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An elite international group meets in Ottawa this week with the self-appointed task of solving one of the greatest challenges of an increasingly digitizing world: how to prevent the Internet from becoming the “splinternet.”

“There is no guarantee the entire world will do what we recommend … but I’m quite certain that we’re going to have a significant impact,” said former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, who chairs the 29-member Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) formed early this year by two independent think tanks, Waterloo, Ont.-based Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and Chatham House, based in the United...

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