CIGI releases key resource in ongoing debate on global Internet policy and governance

News Release

November 21, 2014

Waterloo, Canada – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has published a new resource, on challenges and opportunities in Internet policy, developed to inform the work of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG).

Chaired by Sweden’s former Prime Minister Carl Bildt, the GCIG is a two-year initiative launched in January 2014 by CIGI and Chatham House, and will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.

The new briefing book, Finding Common Ground: Challenges and Opportunities in Internet Governance and Internet-Related Policy, provides readers with an understanding of the key issues and actors involved in shaping Internet governance. Initially presented to the GCIG’s twenty-nine commissioners at their Stockholm meeting in May 2014, the briefing book is now available to the media and public by visiting:

“Researchers with CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program have conducted an extensive review of the issues affecting Internet governance,” says Fen Osler Hampson, Co-Director of the GCIG and Director of CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program. “They are building a foundation of information to support the work the Commission is undertaking — helping to contextualize the current debate on challenges, like surveillance, and opportunities, like economic development.”

CIGI’s Finding Common Ground covers the following key issues, among others, that are front and centre in the current Internet governance debate:

  • Managing systemic risk including norms of state conduct; cybercrime and surveillance;  and infrastructure protection and risk management
  • Preservation innovation including Internet access, interconnection, and economic development; and critical internet resources
  • Ensuring rights online including technological neutrality for human rights; privacy, the right to be forgotten and the right to access the Internet; and freedom of expression and freedom of assembly online
  • Current Internet governance ecosystem including the governance role of private and public sector actors; the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; and individuals as actors in Internet governance

The next meeting of the GCIG will be held in Ottawa, Canada, from November 24 to 25, 2014. For more information on the GCIG, including its twenty-nine commissioners and thirty-five research advisers, please visit: Follow the GCIG on Twitter @OurInternetGCIG.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI 
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

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


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