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, […]
GNI led sessions on the economic costs of network and communications disruptions and shutdowns, shifting trends in country legal frameworks affecting companies’ abilities to respect rights in their operations, and GNI's multi-stakeholder approaches to advancing privacy and freedom of expression in the ICT sector.
“The shutdown in Cameroon appears to be calculated to target political speech,” said Mark Stephens, CBE., Independent Board Chair.
GNI is deeply concerned by the government's statutory order that telecommunications operators block social media beginning Monday, December 19, when President Joseph Kabila’s second term of office ends.
“The Government of Nauru should restore access to Facebook and commit to ensuring internet connectivity for all their citizens consistent with international human rights norms.”
The workshop used breakout groups to facilitate detailed discussions of three topics pertaining to shutdowns: connections to elections and moments of political importance, economic impacts, and technical considerations. | December 10, 2016 | Network Shutdowns |
GNI is concerned by reports showing the Ethiopian Government blocked Internet access amid escalating anti-government protests.
The Global Network Initiative is alarmed by yet another order by a Brazilian judge to block the WhatsApp messaging service across the entire country.
Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Joint Statement on Network and Service Shutdowns
The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue are deeply concerned by the increasing number of government orders to shut down or restrict access to communication networks and related services around the world.
The GNI continues to urge the Brazilian government to adhere to international human rights standards on free expression and privacy and to refrain from blocking access to communications platforms.