GNI Expresses Serious Concern Regarding Pakistan’s Rules Against Online Harm

The Citizens Protection (Rules Against Online Harm) 2020, approved by the Government of Pakistan on 21 January 2020, creates significant risks for the privacy and free expression rights of ICT users both within and outside of Pakistan.

GNI Statement on Domestic Cases Asserting Global Internet Jurisdiction

Two recent rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union — Google vs. CNIL and Glawischnig-Piesczek vs. Facebook — fail to sufficiently consider freedom of expression and privacy risks when EU countries' domestic authorities assert global authority and jurisdiction over online content. Greater efforts at intergovernmental and multistakeholder deliberation are needed to determine the appropriate scope of application for domestic legal orders on global internet companies.

2020-01-29T18:35:08+00:00January 29, 2020|Categories: feature, Issues, issues highlight, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits|Tags: , , |

GNI Statement on Ongoing Information and Communications Disruptions in India

GNI is deeply concerned about reports of network disruptions across India, including in New Delhi, amid mass protests. GNI urges the government to consider its international commitments to freedom of expression and the risks disruptions pose for public safety, health and emergency services, the economy, and the news media.

2019-12-24T14:57:00+00:00December 24, 2019|Categories: feature, issues highlight, media releases, network disruptions|Tags: , |

GNI Joins Christchurch Call Advisory Network

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to join the Christchurch Call Advisory Network, whose participating members were announced on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2019.

“GNI’s multistakeholder membership looks forward to continuing to engage with participating governments, companies, and […]

2019-12-09T16:15:54+00:00November 27, 2019|Categories: intermediary liability, issues highlight|Tags: , |

Enhancing Understanding of Legal Trends Impacting Freedom of Expression and Privacy in the ICT Sector

The new and improved GNI Country Legal Frameworks Resource (CLFR) is Live! The CLFR centralizes and facilitates search and comparison across a repository of more than 50 country-specific reports on governments' authorities to access user data or restrict communications.

GNI Submission to the Consultation on the UK Online Harms White Paper

We are concerned that the approach outlined in the White Paper is both too broad and unnecessarily vague. We ask the government to take the time necessary to narrow and flesh-out its approach in more detail, in broad consultation with all stakeholders and before moving forward with legislation, in order to protect freedom of expression online, promote innovation and competition, and provide the coherence and certainty that the government seeks to deliver.

Understanding Electoral Information Flows: How to Approach the Role of Digital Technologies in Elections? By Jason Pielemeier*

GNI's session at UNESCO World Press Freedom Day explored information flows and potential abuses of ICTs during elections, and lessons for upcoming elections in Ethiopia. GNI Policy Director Jason Pielemeier reflects on the session for the GNI Blog.

2019-06-10T21:03:14+00:00June 10, 2019|Categories: issues highlight, network disruptions|Tags: , |

Letter to Prime Minister Ardern and President Macron on the Christchurch Call

Given the potential ramifications for civil society, journalists, technology platforms, and global users, it is essential that the Christchurch Call is conducted in an open and inclusive manner. Substantively, GNI members underscore the importance of framing the call in international human rights language.

GNI Welcomes LIBE Committee Amendments, Calls for Further Changes to the Proposed European Regulation on Preventing the Dissemination of Terrorist Content Online

Retaining amendments from the LIBE Committee, including the removal of problematic provisions on extra-legal referrals and proactive measures, is essential for human rights. But GNI remains concerned over one-hour timelines for removal and the role of non-judicial authorities in determining the legality of content.

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