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==Overview==
 
==Overview==
Though celebrated for its open and generative qualities, the internet is not free of regulation. Increasingly, governments are using companies as intermediaries for their own regulative agendas. These governments force companies to limit free speech by monitoring and filtering online practices, often unbeknownst to internet users.
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All over the world – from the Americas to Europe to the Middle East to Africa and Asia – companies in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector face increasing government pressure to comply with domestic laws and policies in ways that may conflict with the internationally recognized human rights of freedom of expression and privacy.
[http://www.globalnetworkinitiative.org/ The Global Network Initiative] is a collection of concerned organizations and individuals that strives to help companies protect online user rights to freedom of expression and privacy. The GNI works to educate the world about the growing problem of internet regulation, and to protect user rights most threatened by it.
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In response, a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics spent two years negotiating and creating a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector; in 2008, this effort led to the public launch of the [http://www.globalnetworkinitiative.org/ The Global Network Initiative].
  
 
This session will elucidate some of the problems faced by intermediaries while pointing to the potential solutions represented by the GNI.
 
This session will elucidate some of the problems faced by intermediaries while pointing to the potential solutions represented by the GNI.
  
==Relevant Models==
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==Recommended Readings==
*[http://wikiscanner.virgil.gr/ WikiScanner]
 
  
==Recommended Readings==
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*Colin Maclay, [http://www.access-controlled.net/wp-content/PDFs/chapter-6.pdf "Protecting Privacy and Expression Online,"] (Cambridge: MIT Press)
 
*John Palfrey, [http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2007/Reluctant_Gatekeepers "Reluctant Gatekeepers: Corporate Ethics on the Internet"]
 
*John Palfrey, [http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2007/Reluctant_Gatekeepers "Reluctant Gatekeepers: Corporate Ethics on the Internet"]
*Ethan Zuckerman, ''[http://www.access-controlled.net/wp-content/PDFs/chapter-5.pdf "Intermediary Censorship,"]'' (Cambridge: MIT Press) 2010.
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*Jillian York, [http://opennet.net/policing-content-quasi-public-sphere "Policing Content in the Quasi-Public Sphere"''] ''[http://opennet.net/ OpenNet Initiative paper]''(September 2010).
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*Ethan Zuckerman, [http://www.access-controlled.net/wp-content/PDFs/chapter-5.pdf "Intermediary Censorship,"] (Cambridge: MIT Press) 2010.
  
 
==Background Readings==
 
==Background Readings==

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Overview

All over the world – from the Americas to Europe to the Middle East to Africa and Asia – companies in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector face increasing government pressure to comply with domestic laws and policies in ways that may conflict with the internationally recognized human rights of freedom of expression and privacy.

In response, a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics spent two years negotiating and creating a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector; in 2008, this effort led to the public launch of the The Global Network Initiative.

This session will elucidate some of the problems faced by intermediaries while pointing to the potential solutions represented by the GNI.

Recommended Readings

Background Readings