Digital rights advocates have sometimes seen companies as adversaries when they cooperate with orders to limit or shut off services. But new research demonstrates a set of practical steps companies caught between these competing pressures can take to uphold their responsibilities and work together with advocates to discourage government disruption orders.
Cloudflare is the first web-infrastructure and security company to join GNI as an observer. “We believe Cloudflare’s cybersecurity expertise will add great value to our diversity of perspectives on ICT and human rights,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.
LINE becomes the first Asian company to join other 14 leading information communications and technology companies and more than 50 academic, civil society and investor members globally in advocating GNI policy priorities to protect data privacy and freedom of expression.
International human rights expert David Kaye will join the Global Network Initiative as the new independent chair of its Board of Directors upon completing his term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
The Wikimedia Foundation’s experience as a global platform positions them to significantly contribute to the conversations among GNI companies, while their unique perspective as a non-profit hosting provider will benefit all GNI members,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.
In the Op-Ed “Companies Must Defend Digital Rights in the COVID-19 Era,” published by Project Syndicate on June 4, 2020, GNI Independent Board Chair, Mark Stephens CBE outlines some valuable lessons from the most recent GNI assessments […]
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes efforts by companies to increase transparency around human rights due diligence (HRDD) and human rights impact assessments (HRIAs). As part of companies’ HRDD processes, the use of HRIAs assists companies in identifying, preventing, and mitigating human rights […]
Tech and Telecom Companies Make Progress Implementing the Global Network Initiative’s Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy
GNI completed its third cycle of independent company assessments and released the 2018/2019 public assessment report of 11 member companies. The report shares points of progress and areas for future shared learning of how companies integrate the GNI Principles into their business operations, ways to enhance and expand training efforts inside companies, and developing tools and guidance on topics such as human rights due diligence and impact assessment.
“GNI welcomes IPANDETEC’s expertise monitoring and analyzing Internet policies and legislation with a focus on gender, cybersecurity, and data protection,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.