The DSA is expected to transform the regulatory environment for tech companies and have wide-reaching impacts beyond the EU. In our response to a European Commission consultation, GNI shares important considerations for protecting digital rights in three areas: 1) Safety and Responsibility; 2) Liability Regime; and 3) Governance and Enforcement.
Cloudflare is the first web-infrastructure and security company to join GNI as an observer. “We believe Cloudflare’s cybersecurity expertise will add great value to our diversity of perspectives on ICT and human rights,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.
LINE becomes the first Asian company to join other 14 leading information communications and technology companies and more than 50 academic, civil society and investor members globally in advocating GNI policy priorities to protect data privacy and freedom of expression.
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.