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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
|April 15, 2015||Global Commission on Internet Governance: Digital privacy and trust through new global social compact|
|April 15, 2015||Global Commission on Internet Governance calls for new global social compact to protect digital privacy and security|
|April 13, 2015||Carl Bildt to issue major statement on digital privacy and security, on behalf of global Internet commission|
|April 02, 2015||New report offers key ICANN accountability recommendations for successful IANA transition|
|March 19, 2015||Former UK intelligence chief recommends international ethical standards for secret intelligence activities|
|March 16, 2015||Global cooperation, not national interests, should drive evolution of Internet architecture, commission report says|
|February 17, 2015||Global Commission on Internet Governance concludes meeting in United Kingdom|
|February 17, 2015||Increased fragmentation of ‘dark Web’ poses great security challenge, say Chertoff and Simon in new paper|
|November 26, 2014||Global Commission on Internet Governance: IANA Transition|
|November 25, 2014||Carl Bildt to discuss ongoing work on Global Commission on Internet Governance|
|October 15, 2014||Global Commission on Internet Governance issues a statement of support in advance of ITU meeting|
|June 05, 2014||No overarching cyberspace regime to emerge in near future, says first working paper of the Global Commission on Internet Governance|
|May 29, 2014||Outcome of the first meeting of the Global Commission on Internet Governance|
|May 16, 2014||Global Commission on Internet Governance welcomes five international experts to 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|
|January 22, 2014||CIGI and Chatham House launch Global Commission on Internet Governance, chaired by Sweden’s Carl Bildt|
|April 15, 2015||Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security|
|April 10, 2015||Connected Choices: How the Internet is Challenging Sovereign Decisions|
|April 09, 2015||A Primer on Globally Harmonizing Internet Jurisdiction and Regulations|
|April 02, 2015||ICANN: Bridging the Trust Gap|
|March 19, 2015||Understanding Digital Intelligence and the Norms That Might Govern It|
|March 16, 2015||On the Nature of the Internet|
|February 17, 2015||The Impact of the Dark Web on Internet Governance and Cyber Security|
|December 23, 2014||Innovations in Global Governance: Toward a Distributed Governance Ecosystem|
|December 18, 2014||Legal Interoperability as a Tool for Combatting Fragmentation|
|November 26, 2014||Legal Mechanisms for Governing the Transition of Key Domain Name Functions to the Global Multi-stakeholder Community|
|November 24, 2014||CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust|
|November 21, 2014||Finding Common Ground: Challenges and Opportunities in Internet Governance and Internet-related Policy|
|July 29, 2014||Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet|
|June 23, 2014||Tipping the Scale: An Analysis of Global Swing States in the Internet Governance Debate|
|May 20, 2014||The Regime Complex for Managing Global Cyber Activities|
|May 14, 2015||
Conference on Internet Governance & Cyber-security
Columbia University Campus, New York City
|April 15, 2015||
Press Conference: Carl Bildt to issue major statement on digital privacy and security, on behalf of global Internet commission
The Hague, Netherlands
|April 14, 2015||
Global Commission on Internet Governance Meeting in The Hague
The Hague, Netherlands
|February 14, 2015||
Global Commission on Internet Governance London Meeting
London and West Sussex, United Kingdom
|November 26, 2014||
Press Conference: Carl Bildt to discuss ongoing work on Global Commission on Internet Governance
|November 24, 2014||
Global Commission on Internet Governance Ottawa Meeting
|October 13, 2014||
Global Commission on Internet Governance Seoul Meeting
Seoul, South Korea
|July 25, 2014||
Global Commission on Internet Governance
|June 26, 2014||
Global Commission On Internet Governance Research Advisory Network Paris Meeting
|May 26, 2014||
Global Commission on Internet Governance Stockholm Meeting
|April 02, 2014||
Global Commission on Internet Governance Research Advisory Network Meeting
|March 20, 2014||
Global Commission on Internet Governance Meeting
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 Carl Bildt, former Swedish foreign minister and former prime minister, 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 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.
The Research Advisory Network will be led by Laura DeNardis, the commission’s research director. She will be supported by CIGI Research Fellow Eric Jardine, CIGI Research Associate Samantha Bradshaw and Chatham House Research Associate Caroline Baylon.
|MT @carlbildt: There is a danger of a digital mercantilism spreading. We want an open & borderless internet. http://t.co/NjRGbHyoHw|
|MT @carlbildt: @GCCS2015 concl. in para 43 supports & endorse @OurInternetGCIG work on privacy & improving security. https://t.co/jeJgEqK759|
|RT @keithburnet: Weakening internet security for the "good guys" opens it up for the "bad guys" http://t.co/FaGeeoOfzK new report @ChathamH…|
|Can the Internet be saved w/out harming democracy? @juliapowles on the #GCIG #SocialCompact via @guardian: http://t.co/IB6EaFhH9w|
|RT @pablobello: @carlbildt chairman of @OurInternetGCIG and @icann_president chairman of @JoinNETmundial #GCCS2015 http://t.co/gK28zGAD0Y|
|Read @OurInternetGCIG pubs on #InternetGovernance - from fragmentation & ICANN to #darkWeb & digital intelligence: http://t.co/tb8ueUUjW1|
|[Livestream] Today at 11:15CET @carlbildt chair of @OurInternetGCIG joins #GCCS2015 panel on #InternetGovernance: http://t.co/G4Jz5ZLCk1|
|RT @LauraDeNardis: Great collaborative security ideas coming from @internetsociety and @KathrynCBrown #GCCS2015 http://t.co/ELS602IuGW|
|[Livestream] April 17 at 11:15CET @carlbildt chair of @OurInternetGCIG joins #GCCS2015 panel on #InternetGovernance: http://t.co/G4Jz5ZLCk1|
|MT @carlynyst: Everyone at #GCCS2015 should read #GCIG report & note ref. to #13principles on surveillance: https://t.co/XrBkgmivz2|
|#Cyberspace needs stronger rule of law. @OurInternetGCIG could offer good model, say @FedericaMog & Bert Koenders: http://t.co/jwymIu0oLu|
|MT @sbradshaww: The @canada foreign minister @HonRobNicholson welcomes #GCIG #SocialCompact on #digitalprivacy #GCCS2015|
|Toward a #SocialCompact for #DigitalPrivacy & Security. Full statement available at http://t.co/UrhsmdQqMZ #CyberSecurityWeek|
|RT @rohintonmedhora: @OurInternetGCIG sees internet as common global resource: open, affordable, unfettered & avlbl to all for innovation h…|
|Press Conference: #GCIG Statement on #DigitalPrivacy & Security [Full Video] now available https://t.co/VpQFlDLEY3 @carlbildt #SocialCompact|
|RT @ChathamHouseISR: .@OurInternetGCIG calls for a new social compact to restore trust in the Internet and protect #digitalprivacy http://t…|
|MT @OECDinnovation: OECD SG Angel Gurria of @OurInternetGCIG welcomes push for #socialcompact for digital privacy http://t.co/fCseH2vk2n|
|Protect #digitalprivacy, security + restore online trust. New #SocialCompact announced in Hague by @OurInternetGCIG: http://t.co/YEnec68RNy|
|Toward a #SocialCompact for #DigitalPrivacy & Security. Full statement available at http://t.co/UrhsmdQqMZ|
|RT @SultanAlQassemi: Send questions to @carlbildt of @OurInternetGCIG about #SocialCompact for Digital Privacy+Security? Tweet #GCIGLive ht…|