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Joint statement on internet shutdowns, by Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

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12 July 2016

Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Joint Statement on Network and Service Shutdowns

Author: Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

Original publication date: 12 July 2016

The Global Network Initiative and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue are deeply concerned by the increasing number of government orders to shut down or restrict access to communication networks and related services around the world.

Government-mandated disruptions of communications networks, network services (such as SMS), or internet services (such as social media, search engines, or news sites) can undermine security and public safety, threaten free expression, restrict access to vital emergency, payment and health services, and disrupt contact with family members and friends. In some countries, the orders frequently occur at politically sensitive moments, during unrest or in the lead-up to elections, restricting the free flow of information...

“ICT companies, from mobile network operators to social media companies, should cooperate with each other and with experts across academia, governments, international institutions, civil society, and the media to raise awareness of the serious, long-term social and economic impacts of these disruptions, said Sidsela Nyebak of Telenor Group, Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue. “ Stakeholders should work to inform public debate and encourage human rights-based laws and policies,” she said.

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12 July 2016

Access Now welcomes statement on shutdowns by telecoms and internet giants

Author: Access Now

Today leading internet and telecommunications giants issued a strong rebuke of the use of internet shutdowns worldwide. The Global Network Initiative (GNI) and the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue — which include company members AT&T, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Facebook, Vodafone, Orange, Telenor, and Telefonica, among many others — joined GNI’s civil society members, experts, and investors to speak out against the intentional disruption of the internet and telecommunications in a statement.

“We welcome this strong, forceful statement on the danger of internet shutdowns,” said Brett Solomon, Executive Director of Access Now. “Telecommunications and internet companies are essential partners in this battle, and they now present a unified voice declaring that shutdowns harm human rights and business. The world’s most vulnerable and marginalized users suffer directly under this blunt instrument that casts entire societies into darkness.”

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