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News

Global Network Initiative Announces New Executive Director

The 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 industry worldwide.

Date: 
Mon, 03/08/2010 - 15:00

GNI Statement for Hearing on Global Internet Freedom

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 to help inform the Subcommittee’s work. This statement lays out key human rights challenges facing the ICT industry and opportunities for collaboration to promote Internet freedom.

Date: 
Tue, 03/02/2010 - 15:00

GNI Publishes Key Issues for Consideration in GNI Implementation Dialogue

The GNI has established an "Implementation Dialogue" to explore how the Principles and Implementation Guidelines may be adapted to other segments of the ICT industry. To inform this dialogue, the GNI today published a short document setting out some of the key issues that need to be addressed in order to understand how the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines can be made more relevant for a wider range of ICT companies.

Date: 
Sun, 02/21/2010 - 15:00

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

Secretary 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 Internet freedom today. To help achieve these goals, it is important that information, communication, and technology (ICT) companies are able to operate in a manner that promotes respect for human rights, even in the most challenging markets.

Date: 
Thu, 01/21/2010 - 15:00

GNI Statement on Google’s New Approach to China

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 human rights is at risk. The Global Network Initiative provides principles, guidelines and support to help companies think through these choices and make decisions that protect freedom of expression and privacy for hundreds of millions of Internet users around the world.

Date: 
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 16:00

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

On September 10, 2009, the GNI hosted an open house in response to interest from companies across the technology sector in guidance regarding freedom of expression and privacy issues. As one key outcome from the meeting, the GNI will be convening a workstream to explore how the current GNI guidelines can be further developed to assist other companies in their efforts to protect freedom of expression and privacy.

Date: 
Thu, 09/10/2009 - 14:49

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.

Date: 
Wed, 08/19/2009 - 15:00

GNI Principles Offer Guidance to ICT Manufacturing and Software Sector [UPDATE 08.19: Official update on Green Dam]

The GNI 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. This directive is ostensibly intended to protect children from sexually explicit content, but in fact raises significant challenges for companies in the technology sector that also have a responsibility to respect human rights. The GNI offers a multi-stakeholder forum that provides operational guidance and a credible system for companies to develop effective strategies in response to these challenges.

Date: 
Fri, 06/12/2009 - 16:00

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

The GNI participated in a panel entitled, “The GNI’s Multi-Stakeholder Approach” at the first annual Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Summit on May 5, 2009.

Date: 
Thu, 06/04/2009 - 16:00

GNI Invites Civil Society Feedback at Chinese Internet Research Conference 2009 [UPDATE: video link]

On May 27, 2009, GNI participated in a round table discussion on civil society engagement at the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference. This year's conference was hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication

Date: 
Thu, 06/04/2009 - 16:00

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