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29 August 2018

New guidance for companies encourages action to support civic freedoms & human rights defenders & explores opportunities for engagement

Author: Bennett Freeman with Sif Thorgeirsson, Adele Barzelay & Brooks Reed

"Shared space under pressure: Business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders," 29 August 2018 ...

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14 October 2016

New report highlights how companies have stood up for individuals and civil society organisations

Author: London School of Economics & Charities Aid Foundation

Beyond Integrity, a new report produced by CAF, in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), examines how some companies are going above and beyond their traditional role to protect civic space. Key findings ...

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1 June 2015

Despite the odds: Businesses speaking out for human rights

Author: Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

...Recently, we have seen a proliferation of repressive laws and practices deployed by an increasing number of states, and an increase in the criminalisation of human rights defenders and other civil society actors. Companies’ responses are at odds...

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16 July 2014

Interview with Michael Samway, founder of Yahoo!'s business & human rights programme

"The Internet, Human Rights, and the Private Sector: An Interview with Michael A. Samway", Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Dec 2013...

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10 December 2013

[PDF] Businesses across the Middle East must put human rights above the bottom line - New report lifts the lid on the business practices of dozens of companies operating across the Middle East

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Arabic and French versions below] Companies operating across the Middle East must uphold human rights according to a new report by an international human rights organisation. The new report, released today in Arabic, English and French by the Business...

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1 May 2012

Peer Pressure

Author: Catherine Dunn, Corporate Counsel [USA]

American companies have been criticized in recent years for selling technology to countries that may use it to thwart dissent…A Chinese company took center stage [in March] because it's a major supplier of cameras and surveillance tools to Chinese...

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18 April 2012

[PDF] 2011 Annual Report

Author: Global Network Initiative

GNI’s key achievements from the past year include…The first assessments of our three founding companies—Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!—were…GNI gained nine new participant organizations from six countries…We increased our focus on policy engagement and...

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3 April 2012

Internet Freedom Starts at Home - The United States needs to practice what it preaches online.

Author: Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation, in Foreign Policy [USA]

...[M]any of the most sophisticated tools used to suppress online free speech and dissent...are actually Made in the USA. American corporations are major suppliers of software and hardware used by all sorts of governments to carry out censorship and...

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20 March 2012

'Dark trade' in Web-censoring tools exposed by Pakistan plan

Author: Elinor Mills, CNET

For years, Silicon Valley companies have quietly conducted a lucrative trade selling software and equipment to countries that restrict dissent over the Internet. But the recent dust-up involving an Internet filtering plan by Pakistan has turned the...

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19 March 2012

"Cautious Celebration: Report Suggests Pakistan IT Ministry Withdraw Internet Censorship Plans"

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