The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is thrilled to announce that ARTICLE 19, AfroLeadership and UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center have joined GNI as members.

ARTICLE 19 is an international think–do organisation that propels the freedom of expression movement locally and globally to ensure all people realise the power of their voices.

“ARTICLE 19 has long been advocating for ICT companies to respect human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, privacy and due process. We also believe in multi-stakeholder initiatives where civil society, the technical community and companies work together to address challenges in this context,” said ARTICLE 19’s Chantal Joris. “We are looking forward to working with the GNI members and contributing to better and human rights-based policy design and implementation by the ICT sector.”

AfroLeadership is a pan-African non-governmental organisation that promotes sustainable development as the result of a balanced sharing of power between state actors and citizens, as representative democracy must be complemented by participatory democracy if people are to prevent the misuse of representation and actively harness the energy of citizens for good. Article 19 and AfroLeadership will be joining GNI’s civil society constituency.

The Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law conducts research on war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights.

“We are thrilled to join GNI’s membership to work together to protect free expression and the right to privacy around the globe,” said Betsy Popken, Co-Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, which is joining GNI’s academic constituency.

The addition of these three, wonderful organizations demonstrates the ongoing value provided by the unique and important multistakeholder space that GNI fosters,” said GNI Executive Director Jason Pielemeier. AfroLeadership’s strong engagement in Francophone Africa, Article 19 deep expertise on freedom of expression, and the University of California Berkeley Human Rights Center longstanding focus on transitional justice, will each help deepen and strengthen GNI’s ability to foster collaborative approaches to protecting digital rights.”