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The Global Network Initiative is pleased to announce new companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics joining its collaborative approach to protecting freedom of expression and privacy. “As new companies commit to GNI’s principles on freedom of expression and privacy, and as new human rights groups, investors and academics join our efforts, our ability to set a standard for safeguarding online rights is increasing,” said GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan.
Procera Networks, which delivers Internet Intelligence solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection technology for fixed, mobile, and wireless network operators around the world, has become the seventh company to join GNI.
PEN American Center, the largest center in the international network of PEN Centers, is the newest civil society organization to join GNI. PEN has been a leading voice on behalf of writers and journalists around the world, and is now working to ensure that new technologies serve to advance, and not inhibit, free expression and creative freedom.
Walden Asset Management, an investment manager with $2.5 billion in assets under management for clients who seek to integrate environmental, social and governance analysis into investment decision-making, has joined the GNI investor constituency.
EIRIS Conflict Risk Network also joins the investor constituency. Conflict Risk Network includes institutional investors, financial service providers and related stakeholders that are calling on corporate actors to fulfill their responsibility to respect human rights and to take steps that support peace and stability in areas affected by genocide and mass atrocities.
Finally, GNI welcomes Professor Philip N. Howard who joins the academic constituency in his personal capacity. Howard is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and in the School of Public Policy at the Central European University. His research investigates patterns of technology diffusion between and within developing countries and the role of new information technologies in political communication systems around the world.
“The free expression and privacy challenges facing technology companies are multiplying, but GNI’s growing membership is bringing diverse new expertise and capacities to help companies find an ethical path forward,” said GNI Board Chair Jermyn Brooks.
GNI is a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics, who have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. GNI provides resources for ICT companies to help them address difficult issues related to freedom of expression and privacy that they may face anywhere in the world. GNI has created a framework of principles and a confidential, collaborative approach to working through challenges of corporate responsibility in the ICT sector.