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.
GNI is looking for candidates who have strong organizational skills; an eye for detail; experience working in a fast-paced environment and on small teams; a desire for professional growth; and a demonstrated interest in human rights and/or technology policy.
“GNI welcomes DSP’s experience engaging with different actors to reduce harmful online content and promoting international human rights law,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.
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 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.