Back in 2008, Google first got on board with the Global Network Initiative, and now the search giant's Public Policy Blog has just Google+Public+Policy+Blog%29" target="_blank">checked in with the GNI's annual report. The Global Network Initiative fosters free expression, while protecting privacy globally. Members of the GNI protest their users by:
- Evaluating against international standards government requests to censor content or access user information
- Providing greater transparency
- Assessing human rights risks when entering new markets or introducing new products
- Instituting employee training and oversight programs
The founders of the GNI - Google, Microsoft and Yahoo all agreed that they should measure themselves against the standards of the initiative - and Google's Bob Boorstin, Director, Public Policy, and Lewis Segall, of the Senior Ethics and Compliance Counsel, commented on the results of the annual report that was released yesterday - "After reviewing them, the non-company members of GNI have told us that while we're by no means perfect, the assessments are credible and rigorous and demonstrate that companies are making progress — a concrete step in our efforts to build trust not only with our GNI partners but with all our users."