan’s President, Serdar Berdimuhamedow, came into office — amidst international criticism that the election was neither fair nor free — the new leader is plunging the country’s six million people into a complete ... More >>

U.S. Treasury Moves To Keep Russians Connected Despite Sanctions

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 6:30 pm | Access Now

Washington, DC —Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury issued a General License to exempt internet communications services, and related software, hardware, or technologies, from U.S. sanctions against Russia. This decision comes in direct response to a coalition ... More >>

Facing The Consequences: Access Now Welcomes Legal Action Against NSO Group

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 5:53 am | Access Now

Access Now welcomes the new lawsuit filed today , April 5, in France against the Israeli spyware company NSO Group for facilitating the unlawful surveillance of French-Palestinian human rights defender, Salah Hammouri, through the use of its spyware Pegasus. The ... More >>

The Government Must Commit To Ensuring Access To An Open Internet And Free Social Media In Crisis-hit Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 5:37 am | Access Now

The people of Sri Lanka are facing an attack by President Rajapaksa’s administration on their freedom of expression amid a state of emergency, curfews, and worsening economic crises. On Sunday, 3 April, correlating with widespread public demonstrations ... More >>

It’s Not Over Until It’s Over: Sanctions Must Stop Telenor’s Sale To The Myanmar Military

Saturday, 19 March 2022, 6:21 am | Access Now

Access Now, outraged by today’s announcement that the Myanmar Investment Commission has approved the sale of Telenor Myanmar, is calling for international actors to implement sanctions and stop the company’s irresponsible disposal of its Myanmar ... More >>

Civil Society To U.S. Government: Do Not Disrupt Internet Access In Russia Or Belarus

Friday, 11 March 2022, 7:43 am | Access Now

Today, Access Now, Wikimedia Foundation, and over 35 civil society organizations called on U.S. President Biden and his administration to ensure the people of Russia and Belarus are not cut off from the internet. The signatories deplore Russia’s ... More >>

EU Must Keep People In And Leaving Ukraine As Safe, Secure, Connected As Possible

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 7:17 am | Access Now

The European Union must do everything in its power to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people affected by Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and work with tech platforms and telecoms operators to uphold connectivity, access to accurate information, data ... More >>

Go Back To The Drawing Board: Kenya Must Scrap Unconstitutional Huduma Bill 2021

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 8:10 am | Access Now

Civil society organizations are making their voices heard in Kenyan parliament, and the message is clear: the unconstitutional Huduma Bill 2021 must be scrapped . Currently sitting before parliament, the noxius draft bill that will transition ... More >>

Civil Society Calls For Solidarity With Ukraine’s Human Rights Defenders In Guarding Against Cyber Threats

Saturday, 19 February 2022, 6:23 pm | Access Now

In a statement issued today, Access Now, together with Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law and Digital Security Lab Ukraine , calls on the international community to take swift action in support of civil society in Ukraine, as well as the broader ... More >>

Stop The Misinformation Experience: Spotify Must Intervene

Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 7:13 pm | Access Now

Spotify’s decision to host and produce The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, replete with harmful and misleading COVID-19-related content, is a risk to human rights and public health. The company has a responsibility to exercise editorial discretion ... More >>

The Whole World’s Watching: Resist Myanmar’s Digital Coup

Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 7:42 am | Access Now

Last week marked one year since the military besieged Myanmar and pilfered control of the nation through a violent coup — one full year of brutal crackdowns, serious human rights violations, and escalating digital control over the nation. The international ... More >>

Stop The Sale Of NSO Group

Friday, 4 February 2022, 6:38 am | Access Now

Washington, DC —Today, Access Now sent a letter to Integrity Partners & Associates, LLC (Integrity Partners) and Moelis & Company to stop the planned acquisition of notorious spyware purveyor NSO Group. U.S. venture capital firm Integrity ... More >>

Kazakhstan Government, Telcos Must Put An End To Internet Shutdowns

Friday, 28 January 2022, 6:01 am | Access Now

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are appalled by the internet shutdowns at the hands of authorities and telecommunications providers in the first weeks of January 2022. Through an open letter to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the coalition is ... More >>