About our initiative
We collaborate to promote freedom of expression and privacy in telecommunications.
Who we are
The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue is a group of telecommunications operators and vendors who jointly address freedom of expression and privacy rights in the telecommunications sector in the context of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
On March 12, 2013 the Industry Dialogue published the “Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy Guiding Principles”. These principles address the issues of privacy and freedom of expression as they relate to the telecommunications sector, specifically exploring the interaction and boundaries between a government’s duty to protect human rights and the corporate responsibility of telecommunications companies to respect human rights. Industry Dialogue members are sharing best practices in order to implement the Guiding Principles into their companies’ policies and processes.
Collaboration with the GNI
The Industry Dialogue has also announced a two-year collaboration with the Global Network Initiative (GNI). The GNI is housing the work of the Industry Dialogue and providing a common platform to exchange best practices, learning, and tools. By working together, we believe there is an opportunity for both GNI and the companies in the Industry Dialogue to benefit from this collaboration on freedom of expression and privacy issues.
The Industry Dialogue welcomes new members in the telecommunications industry and proactive dialogue with key stakeholders. For information on how to take part in an Industry Dialogue quarterly meeting, please contact Chris Sheehy.
Dedicated individuals, collaborating together for a global purpose.
There are 8 companies currently participating in the Industry Dialogue. These companies have a global footprint, providing telecommunications services and equipment to consumers, businesses, and governments worldwide.