The Global Network Initiative today released its 2013 Annual Report, charting

the initiative’s progress protecting free expression and privacy in the ICT sector.


The report describes GNI’s response to ongoing government surveillance revelations, and its progress engaging the telecommunications sector on privacy and freedom of expression. The report also includes a summary report of the assessments of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. The full assessment report, released in January 2014, is available here.

The report also describes GNI’s second Board of Directors, appointed in March 2014. New members of the GNI Board include Independent Chair Mark Stephens, Christine Chen from Google, Pablo Chavez from LinkedIn, Nuala O’Connor from CDT, Sara Nordbrand from the Church of Sweden, and Eduardo Bertoni from the University of Palermo School of Law, Argentina.

Recent additions to GNI’s membership include LinkedIn, Procera Networks, PEN American Center, Walden Asset Management, EIRIS Conflict Risk Network, and Professor Philip Howard.

Company members Evoca and Websense have ceased participation in GNI. Both companies are leaving due to independent business decisions. Evoca founder and CEO Murem Sharpe, who served on the GNI Board, observed, “Evoca is leaving GNI due to independent business reasons. While Evoca will no longer participate as a GNI company member, we will continue to uphold its principles on free expression and privacy in our operations.”