Court rules the internet shutdowns in Papua and West Papua are illegal

Today, June 3, a panel of judges of the Jakarta State Administrative Court ruled that the deliberate 2019 internet shutdowns in Papua and West Papua were illegal. A coalition of civil society groups working on freedom of expression issues in Southeast Asia, including the Alliance for Independent Journalists (AJI) and Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression …

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Access Now and partners defend Maine broadband privacy law

Today, Access Now and New America’s Open Technology Institute, represented by Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation, filed an amicus brief in the internet service providers’ (ISPs) challenge to the Maine broadband privacy statute. The brief is in support of the state of Maine and of upholding the statute. The amicus brief argues that ISPs …

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Twitter corrects Trump’s inaccurate ballot tweet, so he retaliates with legally nonsensical executive order

Today, U.S. President Trump, in retaliation for Twitter reasonably appending a fact-checking link to his misleading tweet on mail-in ballots, signed an executive order designed to limit the protections afforded to platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 has contributed substantially to the ability of social media companies to grow and …

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Civil society to WHO: let’s end government-ordered internet shutdowns

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 agency responsible for international public health, to access vital information to save lives. With the world …

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#KeepItOn: Open letter to WHO Deputy Director-General to urge the governments to end shutdowns amid COVID-19

26 May 2020 The Deputy Director-General Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab World Health Organization  Avenue Appia 20, 1211, Genève  Switzerland #KeepItOn: Open letter appealing to the Deputy Director-General to urge the governments of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Pakistan to end the ongoing internet shutdown amid COVID-19 pandemic Your Excellency, We write to you on behalf of the …

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Access Now raises the alarm over weak enforcement of the EU GDPR on the two-year anniversary

Brussels, BE — Today, Access Now releases a report which finds critical flaws in the enforcement of the EU flagship data protection law. Two years after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, official data show that Data Protection Authorities (DPAs), crippled by a lack of resources, tight budgets, and administrative hurdles, have …

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California bill would help close digital divide and make the state a leader on connectivity

Today, Access Now joined over 30 other organizations in supporting California State Senator Lena Gonzalez’s SB 1130. The bill would update the state’s broadband buildout program to focus on “future-proof” technology and make it easier to improve slow and inadequate connections (like Digital Subscriber Line, or DSL). Such an update is sorely needed now that …

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Human rights organizations call on Egyptian authorities to cease restrictions on internet freedoms and digital rights

Read the Arabic version here. Following the rise in the number of patients with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Egyptian authorities have taken significant, large-scale measures in order to limit the spread of the virus. These include imposing a curfew on citizens for a specified number of hours, the full and temporary closure of some government …

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مؤسسات حقوقية: تطالب السلطات المصرية بالتوقف عن تقييد الحقوق والحريات على الإنترنت

إقرأ المقال باللغة الإنقليزية. عقب تزايد أعداد المصابين بفيروس كورونا المُستجد، اتخذت السلطات المصرية إجراءات وتدابير واسعة من شأنها الحد من انتشار الفيروس، من بينها فرض حظر مؤقت على تنقل المواطنين لعدد محدد من الساعات والغلق الكامل والمؤقت لبعض المصالح الحكومية وتخفيض عدد العاملين في مصالح وجهات أخرى. إلاّ أن الحكومة المصرية قد استمرت في ممارساتها …

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#KeepItOn: Les organisations de défense des droits humains exhortent le président burundais Nkurunziza à garantir un accès Internet ouvert et sécurisé pendant les élections de 2020

Available in English. Access Now, ainsi que 30 organizations internationales de défense des droits humains qui forment la coalition #KeepItOn, le lundi 18 mai 2020 ont envoyé une lettre conjointe au gouvernement du Burundi pour garantir un accès ouvert, sécurisé et stable à Internet et aux plateformes de réseaux sociaux à travers les élections présidentielles …

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