GNI is excited to announce a transition in organizational leadership. With Judith Licthenberg moving on from GNI, the board has unanimously appointed Jason Pielemeier as its new Executive Director.
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.
GNI Statement on Protecting and Respecting Freedom of Expression and Privacy in the Context of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
GNI joins the broader global community in expressing shock, opprobrium, and deep dismay about the unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine. In addition to the physical attacks being perpetrated against Ukraine, the Russian government has taken active steps to undermine and restrict access to accurate information in Ukraine and Russia, as well as spreading disinformation and propaganda. GNI condemns all violations of the rights to freedom of expression unequivocally. Read more in our full statement.
The broadened scope and expanded penalties for critical speech in the Amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act follow previous concerns GNI has raised about rushed processes for content regulation and undue restrictions on intermediaries providing services in Pakistan.
GNI welcomes JustPeace Labs as a member of the GNI civil society constituency.
There is broad agreement that more transparency and collaboration around company and government data use is needed. We seek an experienced consultant to serve as a project lead for a new initiative working to better align existing efforts to address these concerns and to help bridge barriers to "meaningful transparency."
GNI is thrilled to announce that upon completion of their 12-month observer period, Cloudflare is now a GNI company member.
GNI is thrilled to announce that Verizon Communications (Verizon) has joined the GNI, becoming the first U.S.-based telecommunication company to do so. Verizon is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services.
GNI welcomes Threefold Sustainability Advisory Services and Venable LLP to join the pool of reaccredited assessors for the upcoming 2021/2022 assessment cycle.