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 Commission’s impact in advancing debates about the future of the internet. The Commission’s work has impacted the way that the public, media and governments around the world see the issue of internet governance.
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.
Meeting with Policy Makers
The GCIG’s One Internet report was launched in various locations around the world. During these launches the Commission’s executive met with senior policy makers and members of government to discuss key issues emerging in cybersecurity and internet governance.
Interacting with Government
The GCIG’s 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 Commission’s research also fed directly into key issues in internet governance, such as the IANA transition.
Social Compact Presented to UK Prime Minister Cameron
In July 2015, key elements from the GCIG’s 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.
Conducting Cutting-Edge Research
The GCIG’s work represents the single largest body of research on internet governance, encompassing almost 50 research papers (collected into six research volumes) and several books.
Measuring Public Opinion
Informing the GCIG’s 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.