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

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NEWS & MEDIA RELEASES (in chronological order)

GNI Statement: Proposed Amendments to Address “Cyberbullying” in Kazakhstan Likely to Further Restrict Speech and Privacy Online

April 6, 2022|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, media releases|

GNI expresses concern about proposed amendments to Kazakhstan’s Law on Informatization. While the amendments’ stated goal is to reduce cyberbullying, it appears they will impose significant risks for freedom of expression and privacy in Kazakhstan and undermine this goal. The amendments could impose monitoring obligations on a wide range of ICT companies, increase the government’s authority to order content restrictions, and threaten shutdown of access to services that fail to comply. Read more for the full statement.

GNI Statement on Protecting and Respecting Freedom of Expression and Privacy in the Context of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

March 18, 2022|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, media releases, network disruptions, News|

GNI joins the broader global community in expressing shock, opprobrium, and deep dismay about the unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine. In addition to the physical attacks being perpetrated against Ukraine, the Russian government has taken active steps to undermine and restrict access to accurate information in Ukraine and Russia, as well as spreading disinformation and propaganda. GNI condemns all violations of the rights to freedom of expression unequivocally. Read more in our full statement.

Concerns About Draft Content Regulation in Bangladesh: Submission to BTRC

March 9, 2022|feature, intermediary liability, issues highlight, Publication, surveillance|

GNI recently submitted comment on the draft digital platform regulation from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). GNI is concerned about the rushed process, including overlap with a similar proposal from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, as well as the risks to digital rights from the significant obligations in the draft regulation. GNI stands ready to engage with the BTRC in support of rights-respecting content regulation.

GNI Submission to UN Human Rights on Internet Shutdowns

February 10, 2022|Issues, network disruptions|

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes this opportunity to provide input to UN Human Rights on the preparation of the thematic report on Internet shutdowns and human rights, as requested in Human Rights Council resolution 47/22, "to study the trend in Internet shutdowns, analysing their causes, their legal implications [...]

GNI Calls for Withdrawal of Draft Cybersecurity Law in Myanmar

January 31, 2022|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, surveillance|

GNI expresses serious concern about a recently proposed cybersecurity law in Myanmar, reaffirming and adding to concerns about a draft introduced by the military-led State Administrative Council last year. GNI calls on the authorities to revoke the legislation. Read more for ur analysis of the proposal.

GNI Seeks Consultant Project Lead for “Meaningful Transparency” Initiative

January 26, 2022|feature, media releases|

There is broad agreement that more transparency and collaboration around company and government data use is needed. We seek an experienced consultant to serve as a project lead for a new initiative working to better align existing efforts to address these concerns and to help bridge barriers to "meaningful transparency."