Media

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MEDIA CONTACT

Rocio Campos, Global Network Initiative Communications Manager
rcampos@globalnetworkinitiative.org
Phone: +1 202 793 3053

HOW TO DESCRIBE THE GLOBAL NETWORK INITIATIVE

Launched in 2008, the Global Network Initiative (www.globalnetworkinitiative.org) occupies a unique place in the global conversation about freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology Sector. The GNI’s multi-stakeholder approach works to bring together information and communications technology companies, civil society (including human rights and press freedom groups), academics and investors from around the world to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy, facilitate shared learning and collaborative problem solving, and promote coordinated advocacy. For a list of our network members, click here.

MEDIA RELEASES

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Digital Empowerment Foundation Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce that New Delhi-based Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) has joined GNI as a member of the civil society constituency.    GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg said, “With one of world’s largest, growing digital user bases, ongoing legal and policy discussions in India [...] April 20, 2018|feature, media release, New Members|

Disruptions of Social Media Platforms in Sri Lanka

The Global Network Initiative is closely monitoring reports that access to social media and messaging platforms in Sri Lanka has been widely disrupted. These disruptions follow religious rioting and related violence and the imposition of a state of emergency. GNI recognizes the government of Sri Lanka’s duty to protect public safety, but [...] March 8, 2018|feature, Issues, issues highlight, media release, network disruptions|

Apply for a Google Policy Fellowship at the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative seeks applications for the 2018 Google Policy Fellowship program. The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. March 5, 2018|media release|

GNI Welcomes Pakistan Court Decision on Network Disruptions

The Global Network Initiative welcomes Monday's decision by the Islamabad High Court declaring shutdowns of mobile networks on the pretext of security illegal throughout the country unless they are accompanied by a presidential proclamation of emergency. According to GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg, “The Decision by the High Court in Islamabad is an [...] February 28, 2018|feature, Issues, issues highlight, media release, network disruptions|
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Leslie Harris Joins GNI’s Academic Constituency

Today, February 11, 2017, 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 [...] February 12, 2018|media release, New Members|

GNI Condemns Network Disruptions Amidst Protests in Iran

The Global Network Initiative is deeply concerned about restrictions on internet and messaging services that occurred during recent nationwide protests in Iran. On December 31, 2017, Iranian authorities blocked access to the messaging service Telegram and photo-sharing service Instagram in order to “maintain peace,” according to reporting on Iranian state television. In [...] January 10, 2018|feature, Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Provides Input for UN Report on “Content Regulation in the Digital Age”

GNI Submission for SR Report on Content Regulation Today the Global Network Initiative submitted input to the UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, for his report on content regulation in the digital age. The report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in [...] December 20, 2017|intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|
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The Global Network Initiative Welcomes Ericsson as an Observer

Washington D.C./ Amsterdam / Stockholm — On December 10, 2017, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomed Ericsson as its newest observer company. Ericsson provides communications services, software, and infrastructure in over 180 countries worldwide. Ericsson brings to GNI’s international, multistakeholder collaboration on free expression and privacy a deep commitment to company human rights policies [...] December 10, 2017|media release, New Members|
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Civil Society Organizations from the Middle East and Latin America Join the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to welcome two new civil society organizations as members: Lebanon’s SMEX, and Derechos Digitales, which works to protect human rights online throughout Latin America. “The rising threats to free expression and privacy online are truly global in nature,” GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg said. “We are [...] November 20, 2017|media release, New Members|
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GNI Joins a Panel on Extremism and the Internet with UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd

At the New America Foundation on Thursday, November 9, GNI Policy Director Jason Pielemeier participated in “An Evening with the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, U.K. Home Secretary,” a panel discussion on the challenges around extremist groups’ continued use of online platforms and the role of the private sector in [...] November 14, 2017|intermediary liability, media release|

GNI to Promote Human Rights in new Partnership with the Council of Europe

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that it is joining with global technology firms and technology and telecommunications trade associations in a new partnership with the Council of Europe to promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. The statement from the Council of Europe is below. The following [...] November 8, 2017|media release|

Global Network Initiative Seeks a Communications Manager

Job title: Communications Manager Deadline for applications: November 21, 2017 Location: Washington DC Salary & Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience. GNI provides a benefits package that includes health care, dental coverage, paid vacation, sick days and parental leave. Working at the intersection of human rights, technology policy, and corporate social responsibility, GNI [...] November 1, 2017|media release|
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GNI Submits Comments to the European Commission’s Consultation on “Improving Cross-Border Access to Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters”

GNI Submission - EC Cross-Border Evidence Consultation On Friday, October 27, GNI submitted comments to the European Commission's consultation on "improving cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal matters," emphasizing the importance of rights-respecting legal procedures to the maintenance of the open, interoperable Internet. The Commission's consultation is part of [...] October 30, 2017|Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, Publication|

New Limits on US Government “Gag Orders” Will Advance the Rights of Global Technology Users

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes the decision by the United States Department of Justice to issue new guidelines that allow companies to be more transparent about government demands to access user data. If implemented, this binding guidance will be an important advancement for the rights of technology users around the world. By limiting the use [...] October 25, 2017|Issues, media release, surveillance|
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Global Partners Digital Joins GNI

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that Global Partners Digital (GPD) has joined our international multi-stakeholder initiative for free expression and privacy. A social purpose company dedicated to fostering a digital environment underpinned by human rights and democratic values, GPD works with a global community of stakeholders around the world [...] October 2, 2017|media release, New Members|
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GNI Welcomes Three New Academic and Civil Society Members

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce the newest three members of our multi-stakeholder collaboration. Paradigm Initiative In August, Paradigm Initiative, a digital rights NGO headquartered in Lagos, joined GNI as its first-ever member organization from Africa. “Paradigm Initiative leads digital rights advocacy efforts in Nigeria and elsewhere [...] August 24, 2017|media release, New Members|

Global Network Initiative Releases 2016 Annual Report

The Global Network Initiative today released its Annual Report for 2016. “2016 saw the risks for global freedom of expression and privacy rights ratchet up – with a proliferation of government efforts to regulate online extremist content, and an unprecedented spike in government-ordered disruptions to internet and network services,” said [...] August 7, 2017|media release|

GNI Welcomes Policy Director Jason Pielemeier

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that Jason Pielemeier has joined the organization as Policy Director, as of August 1. Jason will be responsible for working with GNI's diverse members to develop and articulate GNI's policy positions, and engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders to enhance protections [...] August 2, 2017|media release|

GNI Statement on the Global De-listing Case Referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union

The Global Network Initiative notes the decision by the French courts to refer the global internet search de-listing case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. " This important case raises complex issues related to internationally protected rights to freedom of expression and privacy, and the ability of governments [...] July 20, 2017|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|

The Consequences of Network Shutdowns and Service Disruptions: A One-page Guide for Policymakers

The Global Network Initiative today launched “Weighing the Impact of Network Shutdowns and Service Restrictions — Considerations for Policymakers,” a one-page guide aimed at governments who may consider mandating disruptions of communications networks services and online platforms. The one-page guide is available in Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Portuguese, [...] July 18, 2017|Issues, media release, network disruptions, Publication|

Telia Company Releases Human Rights Impact Assessment Reports on their Operations in Sweden and Lithuania

GNI member Telia Company released detailed human rights impact assessment (HRIA) reports on their operations in Sweden and Lithuania. Telia Company, headquartered in Stockholm, commissioned the reports from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), an independent nonprofit business network and consultancy dedicated to sustainability. BSR’s reports outline the company’s due diligence efforts on [...] July 12, 2017|media release|

GNI Co-Hosts Network Disruptions Learning Call with Freedom Online Coalition and Access Now

On 27 June, the Global Network Initiative Now co-hosted a learning call on government-sponsored intentional network disruptions alongside the Freedom Online Coalition and AccessNow. GNI sought feedback on our one-page brief, “Weighing the Impact of Network Shutdowns and Service Restrictions,” to be launched next week. We hope this tool will assist [...] July 7, 2017|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

2017 GNI Annual Public Learning Forum, June 21 in Washington, D.C.

GNI Annual Public Learning Forum Internet Freedom and the New Era of Censorship and Surveillance June 21, 2017. 1pm–6.30pm | Google 25 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC Register Here Livestream Available In 2017, threats to freedom of expression and privacy online are escalating around the world. Democratic and authoritarian governments alike [...] June 13, 2017|events, media release|

GNI Welcomes UN Expert’s Report on Free Expression and the Digital Access Industry

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the 2017 report to the UN Human Rights Council presented by UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye. The report is a timely warning on the escalating threats to digital expression and Internet freedom, including increasing pressures on private actors to [...] June 13, 2017|Issues, media release, network disruptions, surveillance|
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GNI Welcomes the Open Technology Institute at New America as a New Member

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that the Open Technology Institute at New America has become the newest member of our multi-stakeholder freedom of expression and privacy platform. From today, OTI will join our civil society constituency, working alongside a diverse group of international and regionally-based internet and [...] June 13, 2017|media release, New Members|

GNI Seeks New Organizations to Become Accredited Independent Assessors

GNI Independence and Competency Criteria for Assessors From May 24, 2017, until June 14, 2017, the Global Network Initiative is accepting applications from organizations interested in becoming accredited assessors in support of the GNI Independent Company Assessments. The work of the GNI is based on a set of Principles on [...] May 24, 2017|media release|
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Global Network Initiative Welcomes BT as an Observer

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce that BT plc has joined GNI as an observer. Observer status will allow the United Kingdom-based global telecommunications company to engage directly on freedom of expression and privacy issues at part of GNI’s multi-stakeholder platform, which brings together internet, telecommunications and [...] May 16, 2017|media release, New Members|

Proposed German Legislation Threatens Free Expression Around the World

April 20, 2017 – AMSTERDAM/BRUSSELS/LONDON/WASHINGTON DC – The Global Network Initiative is deeply concerned by the “Draft Law to Improve Law Enforcement in Social Networks” (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz) approved by the German cabinet on April 5. GNI is mindful of the complex challenges that governments and companies face when dealing with controversial [...] April 20, 2017|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

GNI Welcomes Freedom Online Coalition Joint Statement on State-Sponsored Network Disruptions

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the Joint Statement and accompanying Good Practices for Governments on State-Sponsored Network Disruptions issued by the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC). In its statement, the partnership of 30 governments working to advance internet freedom “expresses deep concern over the growing trend of intentional state-sponsored disruptions of access to or dissemination of information online.” The statement [...] April 5, 2017|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Welcomes Freedom Online Coalition Joint Statement on State-Sponsored Network Disruptions

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the Joint Statement and accompanying Good Practices for Governments on State-Sponsored Network Disruptions issued by the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC). In its statement, the partnership of 30 governments working to advance internet freedom “expresses deep concern over the growing trend of intentional state-sponsored disruptions of access to or dissemination of information online.” The [...] April 5, 2017|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

Global Network Initiative Adds Seven Companies in Milestone Expansion of Freedom of Expression and Privacy Initiative

Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, Telia Company and Vodafone Group join with GNI’s five global internet company members – Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo – and with more than 35 human rights and press freedom groups, academics and investor members in this unique collaboration to strengthen protections for global digital rights. March 27, 2017|feature, media release|

GNI Companies Again Top Ranking Digital Rights 2017 Corporate Accountability Index

"When companies work together with stakeholders to implement human rights commitments, it makes a difference. GNI and TID companies performed better than all other companies evaluated in the Index on indicators measuring the extent to which companies have institutionalized their corporate-level commitments to freedom of expression and privacy,” said Ranking Digital Rights Director Rebecca MacKinnon. March 23, 2017|media release|

GNI Publishes Updates to the Core Commitments of our Membership

In accordance with GNI’s Governance Charter, and following extensive deliberations and consultations, GNI is pleased to publish updates we have made to the GNI Principles for Freedom of Expression and Privacy and the Implementation Guidelines. March 20, 2017|media release|

GNI Concerned About Restrictions on Internet Access in Cameroon

“The shutdown in Cameroon appears to be calculated to target political speech,” said Mark Stephens, CBE., Independent Board Chair. January 24, 2017|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Urges the Democratic Republic of Congo to Refrain from Blocking Social Media

GNI is deeply concerned by the government's statutory order that telecommunications operators block social media beginning Monday, December 19, when President Joseph Kabila’s second term of office ends. December 16, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Expresses Concern About Ongoing blocking of Facebook in Nauru

“The Government of Nauru should restore access to Facebook and commit to ensuring internet connectivity for all their citizens consistent with international human rights norms.” December 13, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Workshop at 2016 IGF: Inclusive Responses to Intentional Internet Disruptions

The workshop used breakout groups to facilitate detailed discussions of three topics pertaining to shutdowns: connections to elections and moments of political importance, economic impacts, and technical considerations. | December 10, 2016 | Network Shutdowns | December 10, 2016|events, Issues, media release, network disruptions|
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GNI Hosts 2016 Learning Forum at Georgetown University

GNI launched a new policy brief, "Extremist Content and the ICT Sector," and convened discussions on the imposition of government restrictions beyond borders. | December 2, 2016 |  Right to Be Forgotten | December 2, 2016|events, media release|
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Responding to Online Extremism Without Harming Free Speech and Privacy

Tech companies and human rights experts offer collective recommendations to address online content that is allegedly extremist in nature. November 30, 2016|intermediary liability, Issues, media release, Publication, reports|
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GNI to Launch Policy Brief on Extremist Content and the ICT Sector at Annual Learning Forum

The GNI 2016 Learning Forum will be held at Georgetown University on November 30. November 29, 2016|events, media release|
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GNI Provides Input to UN Special Rapporteur’s Study on Telcos and the Internet Access Sector

As companies respond to government requests that can impact freedom of expression and privacy, the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines can steer the ICT sector. Read more for the full submission. November 18, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions, Publication, surveillance|

LinkedIn Blocked in Russia

The Global Network Initiative is deeply concerned that LinkedIn has been blocked in Russia. The blocking order from the Russian regulator was put into effect today. November 11, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

Disruptions of Social Media Platforms in Turkey

The Global Network Initiative is closely monitoring reports that access to social media platforms in Turkey is being widely disrupted. These latest restrictions come after reports last week of a complete Internet shutdown in the southeast of the country, and follow a series of other disruptions to communications services over [...] November 7, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

​New Report Reveals the Economic Costs of Internet Shutdowns

Governments who disrupt the Internet could be shaving off 1.9 percent of their daily GDP. Read more for the full report. October 27, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions, reports|

GNI Joins Brookings Panel on The Economic Cost of Internet Shutdowns

GNI Director of Communications Kath Cummins called on governments to recognize the challenges shutdowns pose for economic development, rather than viewing shutdowns solely through a security lens. October 7, 2016|events, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Concerned by Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia

GNI is concerned by reports showing the Ethiopian Government blocked Internet access amid escalating anti-government protests. October 6, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

Once Again, Brazilian Judge Orders WhatsApp Block

The Global Network Initiative is alarmed by yet another order by a Brazilian judge to block the WhatsApp messaging service across the entire country. July 19, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Joint Statement on Network and Service Shutdowns

The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue are deeply concerned by the increasing number of government orders to shut down or restrict access to communication networks and related services around the world. July 12, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

The Global Network Initiative Releases Public Report on the 2015/16 Independent Assessments of Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo

GNI has released new recommendations for governments and tech companies to protect user rights when they address content alleged to be extremist or terrorist. July 7, 2016|media release, reports|

GNI Joins Coalition Opposing Proposal to Bar Privacy and Civil Liberties Board From Considering the Rights of Non-U.S. Persons

The coalition, which consisted of civil society groups, companies, and trade associations, urges the U.S. Senate to oppose a provision in the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2017 (Act, S. 3017). Read more for the full letter. June 24, 2016|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Welcomes Appeal to the Global Reach of “The Right to be Forgotten”

The GNI is concerned that the French data protection authority ruling sets a disturbing precedent for the cause of an open and free Internet. May 19, 2016|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|

Global Network Initiative Concerned by the Shutdown of WhatsApp in Brazil

The GNI continues to urge the Brazilian government to adhere to international human rights standards on free expression and privacy and to refrain from blocking access to communications platforms. May 2, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions, surveillance|

GNI Hosts UK Parliament Event on Cross-Border Data Law Enforcement Requests

Speakers highlighted the problematic extraterritorial provisions of the UK Investigatory Powers Bill and the opportunity to build a human rights-respecting international framework for data sharing. April 22, 2016|events, Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|

Global Network Initiative at 2016 RightsCon Silicon Valley

Panel topics include combatting terrorism online, intermediary liability, online hate speech, and human rights based approaches to cybersecurity. March 28, 2016|events, media release|

GNI Concerned About Internet Slowdowns After Ankara Tragedy

GNI calls on the Turkish government to respect their international human rights commitments. March 15, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Expresses Concern Over the Arrest of a Facebook Executive in Brazil

Local staff working in many countries may be increasingly targeted for arrest or intimidation in cases where they are involved in the provision of encrypted services. March 8, 2016|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, network disruptions, surveillance|

GNI Briefs the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Internet Freedom

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, GNI Director of Policy and Learning Lisl Brunner presented to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) at a briefing titled “Internet Freedom in the Age of Dictators and Terrorists.” March 4, 2016|events, intermediary liability, Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, network disruptions, surveillance|

GNI Condemns Election Day Shutdowns of Social Media in Uganda

The GNI is alarmed by reports that the government of Uganda has ordered mobile operators to block access to social media platforms and mobile money services during its presidential election. February 18, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI and ASIL to Host Closed Roundtable on Extremist Content and the ICT Sector

On Wednesday, February 17, participants from U.S. government agencies, civil society groups, academia and ICT companies will join the discussion. February 16, 2016|events, intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Join Forces to Advance Freedom of Expression and Privacy

From February 1st, Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone Group will have official observer status within the GNI. February 1, 2016|media release|

Shutdowns and Intimidation Ahead of the 5th Anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising

The Global Network Initiative is concerned about the shutdown of communications platforms, and the intimidation of citizens and journalists for using social media. January 24, 2016|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI adds its Voice to the #SecureTheInternet Campaign in Support of Encryption

Encryption and anonymity are foundations for freedom of expression and privacy around the world. January 11, 2016|Issues, media release, surveillance|

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Twitter Submit Written Evidence on the UK Investigatory Powers Bill

"Governments have a responsibility to protect people and their privacy. We believe a legal framework can protect both.” Read more to find the full submission. January 11, 2016|Issues, media release, surveillance|
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GNI Submits Written Evidence to the UK Joint Committee Scrutinizing the Investigatory Powers Bill

The UK has an opportunity to lead on a global framework for data based on transparency and the rule of law. Read more to find the full GNI submission. January 8, 2016|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, Publication, surveillance|

The Global Network Initiative Urges Pakistan to Review Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill

The Global Network Initiative is concerned that Pakistan’s Cybercrime Bill will usher in a new era of unprecedented restriction on the free flow of information for its citizens. December 22, 2015|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, surveillance|

The Global Network Initiative Urges Kazakhstan to Respect the Security of Digital Communications

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is troubled by a provision in the new communications law of Kazakhstan which would require all Internet users to install a “national security certificate” on their devices. The certificate would permit government authorities to access all Internet traffic, regardless of whether encryption technology is used. Governments should support strong encryption, and rather than compromising digital security, they should use legal process to make requests of companies who encrypt and store their users’ data. December 21, 2015|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, surveillance|

The GNI Expresses Concern over Suspension of Messaging Service in Brazil

A Brazilian court’s decision instituted a nationwide blocking of the WhatsApp messaging service on December 17. The GNI urges the Brazilian government to adhere to international human rights standards on free expression and privacy and to refrain from blocking access to communications platforms. December 18, 2015|Issues, media release, network disruptions, surveillance|

GNI & Stanford CIS Host Privacy, Security and Freedom of Expression Learning Day at Stanford University on December 2nd

Along with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, GNI explored topical subjects in privacy and digital free expression. Our four panel sessions covered extremist content on the web, reform of the legal frameworks for cross-border data exchanges, the first-ever Ranking Digital Rights Report by Rebecca Mackinnon, and the impacts of the EU Court of Justice Ruling that declared the Safe Harbour Agreement Invalid. December 2, 2015|events, media release|

Internships with the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) seeks energetic and engaged interns for the academic semester and summer in its Washington, DC office. Internships are open to graduate and undergraduate students in all majors. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. November 18, 2015|media release|

Facebook Reports a Surge in Government Requests for Data

In its latest transparency report, Facebook has reported an 18 percent increase in official requests for its users' data around the world. November 12, 2015|Issues, media release, surveillance|

Call to embrace GNI principles at 37th International Privacy Conference, Amsterdam

A report presented to the October 2015 Amsterdam Privacy Conference has called on telco and Internet companies facing surveillance by governments to adopt the Global Network Initiative’s international standards-based best practices for the ICT sector. November 4, 2015|events, Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI and CDT host closed roundtable session in London on regulating of extremist content online

The half-day session discussed the effectiveness of restricting content for countering extremism online, and what measures could be used mitigate the harm to privacy and free expression. October 30, 2015|events, intermediary liability, media release|

GNI Meets with UK officials to discuss new “Snoopers’ Charter” bill and mutual legal assistance reform

GNI met with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, and the Cabinet Office to express concerns about the impact the Investigatory Powers Bill will have internationally on privacy and free expression rights. October 28, 2015|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, surveillance|

Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, joins GNI Board

Jodie brings to GNI her experience with the think tank Demos, and her distinguished journalistic career, including as a long-time foreign correspondent and a former Reuters Bureau Chief in London. October 20, 2015|media release|

GNI announces support for the #SaveCrypto Campaign

"By backing strong encryption, the White House can send a global message in support of the privacy and freedom of expression of all internet users," said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg. October 7, 2015|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Welcomes K.S. Park as an Academic Member

K.S. is one of the founders of Open Net Korea, a forum for discussion and collaboration on ICT freedoms and human rights. September 30, 2015|media release|

Change.Org Gains Observer Status with the Global Network Initiative

"Change.org is a powerful global force for social good, and we look forward to what we can accomplish together,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg. September 30, 2015|media release|

U.N. Ambassador Power Calls for ICT Businesses to Join GNI

At the State Department Internet Freedom Technology Showcase held in New York on Sept 26, 2015, Ambassador Power urged internet companies "to embrace the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to join the Global Network Initiative." September 29, 2015|events, media release|

Free Speech and Privacy Win as Section 603 of Intelligence Authorization Act Dropped

GNI was among the 31 civil society groups that successfully spoke out against section 603, which would have created a sweeping requirement for internet companies to report on their users. September 22, 2015|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI address to the UN on regulating Extremist Content

On September 14, GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg addressed the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee. September 14, 2015|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

GNI speaks at UN meeting on how to stem flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters

"By backing strong encryption, the White House can send a global message in support of the privacy and freedom of expression of all internet users," said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg. August 20, 2015|events, intermediary liability, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|

GNI Joins Coalition Letter to Senate regarding Section 603 of Intelligence Authorization Act

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) joined human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations to convey its concerns with a provision in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (S. 1705) in a coalition letter to Senate. August 4, 2015|Issues, Letter, media release, surveillance|
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Extremist Content and the ICT Sector – Launching a GNI Policy Dialogue

GNI has published a short document setting out key questions and considerations to inform the debate on the role of ICT companies in removing alleged terrorist or extremist content online. July 1, 2015|intermediary liability, Issues, media release, Publication|
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GNI Presents 2014 Annual Report

GNI presents its 2014 Annual Report, which describes the initiative's work on behalf of freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector during the past year. June 22, 2015|annual report, media release|

Encryption and Human Rights Online

GNI welcomes the report to the Human Rights Council by David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression, on encryption, anonymity and digital communications. June 15, 2015|events, Issues, media release, surveillance|

Global Network Initiative Applauds Passage of USA FREEDOM Act

The Global Network Initiative applauds the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act, a critical first step toward reforming surveillance practices that will help to protect freedom of expression and privacy rights. June 3, 2015|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Welcomes 2015 Google Policy Fellow Tatevik Sargsyan

GNI is pleased to welcome Tatevik Sargsyan as its 2015 Google Policy Fellow. May 26, 2015|media release|

The Global Network Initiative Announces New Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg

GNI is pleased to announce that Judith Lichtenberg has been appointed as our new Executive Director. April 9, 2015|media release|

GNI Strategic Review: Outcomes and Next Steps

In 2014, GNI undertook a strategic review of the initiative’s progress toward creating a standard to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy across the ICT sector. April 7, 2015|media release|

GNI at RightsCon Southeast Asia

At RightsCon Southeast Asia, GNI participants showcased the initiative’s approach to free expression and privacy. April 1, 2015|events, media release|

GNI Joins Diverse Coalition to Call for Significant Surveillance Reforms

GNI has joined with a wide range of privacy and human rights advocates, technology companies, and trade associations to agree on key elements of U.S surveillance reform. March 25, 2015|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Welcomes Landmark Freedom of Expression Ruling by the Supreme Court of India

The Global Network Initiative applauds today's landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of India in support of freedom of expression. March 24, 2015|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

Apply for a Google Policy Fellowship at the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative seeks applications for the 2015 Google Policy Fellowship program. February 20, 2015|media release|

Azerbaijan: Drop Charges Against Emin Huseyn

GNI urges the Government of Azerbaijan to drop the criminal investigation of Emin Huseynov, director of GNI civil society member the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. February 18, 2015|media release|

Video: Data Beyond Borders Report Launch

Join us on January 28 for the launch of a new report commissioned by GNI to address the growing demand from law enforcement agents for access to data subject to another country’s jurisdiction. February 2, 2015|events, Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|

New GNI Report Offers Reforms to Manage Rising Number of International Law Enforcement Requests for User Data

A report released by GNI outlines key principles and specific reforms to drive a human rights-based approach to MLA reform for the twenty-first century. January 27, 2015|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, reports|

2014 Learning Forum on Transparency and Human Rights in the Digital Age – California

On November 6, 2014, GNI and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue held the first of two 2014 Joint Learning Forum events in Sunnyvale, California. December 10, 2014|events, Issues, media release, surveillance|

2014 Learning Forum on Transparency and Human Rights in the Digital Age – Geneva

On December 1, 2014, the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue and GNI held the second of their two Joint Learning Forums for the year 2014. December 9, 2014|events, Issues, media release, surveillance|

Deloitte Becomes Accredited GNI Assessor

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that Deloitte Statsautoriseret Revisionspartnerselskab, the Denmark member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, has become an accredited GNI assessor. November 21, 2014|media release|

GNI Seeks New Organizations to Become Accredited Independent Assessors

Applications will be accepted from November 21, 2014 until January 9, 2015 from organizations interested in becoming accredited assessors for the Global Network Initiative. November 21, 2014|media release|
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Getting Specific About Transparency, Privacy, and Free Expression Online

Amid the contentious global debates about privacy and surveillance since the Snowden revelations, few proposed reforms have attracted more consensus than calls for greater transparency. November 5, 2014|Issues, media release, op-eds, surveillance|
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GNI Responds to GCHQ in the Financial Times

In reaction to the Financial Times op-ed by Richard Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, GNI Board Chair Mark Stephens wrote this letter to the editor, "Need to intrude must be demonstrated, not merely asserted" published November 5. November 5, 2014|Issues, media release, op-eds, surveillance|

2014 Learning Forums in California and Geneva

The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy present 2014 learning forums on Transparency and Human Rights in the Digital Age in Mountain View, California and Geneva, Switzerland. October 31, 2014|events, media release|

GNI Joins Coalition Letter on Surveillance Reform

The Global Network Initiative joined a coalition letter signed by members of Congress, former government officials, civil society organizations and companies to urge the Obama Administration to reform surveillance practices under Executive Order 12333. September 30, 2014|Issues, Letter, media release, surveillance|

The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Joins GNI

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to welcome its newest member, the Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University Stern School of Business. September 25, 2014|media release|

GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan to Step Down at End of Year

“With her unique combination of tact and tenacity, Susan has made invaluable contributions throughout her time at GNI,” said GNI Independent Chair Mark Stephens. August 15, 2014|media release|

Interactive Slideshow Explores Impact of India’s Internet Laws

The Global Network Initiative and the Internet and Mobile Association of India are working together to explain how India’s Internet and technology laws holding back economic innovation and freedom of expression. July 17, 2014|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

Open Letter to UK Prime Minister on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

We urge reconsideration of the fast-track timeline of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) Bill to provide adequate opportunity for Parliamentary scrutiny and public debate. July 14, 2014|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, Letter, media release, surveillance|

Op-Ed: Privacy Since Snowden

A year has passed since the American former intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden began revealing the massive scope of Internet surveillance by the US National Security Agency. June 18, 2014|Issues, media release, op-eds, surveillance|

Blocking Social Media Threatens Citizens’ Rights in Iraq

The Global Network Initiative is alarmed by the widespread blocking of websites and social media amid the crisis in Iraq. June 14, 2014|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Urges U.S. Senate to Lead on Surveillance Reform

GNI urges the U.S. Senate to address serious shortcomings in the version of the USA FREEDOM Act passed by the House. May 23, 2014|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Welcomes 2014 Google Policy Fellow James Losey

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to welcome our first Google Policy Fellow, James Losey. May 20, 2014|media release|

EU Court “Right to Be Forgotten” Ruling Threatens Freedom of Expression

GNU is deeply troubled by the risks to freedom of expression and access to information from the EU Right to Be Forgotten ruling. May 15, 2014|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|
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GNI Presents 2013 Annual Report

The Global Network Initiative today released its 2013 Annual Report, charting the initiative’s progress protecting free expression and privacy in the ICT sector. May 6, 2014|annual report, media release|

GNI Reaction to the Recommendations Adopted by the Freedom Online Coalition

GNI welcomes the adoption of a series of recommendations by the Freedom Online Coalition. April 29, 2014|Issues, media release, surveillance|

Russian Internet Legislation Threatens Online Rights

The Global Network Initiative urges Russian President Vladimir Putin to veto legislation that would restrict free expression and privacy rights online. April 25, 2014|intermediary liability, Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|
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GNI Submits Comments to UN on Privacy in the Digital Age

GNI provides input for the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on “The right to privacy in the digital age.” April 2, 2014|Issues, media release, Publication, Resources, surveillance|

Turkey: Stop Blocking Social Media

The Global Network Initiative urges Turkey to restore full access to Twitter and YouTube, and ensure access to communications and the free flow of information, particularly in advance of local elections on March 30. March 27, 2014|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

Report: Strengthening Protections for Online Platforms Could Add Billions to India’s GDP

The Global Network Initiative today released a report prepared by Copenhagen Economics, which found that online platforms that support user-generated content can become an important part of India’s Internet economy. March 25, 2014|intermediary liability, Issues, media release, reports|

LinkedIn Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with approximately 277 million members worldwide, is the latest company to join GNI. March 24, 2014|media release|

International Human Rights Advocate Mark Stephens, CBE Named as Global Network Initiative Board Chair

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) today announced the election of Mark Stephens as Independent Chair of its Board of Directors. March 20, 2014|media release|

Threats to Free Expression by Turkey and Russia

GNI is deeply concerned by Prime Minister Erdogon's threats to block Facebook and YouTube in Turkey, as well as reports that the Russian government is blocking webpages of Ukrainian dissidents and interfering with mobile networks in Crimea. March 10, 2014|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

Bulk Webcam Collection Neither Necessary Nor Proportionate

The Global Network Initiative is deeply alarmed by reports that the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, has intercepted millions of Yahoo! webcam images. February 28, 2014|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI at RightsCon in San Francisco, March 3-5

The Global Network Initiative will host a roundtable at RightsCon in San Francisco, entitled “Toward Accountability: Reflecting on ICT Industry Action To Protect User Rights.” on Tuesday March 4, 4-5pm. February 27, 2014|events, media release|

GNI Writes to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Privacy in the Digital Age

GNI Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - Feb 2014 The Global Network Initiative has written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of an expert seminar on the right to privacy in the digital age organized by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Brazil, Germany, Liechtenstein, Mexico, [...] February 24, 2014|Issues, Letter, media release, surveillance|

Turkish Internet Legislation Threatens Free Expression and Privacy Rights

Update: Turkey’s parliament passed the legislation on Wednesday February 5, 2014. GNI urges Turkish President Abdullah Gül to veto the bill. The Global Network Initiative is greatly concerned by legislation under consideration in Turkey that if passed, would loosen already troubling standards for blocking of online content and require Internet service providers (ISPs) to [...] January 22, 2014|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

Surveillance Reforms to Protect Rights and Restore Trust

The Global Network Initiative urges President Obama and the U.S. Congress to enact reforms to U.S. national security surveillance laws, policies and practices that would ensure a rights-based approach to national security and help to restore trust in the Internet for users around the world. Public debate and prospects for [...] January 14, 2014|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Report Finds Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Compliant with Free Expression and Privacy Principles

Report Executive Summary available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. WASHINGTON, DC—The Global Network Initiative today released a public report on the independent assessments of founding companies Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. The assessments looked at cases of government requests implicating the rights of Internet users, and found that each company is making a good faith effort to [...] January 8, 2014|feature, media release|

GNI Statement on Report of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies

GNI welcomes the public release of the report by the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, an important first step from the Obama administration toward communications surveillance reform. The report makes 46 recommendations that add momentum to the push for reform, including significant changes to the surveillance programs operated pursuant [...] December 19, 2013|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Welcomes Internet Company Principles on Global Government Surveillance Reform

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the principles on Global Government Surveillance Reform launched today by a group of technology companies including GNI member companies Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and observer company LinkedIn. The companies call for an end to bulk data collection of Internet communications, demand independent judicial review of surveillance requests, [...] December 9, 2013|Issues, media release, surveillance|

Event Recap: 2013 Learning Forum in Brussels

The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy 2013 Learning Forum Brussels, Belgium Event Summary On 13 November 2013, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue (ID) held their first joint Learning Forum, presenting an opportunity for information and communications technology (ICT) companies, [...] November 26, 2013|events, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, surveillance|

Civil Society Groups and Tech Companies Call for Surveillance Reform

The Global Network Initiative joined a broad coalition of civil society groups, trade associations, companies and investors, signing an open letter to Congressional leadership calling on Congress to reform U.S. intelligence surveillance practices. “Recent disclosures regarding intelligence surveillance activity raise important concerns about the privacy and security of communications. This surveillance has already [...] November 21, 2013|Issues, Letter, media release, surveillance|

Op-Ed: Tech Companies Should be Allowed to Disclose Government Requests

This piece by GNI Independent Chair Jermyn Brooks and Policy & Communications Director David Sullivan originally appeared at Guardian Sustainable Business: The disclosure of secret documents detailing massive government surveillance programs has triggered an outcry around the globe. The bulk collection of US call records and revelations about secret orders that [...] November 13, 2013|Issues, media release, op-eds, surveillance|

GNI Applauds Tech Company Letter on Surveillance Reforms

The Global Network Initiative applauds the letter sent by six technology companies—including GNI members Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!—to U.S. Senate leaders urging transparency and reforms to government surveillance practices that would include substantial enhancements to privacy protections and appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms for those programs. GNI believes that legislative reforms [...] November 1, 2013|Issues, media release, surveillance|
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New Technology Companies, Human Rights Groups, Investors, and Academics Join GNI

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce new companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics joining its collaborative approach to protecting freedom of expression and privacy. “As new companies commit to GNI’s principles on freedom of expression and privacy, and as new human rights groups, investors and academics join [...] October 8, 2013|media release, New Members|

GNI Writes to the 21 Governments in the Freedom Online Coalition

The Global Network Initiative has written to the 21 governments in the Freedom Online Coalition, asking them to report on the requests they make for electronic communications surveillance and to make it legally possible for companies to report regularly to the public on the government requests that they receive from [...] September 19, 2013|Issues, Letter, media release, surveillance|

Presidential and Congressional Steps on Communication Surveillance Programs

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the commitment by President Obama to work with Congress on the reform of section 215 of the Patriot Act and to increase transparency and oversight around communications surveillance programs in the United States. The Global Network Initiative is encouraged by the introduction of bills like [...] August 10, 2013|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Comments to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The Global Network Initiative submitted comments to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) regarding surveillance programs operated pursuant to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Worldwide concerns about U.S. surveillance practices seriously threaten the United States’ reputation as a champion of [...] August 7, 2013|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Responds to Bytes For All, Pakistan

GNI Letter to Bytes for All - July 2013 On July 30, 2013, GNI wrote to Pakistani human rights organization Bytes For All, formally responding to the open letter they sent to GNI on July 17, 2013. The text of GNI's response is below:   ----- Dear Shahzad, Subject: open letter in response to [...] July 30, 2013|Letter, media release|

New Report Calls for Transparency from Governments and Telecommunications Companies

Report Executive Summary available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. Washington, DC — The human rights obligations of telecommunications companies are in the global spotlight in the wake of recent reports about national security-related communications surveillance. Companies committed to respecting free expression and privacy rights should take this opportunity to work with governments to increase [...] July 24, 2013|intermediary liability, Issues, media release, network disruptions, reports, surveillance|

The Global Network Initiative Joins Internet Companies & Advocates to Demand More Transparency Around Government Surveillance

We Need to Know - Transparency Letter The Global Network Initiative has joined a coalition of technology companies and advocates for free speech and privacy rights to deliver a letter to the US government demanding greater transparency around national security-related surveillance of Internet and telephone communications. Organized by GNI member the Center for [...] July 18, 2013|Issues, Letter, media release, surveillance|

Lisl Brunner Appointed Facilitator for the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

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 [...] July 12, 2013|media release|

ThinkProgress: How To Bring More Transparency To U.S. Surveillance Programs

This piece by GNI Policy and Communications Director David Sullivan originally appeared on ThinkProgress: There is no shortage of divergent views about the once secret NSA surveillance programs former contractor Edward Snowden allegedly leaked. But there is one point on which even the fiercest critics and staunchest defenders of national security communications surveillance seem to [...] July 3, 2013|Issues, media release, op-eds, surveillance|

Transparency, National Security, and Protecting Rights Online

In light of recent events, the Global Network Initiative calls on the United States and other governments to increase the transparency, oversight, and accountability of laws, regulations, and actions concerning communications surveillance. GNI Principles and the rule of law  GNI’s Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy are rooted in international human [...] June 28, 2013|Issues, media release, surveillance|

GNI Statement on Communications Surveillance

Recent statements by U.S. government officials about communications surveillance programs highlight the need for thoughtful public debate on the appropriate balance between freedom of expression and privacy on the one hand, and legitimate law enforcement and national security precautions, on the other. This is not just about the United States. [...] June 12, 2013|Issues, media release, surveillance|

The Global Network Initiative Welcomes U.S. and Canadian Actions to Enable Access to Communications Technologies in Iran

The Global Network Initiative commends recent actions by the U.S. and Canadian governments to ensure that sanctions do not prevent Iranian citizens from using information and communication technologies to communicate securely. On May 30, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a new General License authorizing exports to Iran of certain services, software, and [...] June 4, 2013|Issues, media release|
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Video: GNI and the Telecom Industry Dialogue

Interview with Susan Morgan, Executive Director of the GNI and Patrik Hiselius, Chair of the Industry Dialogue and Senior Advisor, TeliaSonera, on the challenges and opportunities telecommunications are facing regarding freedom of expression and human rights. May 31, 2013|media release, Multimedia|
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Facebook Joins the Global Network Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC—The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that Facebook has become the sixth company to join GNI. “We welcome Facebook as a full member of GNI and look forward to working more closely with them to advance the freedom of expression and privacy rights of Internet users worldwide,” [...] May 22, 2013|media release, New Members|

GNI Launches Search for Successor to Jermyn Brooks as Independent Board Chair

At the April 16 meeting of the Global Network Initiative Board of Directors, Independent Chair Jermyn Brooks informed the Board of his intention to step down at the end of this year, consistent with his commitment to serve at least one year of his second two-year term. Jermyn has applied [...] May 20, 2013|media release|
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The Ethical Council, a Collaboration Between Funds in the Swedish National Pension System, Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative welcomes its newest investor member, the Ethical Council, a collaboration between four funds in the national Swedish pension system. “The Ethical Council is the first pension fund to join the growing group of investors in GNI supporting free expression and privacy rights in the technology sector,” said [...] May 17, 2013|media release, New Members|

GNI in Slate: Network Shutdowns Go Beyond Syria

This piece by GNI Policy and Communications Director David Sullivan originally appeared on Slate's Future Tense blog:  On May 7 at 3 p.m., for the second time in six months, Syria’s connection to the global Internet was severed. Web traffic in and out of Syria dropped to zero, according to several monitoring companies [...] May 10, 2013|Issues, media release, network disruptions, op-eds|
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Bolo Bhi Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that Bolo Bhi, a free expression organization based in Karachi, Pakistan, is joining GNI. An advocacy, policy, and research organization, Bolo Bhi worked together with GNI and a number of Pakistani and international organizations to help block the Government of Pakistan’s procurement of a [...] March 26, 2013|media release, New Members|
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The Nexa Center for Internet & Society Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative welcomes new participant the Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Turin’s Polytechnic University in Italy. “We’re pleased to welcome GNI’s first participant from Italy, “says GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan. “The Nexa Center is a critical source of interdisciplinary research, informed by expertise in technology, law, and [...] March 22, 2013|media release, New Members|

Key Telecommunications Players Collaborate with the Global Network Initiative on Freedom of Expression and Privacy Rights

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce a two-year collaboration with a group of eight global companies that belong to the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy. By working together, GNI and the Industry Dialogue aim to advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in [...] March 12, 2013|media release|
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Comments on European Commission Draft ICT Sector Guidance on Business and Human Rights

GNI Comments on EC Draft ICT Sector Guidance The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry project to develop guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the draft [...] February 14, 2013|media release, Publication, Resources|

The Open Internet After Dubai: Strengths and Vulnerabilities, Opportunities and Threats

This past week in Dubai, governments from around the world attempted to use an international telecommunications treaty to increase government control over the Internet in ways harmful to online free expression and privacy. Negotiations concluded with 89 governments signing the new treaty, and 55 governments indicating they would not sign or that [...] December 18, 2012|media release|
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The George Washington University Law School Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative welcomes its newest academic participant, the George Washington University Law School. “Based in Washington, GW Law has a global commitment to freedom of expression and privacy rights and we look forward to their participation in our growing network,” said GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan. GW Law [...] December 17, 2012|media release, New Members|
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GNI Hosts Online Debate on the UK Communications Data Bill

Susan Morgan hosts a Google Big Tent Hangout discussing the UK draft Communications Data Bill, featuring Lord Paul Strasburger, member of the Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee, and Jamie Bartlett from Demos. Read the GNI statement on the report of the UK Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill. December 17, 2012|Issues, media release, Resources, surveillance|

GNI Welcomes Report on UK Draft Communications Data Bill

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the report of the UK Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill and the Prime Minister’s commitment to rewrite the legislation. “The UK government has an important responsibility to protect the public, but the proposed bill does not strike the right balance with privacy rights,” says GNI [...] December 12, 2012|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, surveillance|

International Herald Tribune Op-Ed: “Hands Off the Internet!”

This op-ed by GNI Independent Chair Jermyn Brooks originally appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Global Edition of the New York Times, on December 6, 2012. 中文网 (Chinese) A chorus of human rights groups, diplomats, companies and technologists has achieved something remarkable. They are shining a media spotlight on the most [...] December 6, 2012|media release, op-eds|

Syrian Internet Shutdown

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is alarmed by the nationwide shutdown of the Internet, as well as reported communications network disruptions, in Syria. Data from Internet monitoring companies starkly shows the loss of international connectivity, as does traffic from Google’s Transparency Report. We urge the Syrian government to restore access. Information and communications technologies play an [...] November 29, 2012|Issues, media release, network disruptions|
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Jermyn Brooks: Business and Human Rights in the Digital Era

GNI Independent Chair Jermyn Brooks has authored a contribution to the Internet & Society Co:llaboratory Discussion Paper on Human Rights and Internet Governance. The article responds to a proposition by Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.  New technologies have played a catalytic role in support of democratic aspirations in the [...] November 21, 2012|media release, op-eds, Resources|

GNI Seeks Organizations to Become Accredited Assessors for its Independent Assessment Process

GNI Independence and Competency Criteria for Assessors Applications will be accepted from November 16 until December 11, 2012 from organizations interested in becoming an accredited assessor for the Global Network Initiative (GNI). The work of the GNI is based on a set of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy for the [...] November 16, 2012|media release|
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Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes its newest member, the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) based in Baku, Azerbaijan. IRFS is an Azerbaijani civil society organization dedicated to protecting the rights of journalists and media personnel in Azerbaijan, and to promoting freedom of expression and the rule of [...] November 5, 2012|media release, New Members|
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GNI Briefs the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Technology and Corporate Responsibility

GNI Statement to Helsinki Commission - 2012 On October 19, 2012, GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan presented to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) at a  briefing entitled "Online Safety under Repressive Regimes: What is the Responsibility of Technology Companies?" In her testimony, Morgan described the difference that [...] October 25, 2012|media release, Resources|

Event: The Communications Data Bill: ‘Snoopers’ charter’, or safeguarding our security?

Date: Thursday October 18, 10.30am – 12pm Venue: Free Word Centre, London Tickets: By invitation only. Please email eve@indexoncensorship.org to request a place. Index on Censorship and the Global Network Initiative will be hosting this on-the-record panel discussion considering the government’s planned legislation around our communications online. John Kampfner will chair a panel featuring [...] October 17, 2012|events, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, surveillance|
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GNI Responds to European Commission Consultations

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) has submitted comments to the European Commission on two recent consultations relevant to freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. Procedures for Notifying and Acting on Illegal Content Hosted by Online Intermediaries GNI Comments on EU Notice and Action GNI responded to the consultation on [...] October 10, 2012|intermediary liability, Issues, media release, Resources|
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Corporate Responsibility and Global Internet Governance

GNI Policy Brief - Corporate Responsibility & Internet Governance A Global Network Initiative Policy Brief1   This December in Dubai, world governments will gather to renegotiate a key treaty under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency that specializes in global telecommunications. The meeting, known as the [...] October 2, 2012|media release, Resources|

Collaborating on Controversial Content and Difficult Decisions

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) condemns the recent violence associated with protests around the world against an inflammatory film insulting to Islam. GNI’s Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy aim to guide responsible decisions by companies when facing requests or demands from governments. But private companies also make decisions about removing [...] September 25, 2012|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|
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GNI Comments on UK Draft Communications Data Bill

GNI Submission on UK Communications Data Bill - August 2012 The Global Network Initiative (GNI) submitted the following written evidence to the Joint Committee of Parliament currently considering the UK Government's proposed Draft Communications Data Bill (C8359). Our submission has been published on the Committee website alongside other submissions. Global Network Initiative Written [...] September 11, 2012|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release, Resources, surveillance|

GNI Principles available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that the three core documents that describe the Initiative’s objectives and the key commitments of the participants have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Russian. Translations of the GNI Principles, Implementation Guidelines, and Governance, Accountability, and Learning Framework are available in PDF format on our website. August 23, 2012|media release|

Ensure the Free Flow of Information in Tajikistan

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is concerned by the restrictions on the right to freedom of expression imposed by the Government of Tajikistan following violence in the region of Gorno-Badakhshan. Last week the government mandated the blocking of video-sharing website YouTube and reportedly shut down communications networks in Gorno-Badakhshan, severely [...] August 1, 2012|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

Russian Internet Legislation Merits Greater Scrutiny Before Passage

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is concerned that a legislative proposal under active consideration by the Russian Duma will curb freedom of expression online. The draft bill, Law 89417-6, which is due to have its second reading in the State Duma on July 11, would create a list of prohibited [...] July 10, 2012|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

GNI Welcomes UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Human Rights on the Internet

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet adopted on July 6, 2012. At a time of great debate regarding the role of governments, companies, and other stakeholders on Internet governance, it is important that a [...] July 6, 2012|media release|

The Multi-stakeholder Model of Internet Governance Needs to be Retained

The Global Network Initiative urges the retention of the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance as global policy forums create policy for the future. Several important decisions are to be made around Internet governance in the coming year. The roles of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Telecom Policy [...] June 22, 2012|media release|

Global Network Initiative 2012 Learning Forum

GNI's inaugural Learning Forum brought to Washington, D.C. an exciting lineup of international speakers on cutting-edge issues relating to freedom of expression and privacy rights online: Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online GNI presents a new report authored by Ian Brown of the Oxford Cyber Security [...] June 15, 2012|events, Issues, media release, surveillance|

New Report Outlines Recommendations for Governments, Companies and Others on How to Protect Free Expression and Privacy Rights Online

GNI Report - Digital Freedoms in International Law Governments, companies, and other stakeholders can collaborate to protect rights to freedom of expression and privacy online, according to the authors of “Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online” released today. The report, co-authored by Dr. Ian [...] June 14, 2012|Issues, media release, reports, surveillance|

Wall Street Journal Asia Op-Ed: “Thailand Stifles the Internet”

This op-ed by GNI Independent Chair Jermyn Brooks originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal Asia:  The Thai government bought one million tablet computers last month to distribute to students across the country. This ambitious "one tablet per child" policy, one of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's campaign promises, is the largest [...] June 7, 2012|intermediary liability, Issues, media release, op-eds|

GNI Statement on Thai Court Conviction

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is troubled by the conviction of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of the online forum Prachathai, under Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act for not moving quickly enough to remove content posted by users. Her conviction illustrates the serious harm that occurs when companies are held liable for content uploaded [...] May 31, 2012|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|
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Afilias Becomes the First European Company to Gain Observer Status with the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce that Afilias Limited, an Ireland-based global provider of registry services for top-level Internet domains, is the first European company to gain observer status with GNI. Afilias provide and operate back-end doman name registry services for Top-level-Domains, such as .info and .mobi, as [...] May 30, 2012|media release, New Members|

Global Network Initiative Concerned by Government of Vietnam’s Proposed Internet Decree

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is deeply concerned by the free speech and privacy implications of the Government of Vietnam’s Draft Decree on Internet Services, draft legislation which, if made into law, would oblige Internet companies and other providers of information to Internet users in Vietnam to cooperate with the [...] May 23, 2012|intermediary liability, Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|
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Facebook Gains Observer Status with the Global Network Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC — The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce that Facebook is the first company to gain observer status with GNI. Observer status is an opportunity for companies who are actively considering joining GNI to examine the initiative's programs as well as its principles on free expression and [...] May 3, 2012|media release, New Members|

Global Network Initiative Welcomes Action By United States and Europe on Human Rights and Technology

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) commends recent action by the U.S. government and Europe to press for accountability from Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies in relation to human rights abuses in Iran and Syria. This is particularly important as at the same time some Internet technologies empower citizens to [...] April 25, 2012|media release, surveillance|

Global Network Initiative Finds Progress by Technology Companies in Meeting Commitments on Free Expression and Privacy Rights

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) has completed the world’s first independent assessment of technology companies’ policies and procedures for responding to government requests affecting free speech and privacy.  The organization’s second annual report, released today, describes the assessment process undertaken by the founding GNI companies—Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!. GNI’s member companies [...] April 18, 2012|media release|

GNI to Release 2011 Annual Report at Stockholm Internet Forum

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to launch its 2011 Annual Report with a panel discussion side event at the Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development: From Responsibility to Accountability: A Progress Report from the Global Network Initiative Date: April 18, 2012 14:00 – 15:30 Information and [...] March 30, 2012|events, media release|

GNI Statement on the Global Online Freedom Act of 2011

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) supports the objective of legislation that would protect and advance rights to free expression and privacy online and provide increased transparency and accountability for information and communications technology (ICT) companies operating worldwide. GNI member companies have made a public commitment to undertake human rights due [...] March 28, 2012|Issues, media release|

The Global Network Initiative Encourages Companies Not to Respond to Pakistan’s Request for Proposals for an Internet Filtering and Blocking System

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) commends the companies that have made public commitments not to respond to the Government of Pakistan's request for proposals (RFP) to build and implement a new system for Internet blocking and filtering. GNI member Websense was the first company to say it would not respond to [...] March 12, 2012|media release|
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The Centre for Internet & Society Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce its newest member, the Centre for Internet & Society based in Bangalore, India. A technology policy research institute, CIS brings to GNI in-depth expertise on global Internet governance as well as online freedom of expression and privacy in India. “We are [...] March 8, 2012|media release, New Members|

First Independent Assessments of GNI Founding Companies Completed

The three founding Global Network Initiative (GNI) companies—Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!—have undergone the first independent assessments to determine how they are implementing their GNI commitments so far. This was the world's first independent assessment of corporate policies and procedures in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) industry to address freedom [...] March 6, 2012|media release|

GNI Statement on Pakistan’s Request for Proposals for an Internet Filtering and Blocking System

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is concerned with the Government of Pakistan’s request for proposals (RFP) to build and implement a new system for Internet filtering and blocking. The RFP specifies that the system be capable of blocking "undesirable" content on the scale of up to 50 million URLs. Given the Pakistani [...] March 1, 2012|media release|

GNI Statement on Protecting Intellectual Property and Upholding Free Expression and Innovation Online

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes the decision by Congressional leaders to postpone immediate consideration of proposed intellectual property legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives. GNI supports the goal of protecting intellectual property online, but we firmly believe that the approach used in the Stop Online Piracy Act [...] January 20, 2012|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media release|

GNI’s Submission to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

GNI Letter to UN WG on Business and Human Rights The Global Network Initiative submitted the following letter to the UN Working Group on business and human rights. Our submission and that of other stakeholders can also be viewed on their website. December 8, 2011 UN Working Group on Human Rights [...] January 12, 2012|Letter, media release|

GNI Welcomes International Support for Internet Freedom

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes the high-level international attention to Internet freedom at the Freedom Online ministerial conference in the Netherlands, and stands ready to engage with companies across the information and communications technology (ICT) sector at a time of increased scrutiny regarding how their practices affect internet freedom. We [...] December 9, 2011|media release|
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Websense Joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce that Websense, a global provider of web, data, and email security, will become the fifth company to join GNI. Websense joins four other GNI company members, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Evoca. “By committing to GNI’s principles on freedom of expression and privacy, [...] December 8, 2011|media release, New Members|

GNI Announces Observer Status for Companies Considering Membership

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is inviting a limited number of companies who are actively considering joining GNI and interested in learning more about its approach to advancing privacy and freedom of expression to apply for observer status. Companies who are granted observer status will have the opportunity to learn [...] December 6, 2011|media release|

Open Letter on Freedom of Expression, Intellectual Property and H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act

On 15 November 2011, GNI wrote to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives about freedom of expression, intellectual property and H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. The text of the letter is below. Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers, The Global Network Initiative [...] November 15, 2011|Letter, media release|

GNI in Financial Times: “Collaborating over Human Rights”

In reaction to a column by Michael Skapinker in the Financial Times, GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan wrote this letter to the editor, "Collaborating over Human Rights:" Sir, Michael Skapinker (“Business needs a world view of its own”, October 27) makes a salient point about the risks faced by companies, especially [...] November 2, 2011|media release, op-eds|

GNI at the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference

As entrepreneurs, engineers, and activists gathered in San Francisco, California for the inaugural Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference on October 25-26, 2011, the work of the Global Network Initiative was “at the center of debate” according to Politico, and repeatedly highlighted as a crucial component of wider efforts to manage the [...] October 28, 2011|media release|
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Balancing Business and Human Rights: GNI featured at Carnegie Council

On September 20, 2011, GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan spoke at "Yahoo! and YouTube: Balancing Human Rights and Business" at the Carnegie Council in New York. The lunchtime Ethics in Business workshop also featured Ebele Okobi-Harris, Director of Business and Human Rights at Yahoo Inc. and a GNI Board Member, as [...] October 5, 2011|media release, Multimedia, Resources|

Report on Account Deactivation and Content Removal

The GNI is pleased to announce a report released by the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society on “Account Deactivation and Content Removal: Guiding Principles and Practices for Companies and Users.” This document grew out of the GNI’s ongoing learning series on the impact on user rights of the [...] September 21, 2011|media release, Resources|
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GNI Continuing Its Growth

GNI is delighted to announce that it is continuing to grow, with four organizations becoming new members. Evoca is a US based company offering cloud based voice recording services for journalists, media companies, marketers, advocates and educators to create, publish and share audio content online with global and internal audiences. [...] September 8, 2011|media release, New Members|

GNI Announces Workshop at IGF 2011 in Nairobi

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce it will be hosting a workshop at the 6th Annual Internet Governance Forum 2011, held September 27th-30th at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. GNI would like to welcome all those interested to attend the workshop, entitled "The Business of Human Rights: [...] September 7, 2011|events, media release|

GNI Announces Policy and Communications Director

GNI is delighted to announce that David Sullivan will join GNI on 19 September as Policy and Communications Director. David joins GNI from the Enough Project, an initiative of the Center for American Progress focused on ending genocide and crimes against humanity. As Research Director at Enough, David helped to [...] September 6, 2011|media release|

Open Letter to UK Home Secretary In Response to the Recent Violence in London

On 24 August 2011, GNI wrote to the UK Home Secretary about the discussions between the Government and companies in the ICT sector following the recent violence in London. The text of the letter is below.   Dear Home Secretary, In this open letter we write regarding discussions due to [...] August 26, 2011|Letter, media release|

GNI Statement in Response to Violence in London

In his response to the violent unrest in the UK over the past week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the government is considering whether it would be right to place limits on social media access in certain cases. While criminality and violence deserve condemnation and prosecution under the full [...] August 11, 2011|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Statement on U.N. Work on the Human Right of Freedom of Expression

On the 28th of July, the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations approved a new “General Comment” of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, giving clear guidance on the legitimate restrictions on freedom of expression that states can make. The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes [...] August 5, 2011|media release|

GNI Announces Next Steps on its Assessment Process

When GNI was launched in 2008, the participating companies publicly committed to implement a set of Principles to integrate decision-making around freedom of expression and privacy issues within their operations. Independent assessment of compliance with these Principles supports learning and accountability specifically and GNI generally by enabling stakeholders, including users, [...] July 26, 2011|media release|

GNI Account Deactivation and Content Removal Call

On July 14th, as part of our learning series on “Emerging Issues”, the GNI held its fourth call on the topic of account deactivation and content removal by platforms that host user-generated content. Both GNI members and external participants from industry, civil society, the investor community, and other sectors participated [...] July 26, 2011|media release|

GNI Seeks Policy and Communications Director

One year contract. Based in Washington DC, with domestic and international travel. The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups) [...] July 19, 2011|media release|

Statement of the Global Network Initiative on the OECD’s Update of the Revised Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The Global Network Initiative welcomes the reference to human rights and Internet freedom in the OECD's recent update of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. These guidelines are indicative of a broad international consensus on key aspects of the ongoing effort to ensure protection for fundamental rights and recognize that collaboration [...] June 14, 2011|media release|

Global Network Initiative Launches Advisory Council

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dele Olojede, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former foreign editor of New York Newsday, as the inaugural chairman of its newly established international Advisory Council. The Council will help extend the reach of GNI and deepen our collective [...] June 10, 2011|media release|
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CELE joins the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative is delighted to announce that CELE, The Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information at the University of Palermo School of Law in Buenos Aires, has joined GNI. Commenting on CELE’s membership, Susan Morgan, Executive Director for GNI said “as GNI’s first [...] May 31, 2011|media release, New Members|
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Index on Censorship To Join the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce influential free speech campaign group and publisher Index on Censorship is to join GNI.  Index on Censorship, Britain's leading organization promoting free expression, will become the first non-founding NGO to join the multi-stakeholder organization.  Susan Morgan, Executive Director of GNI, commented "We [...] April 26, 2011|media release, New Members|

GNI Statement on U.S. Secretary of State Clinton’s Address on Internet Freedom

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes the continued focus by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Internet freedom and her acknowledgment of our initiative.   We share her emphasis on fundamental human rights and the value of an open and free Internet. We support increased attention to the role and [...] February 15, 2011|media release|
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Folksam To Join the Global Network Initiative

The Global Network Initiative is delighted to announce leading Swedish investor Folksam is to join the GNI.  Folksam, with $38 billion in asset under management, will become the first non-founding investor to join the multi-stakeholder organization, expanding the voice of this critical constituency.  Susan Morgan, Executive Director of GNI commented [...] February 15, 2011|media release, New Members|

Global Network Initiative Statement on Internet Shutdown in Egypt

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is deeply concerned that the people of Egypt have been denied access to Internet and telecommunications services.  This almost unprecedented step has enormous implications for human rights. The GNI acknowledges the difficult situation faced by companies that provide Internet and telecommunications services.  We urge companies [...] January 28, 2011|Issues, media release, network disruptions|

GNI Names First Independent Chair

Washington, D.C.: The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jermyn Brooks as its first Independent Chair, effective immediately. As Independent Chair, Mr. Brooks will have responsibility for the governance of GNI's Board and will be a leading advocate and spokesperson for GNI in senior company [...] January 26, 2011|media release|

Statement on WikiLeaks and the Implications for Companies

Recent decisions by some technology companies to restrict access to or sever ties with WikiLeaks highlight the difficulties companies face when governments attempt to restrict controversial information. The Global Network Initiative does not take a position on WikiLeaks decision to publish these materials or on their content, but is concerned [...] December 16, 2010|media release|
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GNI Convenes Stakeholders on Account Deactivation and Human Rights Issues

On 16th April 2010 the GNI held a conference call attended by over 30 company and human rights organization representatives to discuss the human rights impacts of account deactivation and content removal. Online services - such as email, social networking sites and blogs - are important sets of tools for [...] May 11, 2010|media release, Resources|

GNI Seeks Independent Chair of the Board of Directors

In recent months, censorship and privacy issues have been making headlines around the globe.  With censorship issues in China, the use social media during the protests in Iran, and hearings on the issues of privacy and freedom of expression in the U.S. Congress, censorship and privacy have become hot button [...] May 10, 2010|media release|

GNI Invites Broad Range of ICT Companies to Implementation Dialogue

GNI Implementation Dialogue - Invite The GNI is seeing a rapidly growing interest in how the GNI’s Principles and Implementation Guidelines can be adapted for other segments of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. Senator Durbin recently sent two letters to ICT companies seeking more information about their approach to human [...] March 23, 2010|media release|

Reflecting on Google in Italy (and beyond): Implications for Online Privacy and Freedom of Expression in the Internet Age

The Italian court decision to hold three Google executives criminally liable for privacy violations raises important questions for human rights and for the technology industry. Privacy and freedom of expression are fundamental rights. How to best to align policies that protect both these rights is an issue that warrants broad [...] March 10, 2010|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|

Global Network Initiative Announces New Executive Director

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Morgan as its first Executive Director. As Executive Director, Ms. Morgan will be responsible for continuing to make GNI a leading voice in defending and promoting freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology [...] March 8, 2010|media release|
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GNI Statement for Hearing on Global Internet Freedom

GNI Statement - Senate Judiciary Committee - March 2010 On March 2, 2010, U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a hearing on “Global Internet Freedom and the Rule of Law, Part II.” The Global Network Initiative submitted a written statement [PDF] to help inform the Subcommittee’s work. [...] March 2, 2010|media release, Publication|
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GNI Publishes Key Issues for Consideration in GNI Implementation Dialogue

GNI Implementation Dialogue - Key Issues The GNI’s Principles and Implementation Guidelines are particularly relevant for internet and telecommunications companies worldwide. However, there is great interest in understanding how the Principles and Implementation Guidelines may be adapted to apply to other segments of the ICT industry, such as equipment manufacturers; [...] February 21, 2010|media release, Publication|

GNI Statement on U.S. Secretary of State Clinton’s Address on Internet Freedom

In reaction to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's policy address on Internet freedom, the Global Network Initiative issued the following statement: Secretary of State Clinton underscored how the Internet brings exciting new opportunities for 21st century diplomacy and highlighted its potential to advance human rights in her address on [...] January 21, 2010|media release|

GNI Statement on Google’s New Approach to China

In reaction to Google's decision to take a new approach to its business operations in China, the Global Network Initiative issued the following statement: Google’s decision to reconsider its business in China is an indication of the tough choices information and communications technology (ICT) companies face around the world where respect for [...] January 14, 2010|media release|

GNI Holds Open House for Tech Sector Companies; Initiates Guidance Workstream

GNI has identified significant interest from companies across the technology sector in guidance regarding freedom of expression and privacy issues, including challenges posed by sales of equipment, software, or services to governments, and challenges related to government mandates for modification of equipment, installation of software, or other mandates. (See also [...] September 10, 2009|media release|

GNI Identifies Intermediary Liability for Carriers and Platforms for User Generated Content as a Key Issue for Business and Public Policy

When companies are held liable for content uploaded or sent by users, freedom of expression can suffer. Collaborative efforts should help advance policy solutions that better protect fundamental rights to expression and access to information. The Global Network Initiative (GNI) believes that freedom of opinion and expression is a human [...] August 19, 2009|intermediary liability, Issues, media release|
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GNI Principles Offer Guidance to ICT Manufacturing and Software Sector

[UPDATE 08.19] Announcement from Chinese official and translation: Green Dam no longer mandatory for general consumers The Global Network Initiative is actively monitoring developments regarding the Chinese government’s directive that requires computer manufacturers to install the Green Dam/Youth Escort content control software on personal computers produced or sold in China. [...] June 12, 2009|media release, Resources|

GNI Presents Multi-Stakeholder Approach at Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Summit

On May 5, 2009, the GNI participated in a panel entitled, “The GNI’s Multi-Stakeholder Approach” at the first annual Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Summit. The summit was organized by Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program, which brings together a team of professionals from across the company to integrate human rights decision-making [...] June 4, 2009|events, media release|

GNI Invites Civil Society Feedback at Chinese Internet Research Conference 2009

On May 27, 2009, GNI participated in a roundtable discussion on civil society engagement at the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference. This year's conference was hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and focused on "The Chinese Internet and Civil Society: Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture." [...] June 4, 2009|events, media release|
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GNI Participants Discuss Human Rights Challenges at Soul of the New Machine Conference

Video  On May 4, 2009, Global Network Initiative participants took part in a panel at the Soul of the New Machine Conference in Berkeley, California. Participants discussed recent challenges to freedom of expression and privacy in Korea, Moldova, and Australia, and the role of the GNI as a source of [...] June 2, 2009|events, media release, Multimedia|

GNI Responds To Increased Censorship of Online Publishing Services and User Generated Content

In responding to the removal, censorship and blocking of online publishing services – home to increasingly popular user generated content such as blogs, videos and photos – the Global Network Initiative stated today that its participating companies will continue to take steps to minimize the impact on users and the [...] May 20, 2009|media release|

GNI Concerned About Lack of Transparency and Accountability in YouTube Censorship (UPDATE: April 1, 2009)

UPDATE: April 1, 2009 - YouTube has been blocked again in China. After being temporarily unblocked on Sunday and Monday (China time), YouTube was blocked again starting Monday, March 30 late in the day PDT. As before, no official explanation has been given for the blockage. Additional resources: Herdict Web [...] March 25, 2009|media release, network disruptions|

Yahoo! Discusses GNI Commitments on The Communicators

Yahoo! VP and Deputy General Counsel Michael Samway appeared on The Communicators to discuss human rights challenges facing information and communications companies and the role of GNI in meeting those challenges. January 15, 2009|media release|

GNI Successfully Holds First Public Forum

The Global Network Initiative successfully held its first Public Forum in Paris on December 4. The well-attended event was held in conjunction with the International Seminar on Business and Human Rights in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and [...] December 18, 2008|events, media release|

Sens. Leahy and Durbin and Rep. Berman Issue Statements in Support of the Global Network Initiative

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, and Rep. Howard Berman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued separate statements in support of the Global Network Initiative. Statement Of Senator Patrick [...] October 29, 2008|media release|

Diverse Coalition Launches New Effort to Respond to Government Censorship and Threats to Privacy

In an effort to protect and advance the human rights of freedom of expression and privacy, a diverse coalition of leading information and communications companies, major human rights organizations, academics, investors and technology leaders today launched the Global Network Initiative. October 26, 2008|media release|
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