The Global Network Initiative (GNI) and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy (Industry Dialogue) are delighted to announce that Lisl Brunner has been appointed as the Facilitator for the Industry Dialogue.

Prior to joining GNI, Lisl spent five years as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  In her most recent post at the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, she monitored issues related to freedom of expression in Latin America and worked on projects to define Inter-American standards on freedom of expression and the Internet and to strengthen international mechanisms to protect journalists.

“Lisl brings in-depth human rights law expertise to this role at a time when telecommunications companies are in the global spotlight,” said GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan. “We look forward to working with her in our efforts to advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and communications technology sector.”

“We are pleased with the appointment of Lisl as Facilitator for the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy.” She will be focusing on helping the Industry Dialogue members exchange best practices relating to the implementation of our Guiding Principles and driving greater outreach with other telecommunications players as well as local and global stakeholders,” said Patrik Hiselius TeliaSonera and Current Chair of the Industry Dialogue.

Lisl has published several articles on human rights issues in the Americas and is a fluent Spanish speaker. She is Co-Chair of the New Professionals Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and a Corresponding Editor for its publication, International Legal Materials.  She holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.


GNI is a multistakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics, who have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. GNI provides resources for ICT companies to help them address difficult issues related to freedom of expression and privacy that they may face anywhere in the world. GNI has created a framework of principles and a confidential, collaborative approach to working through challenges of corporate responsibility in the ICT sector. 

The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue was formed in 2011 to jointly address freedom of expression and privacy risks within the sector. The Industry Dialogue Guiding Principles are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Companies participating in the Industry Dialogue are: