PRESS RELEASE: Internet Commission joins Digital with Purpose Movement as partnering organisation

Internet Commission and GeSI enter into a joint agreement to collaborate on the Digital with Purpose Movement.

Published on: Jul 8, 2021 | Written by: Mark Evans

8 July 2021 (Brussels) - We are very pleased to announce that the Internet Commission is joining the Digital with Purpose (DwP) Movement initiated by the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). 

The Internet Commission’s vision is to give digitalisation a new direction. A not-for-profit organisation founded in 2018, it advances digital responsibility through independent evaluation. In collaboration with policymakers, business, and civil society, it is working to help ensure that digital technologies are a more positive force in the world.

The Internet Commission’s Accountability Report 1.0 looks at how organisational cultures, systems and processes align to support corporate digital responsibility. It presents the findings of a year-long review focused on internal processes related to internet safety, freedom of speech and decisions about online content, contact and conduct. Participants included the BBC, Meetic, Popjam, Tinder and Sony Playstation. A second cycle is now underway with participants including Meetic, Pearson, Tinder and Twitch.

Joining the DwP Movement and partnering with GeSI is a logical next step for the Internet Commission to consolidate its leadership in the digital sustainability sector. In particular, the partnership will accelerate the development and alignment of its accountability framework and the DwP framework, which covers multiple areas from digital trust and responsibility to circular economy, digital inclusion, and supply chain.  

“The Internet Commission welcomes GeSI’s Digital with Purpose Movement, as both timely and necessary. The Movement provides a roadmap for achieving sustainable development through – rather than despite – digitalisation.” Said Jonny Shipp, Executive Chair at the Internet Commission.

“In order for the ICT industry to meet the challenging targets of the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals, it requires visionary leadership and ambition, and we are proud to be partnering with the Internet Commission to collaborate on this agenda that puts the future health of society and our planet as a priority,” said GeSI CEO Luis Neves.  

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