Global Commission on Internet Governance: Impact (2014–2016)

A two-year initiative to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of internet governance.

Over the span of two years, the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) helped to educate the wider public on the most effective ways to promote secure internet access, while simultaneously championing the principles of freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas over the internet. Below is a short review of the Commissions impact in advancing debates about the future of the internet. The Commissions work has impacted the way that the public, media and governments around the world see the issue of internet governance.

Some of the Commissions mentions in the media include: ReutersBBC ClickPolitica ExteriorUAE The NationalHuffington PostProject Syndicate and Open Canada.

GCIG Launch Media
The work of the GCIG and the launch of its One Internet report at the 2016 OECD Ministerial Meeting was covered widely in international media, and helped frame timely discussions around cybersecurity, free speech and internet fragmentation.

The Commission’s One Internet report received mention in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Reuters.
The Commission’s One Internet report received mention in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Meeting with Policy Makers
The GCIGs One Internet report was launched in various locations around the world. During these launches the Commissions executive met with senior policy makers and members of government to discuss key issues emerging in cybersecurity and internet governance.

GCIG Chair Carl Bildt meets with Ministers and Parliamentarians from around the world.
GCIG Chair Carl Bildt meets with Ministers and Parliamentarians from around the world.

Interacting with Government
The GCIGs work and final report received praise from a variety of policy makers and governments around the world, such as former US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Deputy National Security Advisor for the Government of India Arvind Gupta. The Commissions research also fed directly into key issues in internet governance, such as the IANA transition.

GCIG statements on key issues, letters and events.
GCIG statements on key issues, letters and events.

Social Compact Presented to UK Prime Minister Cameron
In July 2015, key elements from the GCIGs call for a new global social compact on digital privacy and security were presented to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, through a new report by the Independent Surveillance Review.

The Global Commission’s Social Compact was the result of the April 2015 Global Conference on Cyberspace.
The Global Commission’s Social Compact was the result of the April 2015 Global Conference on Cyberspace.

Conducting Cutting-Edge Research
The GCIGs work represents the single largest body of research on internet governance, encompassing almost 50 research papers (collected into six research volumes) and several books.

The Commission’s research captured public attention and won awards globally.
The Commission’s research captured public attention and won awards globally.

Measuring Public Opinion
Informing the GCIGs research was public input from three extensive public opinion surveys conducted by CIGI and the global polling firm Ipsos on different aspects of internet trust and security.

The CIGI Ipsos Survey was conducted in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The CIGI Ipsos Survey was conducted in 2014, 2016 and 2017.