The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is pleased to announce its newest member, the Centre for Internet & Society based in Bangalore, India. A technology policy research institute, CIS brings to GNI in-depth expertise on global Internet governance as well as online freedom of expression and privacy in India.
“We are delighted to add our first member based in India and welcome CIS’s engagement in support of transparency and accountability in technology,” says GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan. “GNI’s Principles for responsible company behavior apply globally, but require an appreciation of unique local contexts if they are to take hold. CIS will provide invaluable insight as we consider opportunities to work with India’s burgeoning ICT industry.”
“India’s ICT sector is one of the most dynamic worldwide, “ says CIS Executive Director Sunil Abraham, “but rapid technological advances have raised anxieties around issues including hate speech, political criticism, and obscene content at a time when Indian institutions for the protection of free expression are under strain. We look forward to working with GNI’s member organizations on these challenging issues.”
CIS an independent, non-profit, research organization which is involved in research on the emerging field of the Internet and its relationship to the society, CIS brings together scholars, academics, students, programmers and scientists to engage in a large variety of Internet issues. CIS also runs different academic and research programs and is receptive to new ideas and collaborations, projects and campaigns for the public.
Leslie Harris, GNI Board Member and President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology says: “The addition of CIS not only increases GNI’s global reach, it significantly enhances the initiative’s capacity around shared learning and policy engagement, not just in India, but on internet policy around the world.”