Outcome of the First Meeting of the Global Commission on Internet Governance

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Held on May 27, in Stockholm, Sweden, the first meeting of the Global Commission on Internet Governance consisted of a fruitful discussion on a variety of priorities areas, including cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, governance modalities, freedom of expression, innovation and economic development, and infrastructure stability.

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The Global Commission on Internet Governance, chaired by Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden, has held its first in-person meeting to discuss key issues of Internet governance.

Held on May 27, in Stockholm, Sweden, the meeting consisted of a fruitful discussion on a variety of priorities areas, including cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, governance modalities, freedom of expression, innovation and economic development, and infrastructure stability.

The Global Commission on Internet Governance also decided that its next meeting will focus on the economic, social and political effects that could result from the fragmentation of the Internet. Additionally, the Global Commission on Internet Governance agreed to consider a number of scenarios on how the Internet might potentially fragment in the future.

“We are off to a good start. We have lots to do. We do not want to duplicate work being done elsewhere,” said Gordon Smith, Deputy Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. “We have decided to focus in Seoul on the possibility of Internet fragmentation and its risks and costs.”

The Global Commission is a two-year initiative launched by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House. Chaired by Minister Bildt, the commission will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.

The next meeting of the Global Commission on Internet Governance will be held in Seoul, Korea, from October 13 to October 15, 2014. A series of other Global Commission on Internet Governance meetings will occur through the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.

During the process, the Global Commission on Internet Governance will also issue a series of research papers, which will be publicly posted on its open website.

Members of the Global Commission on Internet Governance in attendance in Sweden included:

  •     Carl Bildt
  •     Gordon Smith
  •     Fen Osler Hampson
  •     Patricia Lewis
  •     Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
  •     Pablo Bello
  •     Pascal Cagni
  •     Moez Chakchouk
  •     Dae-Whan Chang
  •     Michael Chertoff
  •     Dian Triansyah Djani
  •     Anriette Esterhuysen
  •     Hartmut Glaser
  •     Dorothy Gordon
  •     Angel Gurría
  •     Dame Wendy Hall
  •     Melissa Hathaway
  •     Mathias Müller von Blumencron
  •     Joseph S. Nye
  •     Nii Quaynor
  •     Latha Reddy
  •     Marietje Schaake
  •     Tobby Simon
  •     Paul Twomey
  •     Pindar Wong

For more information on the Global Commission on Internet Governance, including its twenty-nine commissioners and thirty research advisers, please visit: http://www.ourinternet.org. Follow the commission on Twitter @OurInternetGCIG.

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The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit http://www.cigionline.org.

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is based in London. Chatham House’s mission is to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all. The institute: engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debates and confidential discussions about significant developments in international affairs; produces independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities; and offers new ideas to decision-makers and -shapers on how these could best be tackled from the near- to the long-term. For more information, please visit http://www.chathamhouse.org.

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