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Fair Elections In Guinea? Keep The Internet Open

Friday, 16 October 2020, 8:34 am | Access Now

For the Republic of Guinea’s presidential elections to be fair and democratic, President Alpha Condé must ensure a stable and open internet before, during, and after polling day — scheduled for October 18, 2020. “The internet plays a crucial ... More >>

Shutdowns In Belarus: Austrian Telco Must Denounce Actions And Commit To Accountability

Friday, 2 October 2020, 9:14 am | Access Now

Austrian-owned A1 Telekom Austria Group must acknowledge its role in election-related internet shutdowns in Belarus, maintain free and open internet, and resist and denounce any and all future orders by the Alyaksandr Lukashenka government to interfere with ... More >>

Civil Society To South Korea: Protect Online Freedom Of Speech

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 6:49 am | Access Now

South Korea's network infrastructure may be state of the art, but the country’s "pay to play" regime for delivering traffic is an unprecedented threat to free and open internet. Access Now, along with 13 other NGOs — including Open ... More >>

Snatching Away A Lifeline: Australia Cannot Deny Asylum Seekers Mobile Phone Access

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 7:20 am | Access Now

Australian federal lawmakers must reject a problematic new bill that will award the Australian Border Force the right to confiscate mobile phones — and with them the lifeline of information, communication, and documentation they grant — from ... More >>

Trump Executive Orders Targeting China-linked Apps Fail To Protect Privacy, Harm Human Rights

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 3:20 pm | Access Now

Unilateral decrees by the Trump Administration banning transactions between U.S. persons and businesses and the firms running WeChat and TikTok would deprive millions of people of information and communication tools during a global pandemic, restrict ... More >>

"Slow To No Internet" In Kashmir

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 5:31 am | Access Now

On Wednesday, human rights advocates marked a grim anniversary: it has now been a full year since government authorities ordered an internet blackout in Jammu and Kashmir, and residents continue to suffer . Students struggle to learn. Journalists ... More >>

Human Rights Groups Appeal To President Lukashenko Of Belarus To #KeepItOn During Elections

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:24 am | Access Now

Access Now, together with 39 international rights groups, including members of the #KeepItOn coalition — a global network of human rights organizations that work to end internet shutdowns — and partners in Belarus, is urgently calling on President ... More >>

U.N. Special Rapporteurs Warn Of Closing Digital Space Amid COVID-19 At RightsCon Online

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:51 am | Access Now

Access Now welcomes a new statement from U.N. Special Rapporteurs warning of increased closing of digital spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and embraces their commitment to continue to document the intersection of technology within their mandates. The ... More >>

U.N. Special Rapporteurs Warn Of Closing Digital Space Amid Covid-19 At RightsCon Online

Friday, 31 July 2020, 7:47 am | Access Now

Access Now welcomes a new statement from U.N. Special Rapporteurs warning of increased closing of digital spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and embraces their commitment to continue to document the intersection of technology within their mandates. The ... More >>

#WhyID: Digital Health Certificates Are Not Immune From Violating Users' Rights

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 7:24 am | Access Now

As the world scrambles to respond to COVID-19, governments and international organizations are exploring various forms of digital health certificates to allow people greater access to spaces and services based on their health status and other private information. ... More >>

In A Victory For Privacy, EU Court Of Justice Bins EU-US Privacy Shield

Friday, 17 July 2020, 6:16 am | Access Now

In a landmark decision, the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down the EU-US Privacy Shield as it fails to protect people’s rights to privacy, data protection and access to remedy. The decision comes as part of the ruling on the “Schrems ... More >>

New Police Powers In Hong Kong Threaten Human Rights Online

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 1:45 pm | Access Now

Today marked the first meeting of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), chaired by the HKSAR Chief Executive and established by the controversial law on ‘Safeguarding National Security’ ... More >>

Transparency Talks: Video Conferencing And VoIP Platforms Must Put Users' Privacy First

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 7:16 am | Access Now

After pressing Zoom to issue regular transparency reports revealing government requests for user data, today, Access Now calls on other video conferencing platforms to release or update similar reports clarifying exactly how they protect personal user data ... More >>

Save The Date: Rightscon Online 2020, July 27 – 31

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 7:00 am | Access Now

Access Now is excited to announce that, for the first time, RightsCon will take place entirely online. From Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, 2020, we invite you to sign up, log in, and join us for the ninth edition of the world’s leading summit ... More >>

Amazon Halts Police Use Of Recognition

Friday, 12 June 2020, 7:00 am | Access Now

Amazon announced Wednesday that it would place a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition. The brief statement comes just two days after IBM announced in a letter to Congress that it would no longer offer general ... More >>

Civil Society To WHO: Let’s End Government-ordered Internet Shutdowns

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 7:40 am | Access Now

Last week, the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision-making body, convened its 73rd annual meeting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast the global spotlight on the WHO, the United Nations specialized ... More >>

Privacy And Public Health: The Dos And Don'ts For COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 7:24 am | Access Now

Since late 2019, the world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In response to the pandemic, governments around the world have been using data and technology in their efforts to contain the spread of the virus. In March, Access More >>

Covid-19: Access Now Releases Recommendations on Connectivity For Governments And Telcos

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 7:08 am | Access Now

The world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since late 2019, and with it, we have witnessed the intensifying need to get everyone, particularly underrepresented communities, online. To provide guidance, Access Now releases Expanding ... More >>

Global Rights Groups Urgently Demand Restoration Of 4G Internet Access In Jammu And Kashmir

Saturday, 25 April 2020, 8:22 am | Access Now

The #KeepItOn coalition and Access Now, together with 41 international rights groups from around the world released an open letter urgently calling on the government of India to restore access to 4G high-speed internet access as a first step towards ... More >>

UN Backs Down On Partnership With Tencent

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 8:11 am | Access Now

Last week, Foreign Policy reported that the United Nations (U.N.) has backtracked on its partnership with Tencent, a Chinese telecommunications company, to provide its online platform for the U.N.’s upcoming 75th anniversary. Today, Access Now ... More >>