"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.
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 (GNI) submitted the following written evidence to the Joint Committee of Parliament currently considering the UK Government's proposed Draft Communications Data Bill (C8359). Our submission has been published on the Committee website alongside other submissions.
On 24 August 2011, GNI wrote to the UK Home Secretary about the discussions between the Government and companies in the ICT sector following the recent violence in London. The text of the letter is below.
Dear Home Secretary,
In this open letter we write regarding discussions due to take place between the Government and companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector following the recent civil unrest in the UK.
The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce influential free speech campaign group and publisher Index on Censorship is to join GNI. Index on Censorship, Britain's leading organization promoting free expression, will become the first non-founding NGO to join the multi-stakeholder organization.
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