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Relationship to Gamergate

David Sullivan, formerly the Global Network Initiative's first director of policy and communications, denounced[1] "gamergate trolls" for opposing the report "Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls" by the Working Group on Gender of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. Sullivan praised the Association for Progressive Communications, which promoted the term Cyber Violence, and denied that the Internet Governance Forum would become a threat to online speech.

Gamergate reactions to this report:


Board as of 2016:

  • Mark Stephens - senior member of Howard Kennedy LLP of London
  • Pablo Chavez - VP of Global Public Policy, LinkedIn
  • Lewis Segall - Senior Counsel (Global Ethics and Compliance), Google
  • Steve Crown - VP and Deputy Counsel, Microsoft
  • Nicole Karlebach - Senior Legal Counsel, Yahoo
  • Matt Perault - Head of Global Policy Development, LinkedIn
  • Arvind Ganeson - director of Human Rights Watch's Business and Human Rights Division.
  • Gregory Nojeim - has worked for Center for Democracy and Technology, American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Lawfare blog
  • Robert Mahoney - executive director of Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Jodie Ginsberg - Chief Executive of Index on Censorship
  • Bennett Freeman - Secretary. SVP, Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments. Chair of Global Witness advisory board.
  • Sara Nordbrand - Head of Sustainability at the Church of Sweden. She is on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.
  • Vivek Krishnamurthy - Counsel in the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
  • Arturo Carrillo - Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, and Co-Director of the Global Internet Freedom & Human Rights Project at The George Washington University Law School.
  • Judith Lichtenberg - Executive director. Former Head of Regulatory Affairs & Digital Rights at Vodafone Netherlands in Amsterdam,

Others of note:


GNI was founded in 2008. Larry Downes reported on GNI as of 2011: [2]

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft were its charter corporate participants. But it has failed since then to sign up even one additional high-tech company. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Human Rights and a long-time supporter of the group, has written repeatedly to the CEOs of the two companies [ Facebook and Twitter ] (and others) demanding that they sign on to the self-regulating GNI or face the alternative of government intervention in their dealings with certain countries.

The founding of GNI followed Durbin's call for "a voluntary code of conduct governing companies' operations in countries where internet freedom is restricted."[3]


  1. David Sullivan, #GamerGate vs the United Nations, October 13, 2015,
  2. Larry Downes, Why No One Will Join The Global Network Initiative, Forbes, March 30 2011,
  3. Dick Durbin, Durbin Statement of Final Approval of Long-Awaited Internet Code of Conduct, October 28 2008,