All over the world – from the Americas to Europe to the Middle East to Africa and Asia – companies in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector face increasing government pressure to comply with domestic laws and policies in ways that may conflict with the internationally recognized human rights of freedom of expression and privacy.

In response, a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics spent two years negotiating and creating a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector, and have formed an Initiative to take this work forward.

Core Documents

Three core documents describe GNI's objectives and the key commitments of the participants:

Principles  |  Implementation Guidelines  |  Governance, Accountability and Learning Framework

Board Chair Mark Stephens

GNI welcomes Mark Stephens, CBE as Independent Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Stephens, a London-based partner at the law firm HowardKennedyFSI, is an internationally accomplished and respected human rights and free expression lawyer and advocate, also specializing in media and intellectual property rights law.

Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

GNI is engaged in a two-year collaboration with a group of global companies that belong to the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy.