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.
Content Regulation and Human Rights: Report on a GNI Multistakeholder Roundtable on the Digital Services Act
On June 4, 2020, GNI hosted a multistakeholder roundtable discussion to examine key provisions of the anticipated European Union Digital Services Act through the lens of international human rights law. Held under Chatham House Rule, the online event was attended by nearly 70 guests, including EU policymakers and experts from academia, civil society, and ICT companies. Read more in the event report.
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.
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 […]
The risks of government-mandated network disruptions for human rights, media freedom, economic activity and development, and security are more acute during the ongoing pandemic. To lessen the negative impacts of the novel coronavirus, ensure the public’s access to information, and facilitate the development and application of new, constructive, and inclusive solutions, it is important to understand how government-mandated network disruptions intentional degradation of access can undermine these goals.
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.
“The GNI Company Assessment Process: Accountability Based on Trust” by Adam Kanzer, BNP Paribas Asset Management
"The 2018/19 assessment report demonstrates that this is an iterative process - an experiment in accountability that continues to evolve." GNI Board Member Adam Kanzer reflects on the 2018/19 cycle of independent company assessments for the GNI blog.
“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.
With over 100 individuals from GNI members in attendance, the calls discussed the opportunities and risks of using ICT company data to respond to the pandemic, as well as the impact of different government measures on the flow of important health information.