CMCS Director Philip N. Howard joins the Global Network Initiative (GNI)

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CMCS Director Philip N. Howard has joined the Global Network Initiative's academic constituency in his personal capacity. 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 ICT sector.

The GNI's members include ICT companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn, as well as civil society organizations such as the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Human Rights Watch, Internews and Index on Censorship, and academic organizations including the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the George Washington University Law School and individual researchers like Rebecca MacKinnon.

Phil Howard is a professor in the CEU School for Public Policy at CEU as well as in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His research investigates patterns of technology diffusion between and within developing countries and the role of new information technologies in political communication systems around the world.

 “The free expression and privacy challenges facing technology companies are multiplying, but GNI’s growing membership is bringing diverse new expertise and capacities to help companies find an ethical path forward,” said GNI Board Chair Jermyn Brooks, welcoming the newest members.