GNI has organized discussions on the rise in network and communications disruptions and shutdowns, shifting trends in country legal frameworks affecting companies’ abilities to respect rights in their operations, and a spotlight on the GNI demonstrating our multi-stakeholder approaches to advancing privacy and freedom of expression in the ICT sector.
"When companies work together with stakeholders to implement human rights commitments, it makes a difference. GNI and TID companies performed better than all other companies evaluated in the Index on indicators measuring the extent to which companies have institutionalized their corporate-level commitments to freedom of expression and privacy,” said Ranking Digital Rights Director Rebecca MacKinnon.
The workshop used breakout groups to facilitate detailed discussions of three topics pertaining to shutdowns: connections to elections and moments of political importance, economic impacts, and technical considerations.
Alongside the launch of the GNI Extremist Content Policy Brief, Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg outlined approaches for both companies and governments to respond to alleged terrorist or extremist content while protecting rights to privacy and freedom of expression online.
At the Open Government Summit in London, GNI Board Chair Jermyn Brooks joined a panel on the next-generation challenges governments and civil society must face in advancing the open government agenda globally.
The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue held their first joint Learning Forum in Brussels, Belgium, presenting an opportunity to share perspectives on current challenges facing freedom of expression and privacy.
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