I’ve been a fan of the Global Network Initiative for a while. Over a year ago I wrote a provocative blog post about Zuckerberg’s trip to Russia around the 4th year anniversary of the Global Network Initiative. My colleague Rebecca MacKinnon replied within minutes with some corrections and thus the conversation began. Getting companies, governments and civic groups to have conversations about the human rights implications of technology-related decisions is a crucial project. The GNI has become a viable mechanism for having those conversations. From the GNI’s recent press release:
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.