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The Global Commission on Internet Governance
The Global Commission on Internet Governance was established in January 2014, to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. With work commencing in May 2014, the two-year project will conduct and support independent research on Internet-related dimensions of global public policy, culminating in an official commission report.
Chaired by Carl Bildt, the commission will inform concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance, by providing a framework both for coordination among advanced industrial democracies and for addressing the interests and values of states that are uncertain about the future of multi-stakeholder governance. Key issues to be addressed by the commission include governance legitimacy and regulation, innovation, online rights and systemic risk.
Launched by two independent global think tanks, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, the Global Commission on Internet Governance will help educate the wider public on the most effective ways to promote Internet access, while simultaneously championing the principles of freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas over the Internet.
The commission gratefully acknowledges the support of:
Global Commission on Internet Governance
Additional commission members will be confirmed over time.
Research Advisory Network
|March 20, 2014||Twenty-five distinguished experts appointed to Global Commission on Internet Governance’s Research Advisory Network|
|March 05, 2014||Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, joins the Global Commission on Internet Governance|
|February 06, 2014||Sultan Al Qassemi and Dian Triansyah Djani join the Global Commission on Internet Governance|
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Twenty-five distinguished experts appointed to Global Commission on Internet Governance’s Research Advisory Network
The Global Commission is a two-year initiative launched in January 2014, by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House. Chaired by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, the commission will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.
The commission’s RAN, led by CIGI Senior Fellow Laura DeNardis, will assist in identifying and prioritizing Internet governance and Internet policy related issues within the commission’s mandate. Members of the RAN will provide expert briefings to the members of the commission and conduct research and analysis for the commission’s preparatory work and final report.
“The research advisory network will be an indispensable component of the Global Commission on Internet Governance,” said Fen Osler Hampson, co-director of the commission and director of CIGI’s Global Security & Politics program. “Under the direction of Laura DeNardis, the RAN will be of great benefit to this initiative’s critical analysis and findings. I’m grateful that these experts have agreed to participate.”
The twenty-five member network consists of:
Additional RAN members will be confirmed over time. For more information on the GCIG, including its twenty-nine commissioners and twenty-five research advisers, please visit: www.ourinternet.org. Follow the commission on Twitter @OurInternetGCIG.
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Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, joins the Global Commission on Internet Governance
Gurría becomes the twenty-ninth commission member of the GCIG, a two-year initiative chaired by Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt. Launched by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, the commission will encourage globally inclusive public discussions and debates on the future of Internet governance. It will create and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance that can act as a rallying point for states that are striving for a continued free and open Internet.
“With an extraordinarily impressive array of experience and expertise, Mr. Gurría is a greatly welcomed addition to this initiative,” said Fen Osler Hampson, co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. “We are delighted that Angel and the OECD will be collaborating with the GCIG to produce a globally representative vision of the future of Internet governance.”
Angel Gurría joined the OECD as secretary-general in June 2006, following a distinguished career in public service. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. As OECD Secretary-General, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a hub for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernization and reform.
The complete list of GCIG commissioners includes:
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Sultan Al Qassemi and Dian Triansyah Djani join the Global Commission on Internet Governance
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi and Dian Triansyah Djani become the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth members of the commission, launched in January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“We’re delighted that both Sultan Al Qassemi and Mr. Djani will be taking part in the commission,” said Fen Osler Hampson, co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. “This initiative has excellent global representation with a diverse array of viewpoints. With this team, the commission will provide cutting-edge and policy-relevant research on the future of Internet governance.”
Based in the United Arab Emirates, Qassemi is a commentator on Arab Affairs writing for numerous local and international publications including The National, Gulf News, New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, the Independent and the Guardian. He tweets prolifically at @SultanAlQassemi and has over 270,000 followers, and was listed in the ‘140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011’ by Time magazine. He is a non-resident fellow at the Mohamed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai, and a former lecturer at the Dubai Men’s College. He received a Master’s Degree in Global Banking and Finance from the European Business School where he graduated with distinction in 2004 and a BSc in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris.
Dian Triansyah Djani is the Director General of America and Europe in Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was Director General for ASEAN Cooperation and drafter of the ASEAN Charter. He was also Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO, ITU, WIPO, WHO, UNCTAD, ILO, and other international organizations in Geneva. He served, among others, as President of the UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board and Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council. He completed his graduate studies from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia and Vanderbilt University.
The Global Commission on Internet Governance will encourage globally inclusive public discussions and debates on the future of Internet governance through a public consultation platform, and through other institutional, media, and academic channels. It will create and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance that can act as a rallying point for states that are striving for a continued free and open Internet.
The complete list of commissioners includes:
For more information on the Global Commission on Internet Governance, please visit: www.ourinternet.org. Follow the commission on twitter @OurInternetGCIG.
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|Cyber Security and Global Interdependence: What Is Critical? - See more at: http://t.co/zmMPsNW0iA @ChathamHouse|
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|What is #CyberSecurity and what are main policy concerns? @ChathamHouse #Video https://t.co/XMm8u5oRi2|
|Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection http://t.co/ZZWQlLNK6Z #HumanRights #CyberEspionage|
|In Turkey, Twitter Roars After Effort to Block It http://t.co/5CLVo1wDSz #CyberEspionage #HumanRights|
|Barack Obama meets with tech execs on privacy, NSA surveillance - World - CBC News http://t.co/R14Sa8ojXE #CyberEspionage #InternetEconomy|
|Corrected* Research Advisers: @sunil_abraham @angpenghwa @subimal @sadiecreese @BiIIDutton* @VoxProf @laurentelder @patrikhson|
|Research Advisers cont'd: @TFeakin_ASPI @ugasser @clemherman @achdujeh @kkomaitis @lemos_ronaldo @MM_PolyTIC @carolinarossini @etaylaw|
|@OurInternetGCIG welcomes Research Advisers: @sunil_abraham @angpenghwa @subimal @sadiecreese @billdutton @voxprof @laurentelder @patrikhson|
|Twenty-five distinguished experts appointed to Global Commission on Internet Governance’s Research Advisory Network http://t.co/vk5piBIg2P|
|.@LauraDeNardis speaks to @samgustin @TIMEBusiness on US-ICANN changes: http://t.co/lgjRzxNvYp|
|GCIG research director @LauraDeNardis comments via @nytimes on US relinquishing ties to ICANN: http://t.co/MHm6VS1moB|
|RT @carlbildt: I welcome this key step for true internationalisation of Internet. Will facilitate @OurInternetGCIG work. http://t.co/7RL3Fo…|
|As the Web Turns 25, Its Creator Talks About Its Future http://t.co/vlHxYxuBMl|
|RT @carlbildt: Lunch in London on the global net issues. Freedom on and of the net. Great interest in work of our @OurInternetGCIG commissi…|
|Angel Gurría, @OECD Secretary-General, joins the Global Commission on #InternetGovernance: http://t.co/QG1Los2Fhm|
|RT @CIGIonline: NOW HIRING: Research Associate/Fellow in CIGI's Global Security & Politics team. #InternetGovernance #CyberSecurity http://…|
|5 Things You Should Know About the Netflix-Comcast Deal by GCIG research director @LauraDeNardis via @slate: http://t.co/gdAxN9lNSx|
|RT @CIGIonline: New commentary by @sbradshaww: Data for #Development: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. http://t.co/A2pJQzA6ff #BigData|
Frequently Asked Questions
The Global Commission on Internet Governance is a two-year initiative launched in January 2014, that will present a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance. Chaired by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, the commission comprises 29 members drawn from various fields and from around the world, including policy and government, academia and civil society. All commissioners are listed at the commission’s website, www.ourinternet.org
The commission will address four key themes, within which are a number of sub-themes:
The current mechanism of Internet governance, colloquially called the “multi-stakeholder” model, is under threat. This threat to a free, open, and universal Internet comes from two principal sources. First, a number of authoritarian states are waging a campaign to exert greater state control over critical Internet resources. Second, revelations about the nature and extent of online surveillance have led to a loss of trust. Collectively, these circumstances have created a need to update legacy mechanisms for Internet governance; but deadlocks in international dialogue means the potential exists for the fragmentation of the Internet. Accordingly, a significant and timely opportunity exists to feed innovative new ideas into these negotiations through the establishment of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
The Internet’s architecture is constantly changing. The content and computing devices which end users see are only the surface of a massive underlying infrastructure of networks, services, and institutions that keep the Internet operational. This architecture comprises private information intermediaries such as network operators, exchange points, search engines, hosting services, e-commerce platforms, and social media providers.
Despite the privatized and somewhat autonomous nature of these network components, global coordination is necessary to keep the Internet operational. For example, global technical standardization ensures interoperability; cybersecurity governance maintains stability and authentication; and centralized coordination ensures that each Internet name and number is globally unique. These, and other, tasks necessary to keep the Internet operational, are collectively referred to as “global Internet governance.” As the Internet becomes increasingly enmeshed with vital aspects of everyday life, actors that perform these various Internet governance functions are also being called upon to provide expert knowledge on the governance of human behaviour online. This trend complicates an already difficult governance terrain.
For the majority of its history, the Internet has been governed in an organic and piecemeal fashion by a variety of standard-setting and other technical bodies and by private companies performing key roles as network operators and information intermediaries. Multi-stakeholder governance means governance involving more than one of the four categories of participants: firms, states, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society (including technical experts acting in their individual capacities). It typically utilizes relatively non-hierarchical procedural rules. Rather than hard law and regulatory enforcement, governance is accomplished by means of voluntary compliance with technical standards, codes of conduct, and industry best practices.
The Global Commission’s goal is two-fold. First, it will encourage globally inclusive public discussions on the future of Internet governance. It will do this through public outreach activities, including accessible research as well as public consultation. Second, through its comprehensive policy-oriented report, and the subsequent promotion of this report, the Commission will communicate its findings with senior stakeholders at key Internet governance events, including, for example, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)+10 review process, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in spring 2014, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Meeting in fall 2014.
Although the commission will formally begin its program of work at the conclusion of ICANN’s High Level Panel on Internet Cooperation, which concludes its work in May 2014, planning and research are well underway. The commission will tackle a broad range of issues through an intensive program of research and consultation over an extended, two-year period.
During its two-year time span, the commission will conduct broad based and targeted consultations with stakeholders interested and involved in Internet governance, including the general public, Internet Service Providers and network operators, online service providers, multinational enterprises, civil society organizations and copyright holders. Research conducted by the commission will explore Internet governance through a multidisciplinary lens, including political science, economics, law, engineering, computer science and international business.
The commission’s work will culminate in a report on Internet governance and multi-stakeholder governance. The commission’s policy-relevant research findings will be rolled out on an ongoing basis, on its website and at high-profile Internet governance meetings and events.
The commission is an initiative between two partners:
The commission will be supported by a CIGI–Chatham House Secretariat. It will also be supported by a Research Advisory Network and by a Business Advisory Network. These groups will support the work of the Secretariat in providing the Chair and the Commission with a full range of research and stakeholder views.
The Research Advisory Network will be led by Laura DeNardis, the commission’s research director. She will be supported by CIGI Research Fellow Mark Raymond and Chatham House Research Associate Caroline Baylon.
The commission will be conducting broad based consultations, which, over time, will include soliciting feedback on Internet governance from members of the general public. For the latest information, please visit: www.ourinternet.org.