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Guidance on human rights for ICT firms

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted by consensus by the governments on the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, these Principles cover three “pillars”: The State Duty to Protect; The Corporate Responsibility to Respect; and Access to Remedy

ICT Sector Guide on Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, written by Shift and the Institute for Human Rights and Business, published by the European Commission

Global Network Initiative: A multi-stakeholder initiative – “Protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy in information and telecommunications technologies”.  Company participants as of Feb 2013 are Evoca, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Procera Networks, Websense, Yahoo!  See the website for civil society, investor and academic participants.

Telecommunications Industry Dialogue: “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”.  Participating companies as of Feb 2014 are Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Millicom, NSN, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor, Teliasonera and Vodafone.

Telco Action Plan – Respecting Human Rights: Ten Steps and Implementation Objectives for Telecommunications Companies, Access

Forgotten Pillar: The Telco Remedy Plan, Access

Applying the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT Industry – Version 2.0: Ten Lessons Learned, BSR

How Microsoft Did It - Implementing the Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (available in 7 languages)

Maintaining privacy – “Dilemma” discussion on the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum, hosted by UN Global Compact and Maplecroft

Human Rights and Technology Sales: How Corporations Can Avoid Assisting Repressive Regimes, White Paper by Electronic Frontier Foundation

Focused on governments but highly relevant to ICT companies


- Necessary and Proportionate – the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance
 – with over 450 signatories from civil society and academia

- “Reform Government Surveillance”: a joint call on governments by a group of information technology companies – signatories are AOL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo!

- “The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age” – UN resolution, 2013

 

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