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.
A report presented to the October 2015 Amsterdam Privacy Conference has called on telco and Internet companies facing surveillance by governments to adopt the Global Network Initiative’s international standards-based best practices for the ICT sector.
GNI met with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, and the Cabinet Office to express concerns about the impact the Investigatory Powers Bill will have internationally on privacy and free expression rights.
At the State Department Internet Freedom Technology Showcase held in New York on Sept 26, 2015, Ambassador Power urged internet companies "to embrace the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to join the Global Network Initiative."
GNI was among the 31 civil society groups that successfully spoke out against section 603, which would have created a sweeping requirement for internet companies to report on their users. The Senate has reached an agreement to drop this provision. The letter signed by 31 civil liberty and trade associations is here.
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