Half of the world’s population now uses the Internet to connect, communicate and interact. But basic access to the Internet is under threat, the technology that underpins it is increasingly unstable, and a growing number of people don’t trust it to be secure. The Global Commission on Internet Governance provided recommendations and practical advice on the future of the Internet. Its primary objective was the creation of “One Internet” that is protected, accessible to all and trusted by everyone. In its final report, the Commission put forward key steps that everyone needs to take to achieve an Open, Secure, Trustworthy, and Inclusive Internet. 

To take a look at the commission's full body of research, please see: https://www.cigionline.org/series/gcig-research-volumes

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The recommendations in our report are the result of comprehensive planning, consultations, analysis, and the belief in an open Internet for all. Learn more for yourself today and read the report.

Three Possible Futures of the Internet

The Internet as we know it today will not be the Internet of the future. Our actions now will determine how it evolves, for better or for worse. The following three scenarios explore these possibilities—however ideal or troubling they may be, they’re the theoretical result of our choices and actions.

A Dangerous & Broken Cyberspace

The Internet breaks due to malicious activity, and overreaching government regulation. Basic human rights are violated, online privacy is non-existent and government surveillance follows. Criminal data breaches are the norm and cyber attacks become more frequent.   The public loses its trust in the internet and people simply stop using the network. Its potential is truly lost.

Uneven & Unequal Gains Stunted Growth

Some users are able to enjoy some of the many benefits offered by being connected, while others are permanently locked out. Freedom of expression suffers, as does access to knowledge because governments don’t preserve the Internet’s openness. As a result, more than three billion people are left off-line.   Inequality and unrest spread, with minimal cooperation by governments across borders. Sharing and innovation are limited and stifled. Many are left behind.    

Broad, Unprecedented Progress

An open internet that enables unprecedented progress and opportunities for individual freedom, knowledge and innovation. Billions of new users join us online narrowing digital, social, and economic divides. GDP growth reaches upwards of $11.1 trillion by 2025. Government and industry collaborate across borders to manage the risks of online activity. This future requires concrete actions to ensure that the Internet becomes open, secure, trustworthy and inclusive for all.

GCIG Research

Research Advisors

Nick Savage
Research Advisor
Nick Savage is the Head of the School of Computing at the University of Portsmouth and he has a passion for investigating communication networks and security. His previous research on communication networks has been funded by OFCOM and the EPSRC and has resulted in contributions to ITU recommendations. He has over 50 publications in journals and conference proceedings and serves as a referee for IET, IEEE and Elsevier journals. He has also acted as the conference chair, given plenaries, presented keynotes and chaired sessions at many international IEEE/ACM computer networking and security conferences. He is a member of Working Group 3 for the EC NIS Platform, an Academic Advocate for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and a Chartered Engineer.
Hernan Galperin
Research Advisor
Hernan Galperin (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Research Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Previously, he was Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). He is also a Research Fellow at CONICET, the national science council of Argentina, and Steering Committee member for DIRSI, an ICT policy research consortium based at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) in Lima, Peru.
Rolf H. Weber
Research Advisor
Rolf H. Weber is professor for civil, commercial and European law at the University of Zurich Law School. Since 2008, he is the director of the Information and Communication Law Center at the University of Zurich, a member (now vice-chairman) of the Steering Committee of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) as well as a member of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). Since 2009, he has been a member of the High-level Panel of Advisers of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) and author of frequent publications on Internet governance.
John Carr
Research Advisor
John Carr is a technical adviser to Bangkok-based global NGO, ECPAT International and Rome-based European NGO Network for Child Safety Online. He is Secretary of the British Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety and sits on the Executive Board of the UK Government’s Council for Child Internet Safety. John was formerly a Vice President of My Space and sat on Microsoft’s Policy Board for Europe the Middle East and Africa. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE.
Stefaan G. Verhulst
Research Advisor
Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research of the Governance Laboratory at New York University (www.thegovlab.org), an action research center dedicated to improving governance and people’s lives through advances in technology. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at NYU, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest, a Board Member of ORBICOM - Unesco; and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications. Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor. In addition, Verhulst was Co-Founder and Co-Director of PCMLP at Oxford University, the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, the socio-legal fellow at Wolfson College (Oxford), Co-Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies at the University of Glasgow School of Law. He regularly advises international organizations and has written and co-authored several books on a variety of topics including Internet Governance.
Laura Denardis
Director of Research of the Global Commission for Internet Governance
A scholar of Internet architecture and governance, Laura is a CIGI senior fellow and professor at American University. She is an affiliated fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and previously served as its executive director.
Lee Tuthill
Research Advisor
Lee Tuthill is a senior counsellor in the Trade in Services Division of the WTO, a unit that oversees the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Her responsibilities include ICT services and electronic commerce, as well as issues related to cross-border trade in ICT-enabled services. In these areas, she covers policy developments, regulatory reforms, market trends, new business models and trade practices, including analysis of how they relate to the GATS framework and trade liberalization. Her work entails close collaboration with ICT ministries and regulatory authorities around the world. She has published articles on WTO and FTA telecommunications negotiations and on digital economy issues and also serves on the editorial board of info journal. Previously, she worked on economic and trade policy for the USITC. She attended Columbia University, where she was awarded Masters of International Affairs degree.
Tobias Feakin
Research Advisor
Tobias Feakin joined the Australian Strategic Policy Institute as senior analyst for national security in October 2012. He examines issues relating to national security policy, cyber security, global counter-terrorism, resilience, critical infrastructure protection and the environment and security. He was previously senior research fellow and director of the National Security and Resilience department at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for Defence and Security Studies, in London, and is still a senior associate fellow of RUSI.
Christopher Yoo
Research Advisor
Christopher Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer Information Science as well as the director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a leading voice in the “network neutrality” debate that has dominated Internet policy over the past several years, and is also pursuing research on copyright theory. Christopher testifies frequently before US Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Meryem Marzouki
Research Advisor
Meryem Marzouki is a senior researcher in Political Sciences with the French National Scientific Research Center, currently with the Computer Science Laboratory of Paris 6. Her multi-disciplinary research interests focus on Internet governance, human rights, and the rule of law. She is a member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), and of the European Internet Science Network of Excellence (EINS).

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Sponsors

CIGI, Chatham House and the Commissioners of the GCIG would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their generous support which facilitated the work of the GCIG on one of the most pressing global public policy issues of our time, Internet governance.

  • Canadian Copyright Corporation
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Jordan
  • Government of the Netherlands
  • Government of Sweden
  • Government of the United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Al Qassemi
  • International Development Research Centre
  • Kakao Corporation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Maekyung Media Group
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Ministry of Research and Innovation of the Province of Ontario
  • Oasis500
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Synergia Foundation
  • The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
  • The Royal Patronage of HH the Crown Prince of Jordan