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14 Apr 2016

Peter Micek and Alex Gilbert, Access Now

Access Now sends digital rights demands to 10 tech and telco chairs

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While the internet was in part developed with public funding, the web and mobile networks are largely a privately owned and operated environment. Companies mediate our internet access, and therefore our exercise of human rights online, yet in many cases, they lack the transparency and accountability we expect from governments or other actors that impact these rights.

To begin to right this balance, a number of civil society groups are showing tech and telecom companies how they can improve their disclosures about the policy and practices they use to safeguard digital rights. Access Now is partnering with Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) and the Business and Human Rights Research Centre (BHRRC) to give companies targeted advice that can help bring their practices in line with international human rights standards...