This week, a diverse coalition of leading information and communications companies, major human rights organizations, academics, investors and technology leaders launched the Global Network Initiative . The initiative seeks to help participating companies navigate a global and increasingly complex set of governmental practices and laws that infringe on the freedom of expression and privacy rights of their users. Just as important, the initiative formalizes and pushes forward collaboration among diverse stakeholders to promote the rule of law and the adoption of public policies that can advance core human rights on the global network. By committing to the Initiative, the companies involved Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have demonstrated critical leadership, which we hope others all over the world will follow.