Two think tanks have launched a two-year investigation of internet governance and surveillance, a week after President Barack Obama pledged to reform US intelligence policy. Chatham House and the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced the 25-member commission at the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling on them to investigate how to balance civil rights, appropriate regulation, online threats, and economic interests. The panel's work includes answering general questions about the future of the internet, but in a release, its founders cite two particular areas of concern.

First, a number of authoritarian states are waging a campaign to exert...

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