In its recently published annual report, the Global Network Initiative [GNI] announced that Evoca, a leading global voice recording and publishing web service, became the first non-founding Company Member to join GNI, demonstrating that the GNI Principles – advancing freedom of expression and privacy rights – are relevant to early stage technology firms as well as larger, established multinationals such as its founding Company Members – Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google and its new Observer Status participant – Facebook. The Global Network Initiative [GNI] provides guidance to the information and communications technologies [ICT] industry and its stakeholders on how to protect and advance these human rights when faced with pressures from governments to take infringing actions.
Evoca CEO Murem Sharpe commented on Evoca’s purpose in joining GNI, “Evoca is a platform for free expression, and so GNI is a natural fit for us. As an early stage web services company, we employ software and web services of other companies operating in the cloud for customer service, telecommunications, data storage and streaming, payment, and other key functions. We look forward to engaging with these suppliers so that in turn we can assure our subscribers and licensees of our commitment to their rights to free expression and privacy.”
About The Global Network Initiative [GNI]
The Global Network Initiative [GNI] is a multi-stakeholder group of companies, civil society organizations, including human rights and press freedom groups, investors and academics, who have created a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technologies [ICT] sector. GNI provides resources for ICT companies to help them address difficult issues related to freedom of expression and privacy that they may face anywhere in the world. GNI has created a framework of principles and a confidential, collaborative approach to working through challenges of corporate responsibility in the ICT sector.
GNI participants include Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Websense, the Berman Center for Internet & Society at the Harvard Law School, USC Annenberg School for Communications, Center for Democracy & Technology, Internews, Human Rights First, Committee to Protect Journalists, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Centro de Estudios en Libertad de Expresión y Acceso a la Información, Calvert Investments, Church of Sweden, and Trillium Asset Management.