Network Shutdowns & Blocking

GNI Condemns Network Disruptions Amidst Protests in Iran

GNI joins others in the international community in urging Iran to respect citizens’ right to free access to communication services and expression.

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:12

The Consequences of Network Shutdowns and Service Disruptions: A One-page Guide for Policymakers

“GNI urges all governments to consult our one-page guide and to weigh carefully the human rights, economic and reputational harms that can flow from the decision to disrupt public access to vital communications services and platforms,” said GNI Executive Director, Judith Lichtenberg. The one-page guide is available in English, Français, Español, Português, Pусский, عربي, 中文, हिंदी, বাঙালি, and አማርኛ.
Tue, 07/18/2017 - 09:12

GNI co-Hosts Network Disruptions Learning Call with Freedom Online Coalition and Access Now

The call addressed global efforts to counter intentional disruptions of the Internet by government actors. Participants included members of the GNI, #KeepitOn Coalition, and the FOC (including both governments and members of the former multi-stakeholder working groups).

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 13:08

GNI Welcomes Freedom Online Coalition Joint Statement on State-Sponsored Network Disruptions

"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.

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 15:49

GNI Concerned About Restrictions on Internet Access in Cameroon

“The shutdown in Cameroon appears to be calculated to target political speech,” said Mark Stephens, CBE., Independent Board Chair of the Global Network Initiative. “We urge the Government of Cameroon to immediately lift these restrictions.”

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:51

GNI Urges the Democratic Republic of Congo to Refrain from Blocking Social Media

GNI is deeply concerned by the government's statutory order that telecommunications operators block social media beginning Monday, December 19, when President Joseph Kabila’s second term of office ends.
Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:25

GNI Expresses Concern About Ongoing blocking of Facebook in Nauru

“The Government of Nauru should restore access to Facebook and commit to ensuring internet connectivity for all their citizens consistent with international human rights norms.”

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 16:27

GNI Workshop at 2016 IGF: Inclusive Responses to Intentional Internet Disruptions

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.
Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:16

GNI Hosts 2016 Learning Forum at Georgetown University

GNI launched a new policy brief, "Extremist Content and the ICT Sector," and convened discussions on the imposition of government restrictions beyond borders.

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:13

LinkedIn Blocked in Russia

The Global Network Initiative is deeply concerned that LinkedIn has been blocked in Russia. The blocking order from the Russian regulator was put into effect today.

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 16:47


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