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"Access is a global movement premised on the belief that political participation and the realization of human rights in the 21st century is increasingly dependent on access to the internet and other forms of technology. Founded in the wake of the 2009 Iranian post-election crackdown, Access teams with digital activists and civil society groups internationally to build their technical capacity and to help them advocate globally for their digital rights." [1] has the support of:

  • Avaazorg, a global political web movement which has rapidly grown into the largest online activist community in the world at 5 million subscribers in 193 countries
  •, national progressive organization, with over 5 million members online
  • uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations
  • Blue State Digital, providing Internet strategy and technology for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, the American Red Cross, Save Darfur Coalition, the Sundance Film Festival, the National Geographic Society, and many others.
  • GetUp! GetUp is an independent, grass-roots Australian community advocacy organisation giving citzens opportunities to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues.
  • The Tor Project, an open source and free software project enabling Internet anonymity by thwarting network traffic analysis.

Board [2]

International Advisory Board

Accessed February 2011: [3]

  • Andrew Lewman - Executive Director of the Tor Project
  • Andrew Rasiej - Founder of Personal Democracy Forum
  • Chris Hughes - Co-founder of Facebook and Director of Online Organizing for Obama’s Presidential Campaign
  • Eli Pariser - Former Executive Director and Current Board President of
  • Ethan Zuckerman - Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Co-Founder of Global Voices Online
  • Joe Rospars - New Media Director for Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign and Founding Partner of Blue State Digital
  • Lawrence Lessig - Co-founder of Creative Commons and Professor at Harvard Law School
  • Peter Gabriel - Grammy Award winning international musician and co-founder of Witness and the Elders
  • Reihan Salam - Policy advisor at Economics 21, blogger and conservative political analyst
  • Ricken Patel - Co-founder and Executive Director,
  • Ron Deibert - Director of the Citizen Lab, Co-founder of the OpenNet Initiative and Psiphon
  • Tattu Mambetallieva Emilbekovna - Director of the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy
  • Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm - Executive Director, Witness



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. About,, accessed February 18, 2011.
  2. About, organizational web page, accessed April 19, 2019.
  3. About,, accessed February 18, 2011.