Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Conversation with Stakeholders

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As part of the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue’s quarterly face-to-face meeting in Paris, it will hold a roundtable discussion for stakeholders exploring how its participating companies have embedded respect for freedom of expression and privacy into their operations and the role that companies should play in facing new challenges in these areas.

In March of 2013, the Industry Dialogue was launched with the adoption of 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. The Principles set out a number of measures that companies can take to minimize negative impacts on customer freedom of expression and privacy, including creating policies and processes to evaluate and handle government requests that may have an impact on users’ freedom of expression and privacy, conducting human rights impact assessments and using due diligence processes to identify and mitigate risks to these rights, and examining options for implementing relevant grievance mechanisms, among other commitments. Through their participation in the Industry Dialogue, companies share best practices and tools for implementing the Guiding Principles into their company operations.

As the Industry Dialogue marks two years of its collaboration, participating companies will share examples of steps they have taken to implement the Guiding Principles and to respond to specific situations that impact users’ and customers’ rights. During this discussion governed by the Chatham House rule, companies will also 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.

For more information or to register, please contact lbrunner@globalnetworkinitiative.org.

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Lisl Brunner

Lisl Brunner is the Facilitator for the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue. Prior to this role, Lisl spent five years as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

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