Access Now began as an emergency response team of technologists working to help people get back online and ensure their safe communications. Today Access Now has many initiatives for activists at risk.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:

Digital security


Legal assistance 

Target group: human rights defenders, journalists

Operates worldwide 

Access Now is a non-governmental organization that works to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world through policy, advocacy, and technical support, grants, legal interventions, and global convenings like RightsCon. Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline offers free of charge, 24/7 direct technical assistance and advice to civil society groups and activists, media organizations, journalists and bloggers, and human rights defenders.