The International Grand Committee on Disinformation and "Fake News"

A comprehensive resource about the activities and the history of the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy (IGC), along with an introduction of CIGI's Global Platform Governance Network.


EVENT / August 25, 2020 - 12:00am EDT.

This network brings together policy makers dedicated to addressing burning issues in platform governance and mis- and disinformation.

EVENT / July 21, 2020 - 12:00am EDT.

This fourth and final IGC summer workshop will allow participants to explore platform governance issues, and to understand better how they can situate their own work into a broader policy agenda.


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.


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?


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 and Dublin with future meetings to come. For further details, see the IGC timeline.

To support the agenda of the IGC, CIGI and Reset have partnered to create the Global Platform Governance Network (GPGN). The GPGN brings together civil servants, legislative staff and regulators from around the world to create a space for learning, dialogue and cooperation on key issues of platform governance including privacy, competition, online safety, electoral integrity, and countering online hate and extremism. The goal of the network is to harmonize efforts internationally to address the impact of challenges within the information ecosystem and meaningfully move the bar on the key issues.

The GPGN meets virtually every month to discuss practical issues in the broad platform governance space and will be holding more in-depth meetings periodically to dive deeper into more complex challenges. These monthly sessions provide practical advice for network members that they can implement in their home jurisdictions. Future sessions will address the impact of gaming, AI, and big data, and how governments can best engage with other players in the information ecosystem (e.g., media, civil society).

To learn more about the IGC or if you’re interested in joining the GPGN, please contact: [email protected].