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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