New Report! Life Interrupted: Centering the Social Impacts of Network Disruptions in Advocacy in Africa

Authored by Tomiwa Ilori of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, the report surveys experts and practitioners from eleven countries in Africa where the Internet was disrupted for 1144 days total between 2011 and 2020.

GNI Statement of Concern on Proposed Cybersecurity Law in Myanmar

Given the severe social, economic, and human rights consequences that the draft cybersecurity law is likely to have on both users and companies inside the country, GNI calls on the Myanmar military to withdraw and reconsider the law.

Concerns About Network Disruptions and Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Myanmar

We call on government authorities in Myanmar to immediately restore full network connectivity, reverse orders blocking social media sites, and refrain from issuing further orders or putting pressure on internet and telecommunications companies that contravene the country’s international human rights law commitments, including the freedom of opinion and expression and privacy.

2021-03-19T16:04:35+00:00February 9, 2021|Categories: feature, intermediary liability, network disruptions|Tags: , , |

Statement: Internet Shutdowns in Uganda Erode Citizens’ Enjoyment of Basic Human Rights

After the Internet was shut down ahead of the Jan 14 general elections in Uganda, ongoing disruptions targeting digital communications platforms continue, proving detrimental to information access and daily livelihoods, in addition to social, economic, educational, and political engagement. We encourage the government to restore access immediately.

2021-02-18T18:22:44+00:00February 5, 2021|Categories: feature, issues highlight, network disruptions|Tags: , |

GNI Letter to UN Special Rapporteur Irene Khan: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Myanmar

In a letter to UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan, GNI raises concerns about ongoing restrictions on digital communications in Myanmar, including network disruptions, website blocking, and efforts by governmental actors to manipulate social media platforms.

Op-Ed: Five Ways Telecommunications Companies Can Fight Internet Shutdowns

Digital rights advocates have sometimes seen companies as adversaries when they cooperate with orders to limit or shut off services. But new research demonstrates a set of practical steps companies caught between these competing pressures can take to uphold their responsibilities and work together with advocates to discourage government disruption orders.

2020-08-26T16:57:25+00:00August 26, 2020|Categories: feature, network disruptions, op-eds|

GNI Statement on Network Disruptions in the Pandemic Context

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.

2020-05-03T16:48:37+00:00May 3, 2020|Categories: feature, Issues, issues highlight, media releases, network disruptions|Tags: |

GNI Hosts Learning Calls on COVID-19 and Freedom of Expression and Privacy

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 Statement on Ongoing Information and Communications Disruptions in India

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.

2020-04-14T15:45:35+00:00December 24, 2019|Categories: feature, issues highlight, media releases, network disruptions|Tags: , |

Enhancing Understanding of Legal Trends Impacting Freedom of Expression and Privacy in the ICT Sector

The new and improved GNI Country Legal Frameworks Resource (CLFR) is Live! The CLFR centralizes and facilitates search and comparison across a repository of more than 50 country-specific reports on governments' authorities to access user data or restrict communications.

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