GNI statement on Türkiye’s continued push to regulate digital content and pressure intermediaries

GNI expresses deep concern about new laws targeting social media and private messaging services in Türkiye, adding to significant pressure on ICT intermediaries in the country at a sensitive political moment. We call on Turkish authorities to reconsider these amendments and allow greater debate and deliberation on its broader legal framework for content regulation.

2023-01-25T16:10:53+00:00January 24, 2023|Categories: feature, intermediary liability, Issues, legal frameworks, media releases|Tags: , |

GNI Submission on the Draft Indian Telecommunications Bill, 2022

On September 21, 2022, the Ministry of Communications in India released the Draft Indian Telecom Bill, 2022 (“Draft Bill”). The Draft Bill followed a previous consultation paper from the Department of Telecommunications outlining the “Need for a new legal framework governing Telecommunication in […]

2022-11-14T10:13:27+00:00November 14, 2022|Categories: feature, Issues, media releases|Tags: , , |

GNI Submits Analysis on Industry Codes Pursuant to Australia

In our submission, we emphasize that international human rights law should always be at the center of company and government decisions related to freedom of expression, including during times of conflict. In particular, regulators should limit and clarify circumstances where proactive detection of harmful content is required.

2022-10-04T13:21:23+00:00October 4, 2022|Categories: feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight|Tags: , , |

GNI Condemns Protest Violence, Internet Restrictions in Iran

GNI condemns the Iranian government’s apparent efforts to stifle freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, including through disruption of information and communication technologies. We call on the government to lift restrictions and censorship measures in online and offline spaces.

2022-10-03T21:10:48+00:00October 3, 2022|Categories: feature, Issues, issues highlight, network disruptions|Tags: , , , |

GNI Statement: E.U. Sanctions on Russian Broadcasters

GNI issued a statement outlining a series of concerns regarding the impacts of the EU's sanctions on Russian broadcasters on freedom of expression. GNI recognizes the legitimate concerns about the Russian government's efforts to spread disinformation and propaganda regarding its unwarranted invasion of Ukraine, and the EU's right to respond to these threats. In sharing and publishing this statement, GNI seeks to highlight where the EU's current approach can be amended to ensure harms to freedom of expression are mitigated. 

GNI Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Armed Conflict

In our submission, we emphasize that international human rights law should always be at the center of company and government decisions related to freedom of expression, including during times of conflict.

The Global Network Initiative Welcomes the “Declaration for the Future of the Internet”

GNI welcomes the recent Declaration for the Future of the Internet, in particular the centrality of human rights and the emphasis placed on multistakeholder approaches. As a multistakeholder organization that has been working for over a dozen years to protect digital rights, GNI looks forward to continuing to engage with signatories and stakeholders, and will work to hold signatory nations to the principles laid out in this Declaration. Read more for the full statement.

GNI Statement: Proposed Amendments to Address “Cyberbullying” in Kazakhstan Likely to Further Restrict Speech and Privacy Online

GNI expresses concern about proposed amendments to Kazakhstan’s Law on Informatization. While the amendments’ stated goal is to reduce cyberbullying, it appears they will impose significant risks for freedom of expression and privacy in Kazakhstan and undermine this goal. The amendments could impose monitoring obligations on a wide range of ICT companies, increase the government’s authority to order content restrictions, and threaten shutdown of access to services that fail to comply. Read more for the full statement.

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