Human Rights Impact

Video: The Role of Human Rights Impact Assessments in Advancing Rights Online

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 14:46

At the meeting of the Freedom Online Coalition in Tallinn, Estonia, GNI organized a session with the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Human Rights Impact Assessments in the ICT sector: 

Protecting Human Rights in the Digital Age

Comments on European Commission draft ICT sector guidance on business and human rights

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry project to develop guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 14:37

GNI Statement on the Global Online Freedom Act of 2011

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) supports the objective of legislation that would protect and advance rights to free expression and privacy online and provide increased transparency and accountability for information and communications technology (ICT) companies operating worldwide.
GNI member companies have made a public commitment to undertake human rights due diligence measures. We commend the authors of H.R. 3605, the Global Online Freedom Act of 2011, for requiring disclosure by companies about the human rights due diligence measures they undertake. 
Wed, 03/28/2012 - 09:59

GNI statement on UN Work on the Human Right of Freedom of Expression

On the 28th of July, the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations approved a new “General Comment” of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, giving clear guidance on the legitimate restrictions on freedom of expression that states can make.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 16:00

Statement of the Global Network Initiative on the OECD’s update of the Revised Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the reference to human rights and Internet freedom in the OECD's recent update of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
These guidelines are indicative of a broad international consensus on key aspects of the ongoing effort to ensure protection for fundamental rights and recognize that collaboration between different stakeholders can strengthen efforts to protect these rights.

Tue, 06/14/2011 - 13:00

GNI Concerned About Lack of Transparency and Accountability in YouTube Censorship (UPDATE: April 1, 2009)

Ongoing and recurring incidents around the world have highlighted the need for the GNI's framework and approach. Recent blocking in China of the online video site YouTube is one illustrative case of practices that result in inappropriate restrictions on freedom of expression.

Wed, 03/25/2009 - 17:00

GNI Responds To Increased Censorship of Online Publishing Services and User Generated Content

In responding to the removal, censorship and blocking of online publishing services – home to increasingly popular user generated content such as blogs, videos and photos – the Global Network Initiative stated today that its participating companies will continue to take steps to minimize the impact on users and the public and to encourage governments to protect the right to freedom of expression.

Wed, 05/20/2009 - 17:00

GNI Participants Discuss Human Rights Challenges at Soul of the New Machine Conference

On May 4, 2009, Global Network Initiative participants took part in a panel at the Soul of the New Machine Conference in Berkeley, California. Participants discussed recent challenges to freedom of expression and privacy in Korea, Moldova, and Australia, and the role of the GNI as a source of first principles, collaboration, and engagement.

Tue, 06/02/2009 - 16:00

GNI Presents Multi-Stakeholder Approach at Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Summit

The GNI participated in a panel entitled, “The GNI’s Multi-Stakeholder Approach” at the first annual Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Summit on May 5, 2009.

Thu, 06/04/2009 - 16:00


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