Today, February 11, 2018, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomed Leslie Harris of Georgetown University in her independent capacity as the newest member of the GNI Academic Constituency.

Ms. Harris is an adjust professor in the Georgetown University Master’s degree program in Communications, Culture and Technology, where she teaches ICT law and policy and global Internet freedom.

“Leslie’s renowned expertise on issues at the intersection of human rights and technology, and proven aptitude in building collaborative efforts, like GNI, to address these issues, are tremendous assets for GNI moving forward,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.

Since the Internet’s infancy, Ms. Harris has played a central role on issues pertaining to Internet freedom and human rights, serving in prominent roles as a lawyer, public policy expert, lecturer and strategist. She was previously president of the Center for Democracy and Technology from 2005 to 2014, where she helped facilitate the multi-year process of discussions that led to GNI’s formation and served as a founding board member in the GNI NGO Constituency.

“I am honored and excited to return to GNI as a member of the Academic Constituency. The challenges facing companies in the ICT sector to meet their human rights obligations with respect to privacy and free expression have grown more complex, and GNI’s unique voice and collaborative approach are all the more important,” Ms. Harris said.

Read more about Ms. Harris here.