Access Now

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
  • Original Title: Access Now
  • Year: 2022
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Government & Citizen Engagement
  • Producer: Nikki Gladstone
  • Country: Canada
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Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. The tech advocacy company leverages innovative campaign tactics, bold visual advocacy, and global partnerships with civil society, journalists, technologists, and beyond. Their technology is based on just-in-time 24/7 support in nine languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Arabic, and Italian. Access Now responds to all requests within two hours providing Threat Modeling and Risk Assessment, File Storage Security, and other technology support to any group in need.

Access Now strategically engages courts and legal processes to hold governments and companies accountable and to uphold fundamental rights in the digital age. This includes submitting interventions, amicus briefs, and expert opinions in state-level, regional, and international proceedings, and providing consistent, high-quality legal support to partners and Digital Security Helpline clients.