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

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

Principles  |  Implementation Guidelines  |  Accountability, Policy & Learning Framework

The Consequences of Network Disruptions: A Guide for Policymakers

Available in all six official UN languages, our one-pager can help companies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders better inform government agencies about the consequences of imposing network shutdowns and service restrictions. 


GNI Welcomes Seven New Telco Company Participants

This milestone expansion in membership means the combined customer base of the seven new GNI members – more than 1.5 billion people in over 120 countries in Africa, North, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific – will now be covered by the standards and user rights protections to which all GNI company members commit.