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).

Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe
Digital rights in Zimbabwe: Joint submission to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe 20 July 2021 Various

This UPR submission was co-authored by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe Chapter, Small Media and Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), and supported by APC and numerous other global and regional organisations.

HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests
HRC47: Joint oral statement on internet shutdowns in the context of protests 01 July 2021 ARTICLE 19, Access Now and APC

In recognition of the 250 organisations in the #KeepItOn Coalition against internet shutdowns, we urge all states to immediately and unconditionally cease shutting down, throttling, or blocking the internet.

End the wave of digital censorship in India
End the wave of digital censorship in India 11 June 2021 Various

APC joins with other civil society organisations to denounce the escalating situation of digital authoritarianism in India, including the efforts to intimidate web platforms into compliance with the government's censorship measures.

APC at RightsCon 2021
APC at RightsCon 2021 03 June 2021 APCNews

APC sees RightsCon as a convening space for strategising and networking, as well as an opportunity to showcase APC’s work and perspectives on human rights in the digital space, a feminist internet, access and digital inclusion, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Open letter on the interpretation of paragraph 93(a) of the UN Secretary-General's Roadmap on Digital Cooperation
Open letter on the interpretation of paragraph 93(a) of the UN Secretary-General's Roadmap on Digital Cooperation 24 March 2021 APC and others

In the Roadmap on Digital Cooperation launched in 2020, the UN Secretary General proposes reforms to promote the strengthening of the Internet Governance Forum, so that it could become "more responsive and relevant to current digital issues."

Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report
Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report 10 March 2021 Various

In this response to the first substantive draft of the Open-ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG) report, APC and other civil society organisations provide general feedback, focusing on the “introductory remarks” and the “conclusions and recommendations” sections, and provide recommendations.

Open letter to Facebook and Google on equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms
Open letter to Facebook and Google on equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms 01 February 2021 Various

APC and a coalition of over 60 other organisations are calling on Facebook and Google to provide equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms globally. Online transparency should not be a privilege of the few, but the right of all.

To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more
To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more 25 January 2021 APC, Access Now and ARTICLE 19

A new resolution on privacy in the digital age adopted at the UN General Assembly reaffirms the fundamental importance of the right to privacy and renews international commitment to ending all abuses and violations of this vital right worldwide.

"We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case"
"We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case" 02 December 2020 Various

Ola Bini is a computer expert and human rights defender facing a political-judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. The undersigned Ecuadorian and international civil society organisations have set up a mission to observe the preparatory hearing and trial evaluation of 3 December 2020.

Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy
Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy 16 November 2020 Various

This joint statement calls on countries participating in the WTO negotiations on global rules to make it easier for consumers and companies to trade online to design a deal that puts people at its the centre and fully protect their rights.

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