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.
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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