About the Commission
The Global Commission on Internet Governance was established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. The project conducts and supports independent research on Internet-related dimensions of global public policy.
Chaired by Carl Bildt, the Commission informs feasible and concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance, by providing a framework for “One Internet” that is inclusive, trustworthy, safe and open for everyone. To reach this goal the Commission focused its recommendations on issues of online privacy, digital rights, cybersecurity, internet freedom and access.
Launched by two independent global think tanks, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, the Global Commission on Internet Governance is helping to educate the wider public on the most effective ways to promote secure Internet access, while simultaneously championing the principles of freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas over the Internet.
The Commission comprises 29 prominent members representing a range of Internet governance stakeholders as well as geographic regions.
Partners & Sponsors
The Commission has been supported through a partnership of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chatham House as well as by numerous sponsors who have greatly enhanced ongoing work and research. These organizations and institutions have been committed to advancing the debate and putting forward creative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in global Internet governance.
A global Research Advisory Network (RAN) supported the Commission, producing more than 50 research papers on topics including Internet fragmentation, human rights, interconnection and access issues, cyber-security cooperation, trade and development, and other Internet governance research areas. This scholarship informed the deliberations of the Commission and the recommendations put forward in its final report.