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].