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Telecommunications Industry Dialogue at the IGF

The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue took part in the Ninth Annual Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey from 2 to 5 September 2014.  Former Chairs Yves Nissim (Orange) and Patrik Hiselius (TeliaSonera) and Facilitator Lisl Brunner engaged in discussions exploring how to advance freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet and met with digital rights activists, officials from governments and intergovernmental organizations, and ICT industry representatives.

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How TeliaSonera is living up to its commitment to freedom of expression

by Patrik Hiselius (TeliaSonera), Chair of the Industry Dialogue, March – September 2013

TeliaSonera’s hands-on operational processes for assessments and escalation of governments’ requests present a good example of how to embed essential parts of the Industry Dialogue (ID) Guiding Principles into a telecommunications company’s everyday business operations.

Telecommunications Industry Dialogue participates in the Stockholm Internet Forum: Internet Privacy, Transparency, Surveillance and Control

On May 27-28, 2014, Industry Dialogue members Patrik Hiselius of TeliaSonera, Milka Pietikainen and Linda Peralta of Millicom, Laura Okkonen of Nokia, and Sidsela Nyebak of Telenor took part in the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) in Stockholm, Sweden. They met with policymakers, civil society representatives, activists, and other business representatives from around the world to discuss the SIF 2014 theme, “Internet privacy, transparency, surveillance, and control.”

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The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue One Year Later

One year ago, the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy was officially launched with the publication of a set of Guiding Principles that address the issues of freedom of expression and privacy as they relate to the telecommunications sector.   The launch formalized a series of meetings held by companies since 2011, when the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Companies participating in the Industry Dialogue – Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Millicom, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone Group – provide telecommunications services and equipment to consumers, businesses, and governments worldwide.

Read about our progress during the first year of the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue.

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