All over the world – from the Americas to Europe to the Middle East to Africa and Asia – companies in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector face increasing government pressure to comply with domestic laws and policies in ways that may conflict with the internationally recognized human rights of freedom of expression and privacy.

In response, a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics spent two years negotiating and creating a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector, and have formed an Initiative to take this work forward.

Core Documents

Our core documents describe GNI's objectives and the key commitments of the participants: 

Principles | Implementation Guidelines | Accountability, Policy & Learning Framework | Governance Charter

The Consequences of Network Disruptions: A Guide for Policymakers

Available in all six official UN languages, our one-pager can help companies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders better inform government agencies about the consequences of imposing network shutdowns and service restrictions. 


Global Network Initiative 2016 Annual Report

"Amidst growing threats to user rights, our 2016 Annual Report shows a newly energized and expanding GNI working to forge constructive multi-stakeholder solutions in support of free speech and privacy,” said GNI Independent Board Chair Mark Stephens, CBE.