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Governments & companies can collaborate to protect freedom of expression & privacy online, says report commissioned by Global Network Initiative

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14 June 2012

New Report Outlines Recommendations for Governments, Companies and Others on How to Protect Free Expression and Privacy Rights Online

Author: Global Network Initiative

Governments, companies, and other stakeholders can collaborate to protect rights to freedom of expression and privacy online, according to the authors of “Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online”…The report, co-authored by Dr. Ian Brown and Professor Douwe Korff, examines the challenges facing governments and technology companies as they balance rights to expression and privacy with law enforcement and national security responsibilities. "We hope this report will help governments and companies protect human rights and public safety online, especially in countries where the Internet is playing a key role in political debate and activism," said Dr. Brown…. “GNI [Global Network Initiative] commissioned this report in order to engage on some of the most difficult and complicated questions about how to protect freedom of expression and privacy rights…”

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14 June 2012

[PDF] Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online

Author: Ian Brown & Douwe Korff, Global Network Initiative

While states are responsible for protecting human rights online under international law, companies responsible for Internet infrastructure, products and services can play an important supporting role. Companies also have a legal and corporate social responsibility to support legitimate law enforcement agency actions to reduce online criminal activity such as fraud child exploitation and terrorism. They sometimes face ethical and moral dilemmas when such actions may facilitate violations of human rights. In this report we suggest practical measures that governments, corporations and other stakeholders can take to protect freedom of expression, privacy, and related rights in globally networked digital technologies. [refers to Amesys (part of Bull), Blue Coat, Vodafone, Google, YouTube [part of Google], Cisco, McAfee [part of Intel], Websense, Verizon, Sandvine, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) (joint venture Nokia and Siemens), Syrian Telecommunications Establishment, Huawei, ZTE. Concerns are raised re ZTE's provision of surveillance equipment to Iranian Govt. For ZTE's response, see http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/1012025]

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