Quick Facts

Predicted lost revenue to U.S. cloud computing as a result of revelations of NSA internet surveillance

Predicted lost revenue to U.S. cloud computing as a result of revelations of NSA internet surveillance

Proportion of the world's internet access that is censored

Proportion of the world's internet access that is censored

Value of the internet economy in G-20 economies by 2016

Value of the internet economy in G-20 economies by 2016


From the Blog

 
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Business, governments, and users are debating how to capitalize on the promise of the digital economy while keeping the Internet free, open, and secure.

Recognizing the power of the Internet and social media, governments around the world have sought to restrict the free flow of information online or to use digital technologies to restrict the rights of their own people. At the same time, companies are collecting increasingly sophisticated – and increasingly personal – information about their users. Especially in light of recent revelations about government surveillance in the United States and around the world, companies face growing pressures to prove to their users that they can be trusted with the most sensitive data.


 
Technology should advance. But timeless values should endure, and digital common sense should prevail.
— Brad Smith, President, Microsoft
 

What the Center is Doing

The Center initiated a project in 2014 aimed at making business practices in the information and communication technology industry more respectful of individual privacy and free expression – both in companies' commercial operations and in their relations with governments.

Writing and Advocacy


 

Though we believe deeply in its mission and purpose, the Center withdrew from the Global Network Initiative (GNI) in January 2016. In our view, GNI needs to undertake several strategic reforms in order to be able to rise to today’s pressing free expression and privacy challenges.

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