Telia Company joins GNI to advance free speech and privacy

Telia Company today joins the multi-stakeholder Global Network Initiative together with six other international telecommunications operators and vendor companies to strengthen protections for global digital rights.

Global Network Initiative (GNI) today (28 March) doubled its company participants, with the addition of seven leading international telecommunications operators and vendor companies. The seven companies, including Telia Company, were previously members of the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue (ID).

Global digital rights
Telia Company together with Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group and Vodafone Group join forces with GNI’s five global internet company members – Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo – and with more than 35 human rights and press freedom groups, academics and investor members - to strengthen protections for global digital rights.

1.5 billion people
The expansion in membership means the combined customer base of the seven new GNI members – more than 1.5 billion people in over 120 countries in Africa, North, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific – will now be covered by the standards and user rights protections to which all GNI company members commit.

"Raise our voices"
Patrik Hiselius, Senior Advisor Digital Rights at Telia Company, says: "There are societal needs both for surveillance, security, privacy and freedom of expression. ICT-companies around the world, including Telia Company, have to deal with often complex issues in this area and our different stakeholders might have differing views. By joining the GNI - which includes both companies, human rights organizations, investors and academics - we can build shared learning and also raise our voices, jointly, to support the freedom of expression and privacy of our users.”

GNI press release