Access Now

Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, it fights for open and secure communications for all. Access Now is a supporter of APC's African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights
Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights 02 April 2020 Various

Over 100 organisations from around the world signed a joint statement stressing that digital surveillance to fight COVID-19 can only be justified if it respects human rights, and setting out conditions that must be met before the use of surveillance technology to fight the pandemic.

Observing the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case
Observing the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case 03 March 2020 Various

Ola Bini is a computer expert and human rights defender recognised worldwide, who is facing a political-judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. In regards to this, Ecuadorian and international civil society organisations have decided to attend, as observers, the preparatory hearing and trial evaluation of 5 March 2020.

#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo
#KeepIton: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure during the elections in Togo 21 February 2020 Various

APC joined this call on the government of Togo to ensure that the internet, including social media and other communication channels, remains open, secure and accessible before, during and after the upcoming presidential elections.

APC statement at the UN Open-ended Working Group on International Cybersecurity
APC statement at the UN Open-ended Working Group on International Cybersecurity 13 February 2020 APC and others

APC welcomes this opportunity to address the United Nations Open-ended Working Group and to participate in this informal dialogue with stakeholders. We urge a rights-based and inclusive approach to understanding threats in cyberspace.

Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald
Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald 24 January 2020 Various

The undersigned press freedom and civil liberties organizations emphatically condemn the Brazilian authorities’ criminal charges against the award-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Joint letter: Ban security and surveillance facial recognition
Joint letter: Ban security and surveillance facial recognition 19 December 2019 Various

The Observatoire des Libertés Numériques and 80 organisations, including APC, signed this joint letter calling on the French government and parliament to ban any present and future use of facial recognition for security and surveillance purposes.

Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders
Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders 17 December 2019 Various

The undersigning civil society organisations express concern over the global trend of persecuting digital rights defenders, including security researchers and trainers who act to protect and promote human rights, and demand protection of their work and their recognition as human rights defenders.

Open letter to UN General Assembly: Proposed international convention on cybercrime poses a threat to human rights online
Open letter to UN General Assembly: Proposed international convention on cybercrime poses a threat to human rights online 06 November 2019 Various

Countering cybercrime is a key challenge that requires international cooperation. However, the approach taken in the draft resolution “Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes” is fundamentally flawed and would restrict the use of the internet for human rights, and social and economic development.

Civil society statement to the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security on cyber peace and human security
Civil society statement to the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security on cyber peace and human security 21 October 2019 Various

The 14 civil society organisations supporting this statement, including APC, stress that cybersecurity includes the protection of human rights, and cybersecurity-related laws, policies and practices should not be used as a pretext to violate human rights.

Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms
Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms 07 October 2019 APCNews

APC joined over a hundred civil society organisations, including over 20 members, in supporting an open letter to Facebook encouraging the company "in no uncertain terms, to continue increasing the end-to-end security across Facebook’s messaging services."

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