GNI Signs Joint Letter Concerning Australian Basic Online Safety Expectations (BOSE)

November 12, 2021|intermediary liability, Issues, legal frameworks, Letter|

In November 2021, GNI signed onto a joint organization letter authored by DIGI and submitted to Australian officials in response to Australia’s proposed  Basic Online Safety Expectations (BOSE) Determination. The letter, which was co-signed by 11 organizations in Australia and internationally and is available for view here, details concerns regarding [...]

GNI Letter and Analysis: Draft “Childhood Protection Law” in Colombia

August 30, 2021|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, Letter, media releases|

The protection of the rights of children and adolescents are important and admirable aims, which GNI fully supports. However, as drafted, the proposed "childhood protection law" poses significant risks for freedom of expression and privacy, reflecting a rushed process, and including vague definitions, broad enforcement authorities for the executive, and significant obligations for intermediaries, including content filters.

GNI Letter to UN Special Rapporteur Irene Khan: Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Myanmar

October 30, 2020|feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, Letter, media releases, network disruptions|

In a letter to UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene Khan, GNI raises concerns about ongoing restrictions on digital communications in Myanmar, including network disruptions, website blocking, and efforts by governmental actors to manipulate social media platforms.

Letter to Prime Minister Ardern and President Macron on the Christchurch Call

May 13, 2019|feature, intermediary liability, issues highlight, Letter|

Given the potential ramifications for civil society, journalists, technology platforms, and global users, it is essential that the Christchurch Call is conducted in an open and inclusive manner. Substantively, GNI members underscore the importance of framing the call in international human rights language.

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

February 24, 2014|Issues, Letter, media releases, surveillance|

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, [...]
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Civil Society Groups and Tech Companies Call for Surveillance Reform

November 21, 2013|Issues, Letter, media releases, surveillance|

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 [...]

GNI Writes to the Governments in the Freedom Online Coalition

September 19, 2013|Issues, Letter, media releases, surveillance|

The Global Network Initiative has written to the 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 law [...]
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The Global Network Initiative Joins Internet Companies & Advocates to Demand More Transparency Around Government Surveillance

July 18, 2013|Issues, Letter, media releases, 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 [...]

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

November 15, 2011|Letter, media releases|

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 [...]