Core Commitments

The GNI Principles state the overarching commitment of members to collaborate in the advancement of user rights to freedom of expression and privacy. The Principles provide high-level guidance to the tech industry on how to respect, protect, and advance users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy when faced with government demands or restrictions.

The Implementation Guidelines provide more detailed guidance to tech companies on how to put the Principles into practice, and set forth the framework for collaboration among companies, NGOs, investors, and academics. The guidelines are periodically reviewed and revised to take into account actual experience, evolving circumstances and stakeholder feedback.

GNI member companies commit to acting in a manner consistent with the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines wherever they operate, including in difficult jurisdictions.

GNI’s Accountability, Policy & Learning Framework sets out goals for collaboration and a system of company accountability to support the Principles, maximize opportunities for learning and ensure the integrity and efficacy of the Initiative.

The Governance Charter establishes a governance structure and defines key organizational elements of the initiative. The Charter describes how the GNI will be governed in order to ensure integrity, accountability, relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact.

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