The Global Network Initiative (GNI) released its 2011 Annual Report today at an event in Stockholm. The report offers a look at GNI’s recent work, its nine new members, and the second phase of its company assessment process.
The past year has been a busy one for GNI. Two new companies, Evoca and Websense, have joined the founding three companies – Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! – as participants. GNI has also welcomed seven other new members, NGOs and investors that are based in such far-flung locations as India, Buenos Aires, and Sweden. By bringing their commitments and perspectives to the Initiative, these members strengthen its capacity to protect and promote users’ free expression and privacy rights by influencing corporate practices and government policies.
On the ground, GNI has been engaging in honest dialogue around some of the most challenging human rights questions facing companies in the ICT sector – discussions that have begun to inform company actions. By creating a trusted space for such “shared learning,” GNI facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas, both of which are foundational to the development of socially responsible corporate practices.