The International Grand Committee on Disinformation and "Fake News"

A comprehensive resource about the activities and the history of the International Grand Committee (IGC).


EVENT / July 14, 2020 - 12:00am EDT.

Election interference has been a growing concern in recent years with hostile foreign and domestic actors developing new and increasingly effective strategies to influence elections from the United States to Brazil. Rather than re-opening a conversation about the nature of the challenges faced, this exchange will seek to dig into some of the solutions being tried around the world, by governments, civil society organizations and digital platforms themselves. Hear from outside experts and public servants working on the issue right now and come away with practical policy approaches that can be adapted to different circumstances.


The tech giants have entrenched themselves in all aspects of the internet. It has become nearly impossible to avoid interacting with one of the big five American tech companies when going online. Do consumers have choice or is it time to break up big tech?


Despite growing calls for global platform governance, no solution has been found. To begin to address this, CIGI has convened leading thinkers to explore new models for governing digital platforms.


Kate Klonick was the lone researcher invited in to observe Facebook’s process for creating a content moderation oversight board.


Undeniably, we need to use technology as part of disaster response, but the regulatory immaturity of the industry makes technology companies risky allies, even in the best of circumstances.


“It is an urgent and critical priority for legislatures and governments to ensure that the fundamental rights and safeguards of their citizens are not violated or undermined by the unchecked march of technology.”
The International Grand Committee

The International Grand Committee (IGC) is an ad hoc group of elected representatives from around the world who work across party lines and political ideologies to advance international collaboration on the regulation of social media to combat harmful content, hate speech and electoral interference online.

The IGC began in November 2018, when representatives from eight countries joined the United Kingdom’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee to discuss the spread of disinformation, the threat of “fake news,” questions of privacy and protecting individuals’ data — and what this all means for democracies around the world.

IGC meetings have included parliamentarians from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, St. Lucia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Since its initial meeting in the United Kingdom, the IGC has met in Ottawa (May 27–29, 2019) and Dublin (November 7, 2019). Future meetings are planned for Washington, DC (2020) and Brussels, Belgium (2020-2021). For further details, see the IGC timeline.

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