GFMD is an international network of around 200 members working across 70 countries to provide an international platform for journalism support and media development practitioners to interact with donors, governments, opinion leaders, and the wider public in order to advocate for media development as a primary pillar for social, economic, and political progress.
In 2018, GNI celebrated its tenth anniversary and took important steps to protect and promote freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology sector.
Don't miss two participatory sessions led by GNI staff and over fifty sessions hosted by GNI members in Tunis. A full roundup is available after the jump.
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.
The first GNI company headquartered in Asia, serving over 164 million users, LINE Corporation will engage in GNI policy and learning activities over a one-year observer period.
GNI Expresses Concern About the Freedom of Expression and Privacy Implications of Australia’s “Sharing of Violent Abhorrent Material” Bill
At a time when states around the world are considering various approaches to regulating Internet content, GNI is concerned that the government of Australia’s efforts to rush through the "Sharing of Violent Abhorrent Material" Bill could have significant negative impacts on freedom of expression and privacy for Internet users in Australia and beyond.
GNI has published the Assessment Toolkit, a common methodology to be used by all assessors drawing from the Global Reporting Initiative, UNGPs, and previous assessments. The GNI Board will review company assessments on a rolling basis across its first three meetings in 2019.
“We are pleased with our extended pool of 12 assessors. Identifying assessors with the optimal qualifications to successfully conduct assessments of member companies is essential to the credibility of GNI’s assessment process,” said Judith Lichtenberg, GNI Executive Director.
With exceptional experience advocating for rights-respecting Internet laws and policies, the participation of AfroLeadership, CIPESA, Derechos Digitales, Digital Empowerment Foundation, IPANDETEC, and SFLC.In creates new opportunities for GNI policy and learning activities.
A review of Europe’s Internet Referral Units shows the need for greater transparency, remedy, and accountability. The proposal in the draft EU terrorist content regulation to expand government take-down referrals to companies poses similar, if not greater, risks for users' freedom of expression and privacy.