"This statement from 30 governments throws down the gauntlet on those who harm the human rights and economic opportunities of their people when they shut down vital communications services,” said international human rights lawyer and GNI Board Chair Mark Stephens, CBE.
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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