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Access Now was formed in 2009 in response to the Iranian government blocking Internet access, censoring content, and undermining its opponents’ online security during an election. Access Now began as an emergency response team of technologists working to help people get back online and ensure their safe communications. From Costa Rica, to Tunis, to New York, Access Now has grown a diverse team of 60+ staff members across 13 countries. Access Now is legally registered in Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States, while supporting staff, fellows, and other personnel in Argentina, Australia, Germany, India, Kenya, Peru, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and beyond.
We seek to serve, guide, and influence decision makers across sectors through human rights-focused thought leadership and innovative, evidence-based policy analysis... we work with local and regional partners to strengthen human rights protections from national capitals to the grassroots, and to effect real-time policy victories and long-term systemic change. We educate, petition, and appeal to decision makers in the halls of parliaments and corporate boardrooms, deliver digital security resources to users at risk, and mobilize global internet users to pressure the powerful.
The organization has started a new campaign:
As the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration and new U.S. Congress get to work, human rights in the digital era need to be at the top of their agenda. 2021 presents a unique opportunity to methodically advance policy changes that can improve the lives of millions in the U.S. and around the world — and we’re here to help make it happen.
Over the past four years, we have seen the harms that result when leaders fail to put human rights and social justice at the heart of tech policy. We have a lot of work to do.
The Biden-Harris administration has campaigned on promises to put people first. To help keep them accountable, and to empower all of us to take action, Access Now created this Digital Rights Tracker covering some of the major themes we’re following in 2021... We’ll continuously update this tracker with developments as they unfold, and with new opportunities for you to help us fight for change.
The seven themes they are monitoring:
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