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The Global Network Initiative (GNI) was launched in 2008. Our mission is to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector by setting a global standard for responsible decision making and serving as a multistakeholder voice in the face of government restrictions and demands. GNI members include ICT companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), academics, academic institutions, and investors from around the world.


NEWS & MEDIA RELEASES (in chronological order)

GNI statement on Türkiye’s continued push to regulate digital content and pressure intermediaries

January 24, 2023|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, legal frameworks, media releases|

GNI expresses deep concern about new laws targeting social media and private messaging services in Türkiye, adding to significant pressure on ICT intermediaries in the country at a sensitive political moment. We call on Turkish authorities to reconsider these amendments and allow greater debate and deliberation on its broader legal framework for content regulation.

GNI’s Comments on UNESCO’s “Guidance for Regulating Digital Platforms”

January 20, 2023|feature, issues highlight, legal frameworks, media releases|

GNI shared procedural and substantive analysis on the draft guidance for regulation UNESCO shared ahead of the upcoming "Internet for Trust" global conference. GNI encourages UNESCO to slow down and scale back this initiative considerably in order to conduct the type of thorough, multistakeholder consultation that an effort of this import deserves, and which can lead to the kinds of durable, rights-enabling impacts that UNESCO envisions.

Request for Proposals: Research on Emerging Regulation on Corporate Human Rights Risk Assessment/Due Diligence

November 21, 2022|feature, media releases|

Overview The Global Network Initiative (GNI) was established in 2008, bringing together information and communication technology (ICT) companies, civil society organizations, academics, and investors working to enhance respect for freedom of expression and privacy in the face of government pressures, restrictions, and demands. GNI’s approach is reflected in the GNI [...]

GNI Submission on the Draft Indian Telecommunications Bill, 2022

November 14, 2022|feature, Issues, media releases|

On September 21, 2022, the Ministry of Communications in India released the Draft Indian Telecom Bill, 2022 (“Draft Bill”). The Draft Bill followed a previous consultation paper from the Department of Telecommunications outlining the “Need for a new legal framework governing Telecommunication in India,” with a call for input that [...]

GNI Job Opportunity: Senior Membership Learning Associate

November 13, 2022|feature, media releases|

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is an international multistakeholder group of Internet and telecommunications 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. The GNI seeks [...]

GNI Seeks Consultant For Multistakeholder Policy Engagement Project Evaluation

November 2, 2022|feature, media releases|

Overview GNI is seeking a consultant with significant experience in evaluating and reviewing human rights and advocacy programs for Civil Society Organizations especially those funded by US donors to undertake an independent evaluation of its five-year project, Sustaining Multi-stakeholder Networks for Internet Freedom (SuNI). Launched in 2018, originally as the [...]

Summary: GNI 2022 Annual Learning Forum “Taking Due Diligence Out of the Box”

October 25, 2022|events, feature, media releases|

PDF of summary here By Elizabeth Whatcott As human rights due diligence frameworks for the ICT sector proliferate around the globe, GNI convened its Annual Learning Forum on September 27, 2022 to share tools, resources, and expertise on due diligence for the ICT industry. Entitled “Taking Due Diligence Out of [...]

GNI And GPD Launch Guide to Support Civil Society Engagement With Tech Sector

October 18, 2022|events, feature, media releases|

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) and Global Partners Digital (GPD) have launched a new guide to support civil society organisations in engaging with the tech sector around issues affecting human rights. Engaging Tech Companies on Human Rights: A How-To Guide for Civil Society is structured in three parts: Part I identifies and explains the [...]

GNI Submits Analysis on Industry Codes Pursuant to Australia

October 4, 2022|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight|

In our submission, we emphasize that international human rights law should always be at the center of company and government decisions related to freedom of expression, including during times of conflict. In particular, regulators should limit and clarify circumstances where proactive detection of harmful content is required.