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GNI is a uniquely authoritative platform for companies, academics, investors and civil society from around the world to speak with a single voice, and to collectively engage governments and international institutions to advocate for laws and policies that protect and respect freedom of expression and privacy rights around the world.

Below you may find recent work on our policy priorities: network disruptions, intermediary liability and content regulation, privacy and surveillance, and jurisdictional assertions and limits.

New Report! Life Interrupted: Centering the Social Impacts of Network Disruptions in Advocacy in Africa

March 31, 2021|feature, Issues, issues highlight, media releases, network disruptions, Publication, reports|

Authored by Tomiwa Ilori of the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, the report surveys experts and practitioners from eleven countries in Africa where the Internet was disrupted for 1144 days total between 2011 and 2020.

GNI Submission: Government of Canada’s Proposal for Addressing Harmful Content Online

September 27, 2021|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, media releases, surveillance|

Canada's leadership in supporting Internet freedom around the world could be undermined by the government’s recently proposed approach to content regulation. GNI expressed concerns about pressures to restrict content and facilitate access to user data in the current approach.

Human Rights Due Diligence and the Digital Services Act — GNI and CDT Roundtable and Public Event

September 15, 2021|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, media releases, Multimedia, Publication|

CDT Europe and GNI are pleased to share two reports from a recent closed-door expert roundtable and a public event looking at human rights due diligence in the tech policy sector and the DSA. Watch the public discussion or read the reports from both events.

GNI Submission: Government of Canada’s Proposal for Addressing Harmful Content Online

September 27, 2021|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, media releases, surveillance|

Canada's leadership in supporting Internet freedom around the world could be undermined by the government’s recently proposed approach to content regulation. GNI expressed concerns about pressures to restrict content and facilitate access to user data in the current approach.

GNI-Freedom House Workshop: Data Localization and Human Rights

July 8, 2021|Issues, issues highlight, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, surveillance|

Data localization mandates can impact a broad range of human rights, including privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, personal security, and non-discrimination. The workshop hosted by GNI and Freedom House explored the technical and legal dimensions of data localization requirements and featured company and non-company perspectives.

GNI-Freedom House Workshop: Data Localization and Human Rights

July 8, 2021|Issues, issues highlight, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, surveillance|

Data localization mandates can impact a broad range of human rights, including privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, personal security, and non-discrimination. The workshop hosted by GNI and Freedom House explored the technical and legal dimensions of data localization requirements and featured company and non-company perspectives.
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Addressing Digital Harms AND Protecting Human Rights — GNI Shares Recommendations for Policymakers

October 13, 2020|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, Publication, reports|

"Content Regulation and Human Rights: Analysis and Recommendations" uses human rights to analyze more than 20 recent, governmental initiatives that claim to address various forms of digital harm. The brief is the result of months of multistakeholder analysis by GNI’s diverse, expert membership, as well as six virtual consultations with government actors and other key stakeholders in Africa, the EU, India, Pakistan, and the UK.