CIGI and the Reset Initiative are pleased to host the April meeting of the Global Platform Governance Network.
Note: Following a request from some Network members, this session replaces the previously scheduled Performance Measurement working group (March 23, 2021). If you are a Network member and have already registered for that session, there is no need to register again.
Government efforts to address the most pressing challenges in our information ecosystem have been largely reactive, with new measures following significant incidents. In the current environment, urgent initiatives are required to mitigate online harms, protect privacy and foster human rights. However, government action in the absence of clear goals poses problems of its own. Without a clear sense of what we want to achieve, we risk launching into a “forever war,” such as wars on terror or on drugs, characterized by reactive policies that provided a sense of security for some at the expense of already marginalized communities. The antidote to reactive policy making is to determine what outcomes we want to achieve and then developing ways to track our progress toward meeting these goals.
This special two-hour meeting will serve to launch the Performance Measurement working group. It will feature a panel discussion on the future of our technology-enabled democratic society and an examination of various measures being developed around the world. With the support of experts in both determining and measuring outcomes and platform governance, over three sessions, the working group will look at current measurement tools and practices, chart out potential “ideal” end states, and develop a framework for tracking the effectiveness of measures that are designed to help us achieve the on- and offline worlds we want for the future.
For more information on the Network and this working group, please email [email protected].
Chris Beall is the policy lead, platform governance, with the digital economy research team at CIGI. Chris was most recently the founding director of the Digital Citizen Initiative at the Department of Canadian Heritage.