Judge the Global Network Initiative by How It Judges Companies

Recent press stories about the Global Network Initiative (GNI) paint a distorted picture, judging the Initiative's effectiveness and impact based primarily on the number of companies that have joined the effort to date. That's the wrong yardstick. While the GNI seeks to secure a sector-wide commitment to uphold basic principles of privacy and free expression and to provide companies with framework for decision-making that will deliver on these commitments, the real measure of success (and, ultimately, the key to attracting more companies to join) will be whether corporate members—to date, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!—are making business decisions that uphold their commitments.

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