As part of its quarterly Board meeting in New York, the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue will hold a roundtable discussion with stakeholders on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue is a group of telecommunications operators and vendors who jointly address freedom of expression and privacy in the context of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The companies that are currently participating in the Industry Dialogue are Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone Group. These companies have a global footprint, providing telecommunications services and equipment to consumers, businesses, and governments in nearly 100 countries worldwide. It is based on a set of Guiding Principles which explore the interaction and boundaries between a government’s duty to protect human rights and the corporate responsibility of telecommunications companies to respect human rights. Through their participation in the Industry Dialogue, companies share best practices and tools for implementing the Guiding Principles into their company operations.
In July of 2015, the Industry Dialogue made available an online resource describing some of the most important powers available to government authorities seeking to access communications and to restrict the content of communications. This is an opportunity to discuss whether this resource is useful to civil society organizations, academics, investors, and to determine how the Industry Dialogue can take this work forward. Companies will also share examples of the challenges they have faced with regard to government demands to restrict content and how they have implemented the Guiding Principles in these situations. Discussion will take place under the Chatham House rule, and we welcome stakeholders’ questions and perspectives on how the Industry Dialogue can continue to lead the telecommunications sector in embedding respect for freedom of expression and privacy.
• Jeffrey Dygert, Executive Director, Public Policy, AT&T
• Milka Pietikainen, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, Millicom
• Patrik Hiselius, Senior Digital Rights Advisor, TeliaSonera
• Eduardo Puig, Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Reporting, Telefonica
For more information, contact lbrunner [at] globalnetworkinitiative.org.