GNI expresses deep concern about new laws targeting social media and private messaging services in Türkiye, adding to significant pressure on ICT intermediaries in the country at a sensitive political moment. We call on Turkish authorities to reconsider these amendments and allow greater debate and deliberation on its broader legal framework for content regulation.
GNI shared procedural and substantive analysis on the draft guidance for regulation UNESCO shared ahead of the upcoming "Internet for Trust" global conference. GNI encourages UNESCO to slow down and scale back this initiative considerably in order to conduct the type of thorough, multistakeholder consultation that an effort of this import deserves, and which can lead to the kinds of durable, rights-enabling impacts that UNESCO envisions.
In our submission, we emphasize that international human rights law should always be at the center of company and government decisions related to freedom of expression, including during times of conflict. In particular, regulators should limit and clarify circumstances where proactive detection of harmful content is required.
GNI welcomes the the opportunity to provide input to the US government's second National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.
The broadened scope and expanded penalties for critical speech in the Amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act follow previous concerns GNI has raised about rushed processes for content regulation and undue restrictions on intermediaries providing services in Pakistan.
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 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.
A proposed draft bill to regulate digital platforms in Chile — built around the concept of "digital freedom of expression — is likely to undermine these very rights. We articulate these concerns in our letter to lawmakers in Chile and subsequent analysis.
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.
The Senate of Australia is currently considering the 2021 Online Safety Bill. In our letter to the Minister of Communications and subsequent analysis, we call for a set of amendments that could allow Australia to model strong, participatory governance to successfully address legitimate concerns around online harms while protecting human rights.