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Global trust on the Internet is in decline, CIGI-Ipsos global survey shows

Monday, April 18, 2016
Press Release
A new global survey finds that consumers are increasingly worried about their online privacy and security, especially when it comes to ‎how their personal data is handled by private corporations and governments. The survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos across 24 countries finds that a majority of global citizens (83%) believe that there need to be new rules about how companies, governments and other users use personal data.

New CIGI book addresses emerging markets’ potential to shape international financial policies

Thursday, April 14, 2016
News Release
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has released a new book, Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers: Emerging Perspectives on the New G20, providing in-depth views on how international financial institutions and policies must adapt to the increased global economic power of emerging markets.

Hacktivist groups should be stopped, but are also desired for accountability, reveals CIGI-Ipsos global survey of online citizens

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Press Release
One citizen’s hacktivist is another’s cyber terrorist, or so the new adage goes. Today, an undecided verdict hangs over groups like Anonymous, which harness the power of technology to help ignite revolutions, fight oppression and dismantle dictatorships, while pursuing targeted cyberattacks against individuals and groups, sometimes for purely malicious purposes. A new survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos across 24 countries finds that a majority (66%) of global citizens believe hacktivist groups are breaking the law and should be stopped, while a sizeable portion (52%) also believe that hacktivist groups should step in when no one else will hold someone accountable.

IMF Spring Meetings in Washington: CIGI Global Economy Experts Available for Interview

Monday, April 11, 2016
Media Advisory
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – A team of experts from the Global Economy Program of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will be onsite April 12-16 for the IMF Spring Meeting events in Washington, D.C. Available for media interviews and able to provide commentary on key issues the IMF is expected to discuss this week, the CIGI experts can provide insight on the IMF’s global economic growth forecast and the state of the economies of many emerging markets -- including a slowdown in China -- and contractions in Brazil and Russia.

China should rely more on G20 relations, clean sources for energy security, CIGI expert recommends

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
News Release
China should rely more on multilateral relations, such as those forged at the G20, and ramp up its clean energy production to better manage its energy needs and address its environmental woes, according to a paper released today by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

The “Dark Net” should be shut down: CIGI-Ipsos global survey: But what about its benefits?

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Press Release
Whether it be child abuse imagery, the purchase of illegal narcotics or planning an assassination, a growing amount of the world’s criminal activity takes place on a part of the Internet known as the "Dark Net" — a realm only accessible via special web browsers that allow users to surf the web anonymously. A survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos across 24 countries finds that a majority (71%) of global citizens ‘agree’ that the “Dark Net” should be shut down.

CIGI gathers IP and innovation experts to explore how to succeed in the global knowledge economy

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Press Release
How can Canada’s existing intellectual property (IP) framework be used to improve the country’s innovation performance in the global market? That’s the key question policymakers, innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and legal practitioners will explore over the next two days (March 22-23) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s conference, Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution being held in Toronto.

New CIGI book explores the development of African approaches to conflict management

Monday, March 21, 2016
Press Release
A new book, Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of Change, released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), explores the diverse and complex region where a variety of multinational and multi-institutional efforts are emerging to help contain and resolve conflict.

CIGI honours Rt. Hon. Joe Clark & Alvaro de Soto for their contributions to international mediation and global security research

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Press Release
Atlanta, Georgia — Former Canadian Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Right Honorable Joe Clark and former UN Under-Secretary-General, Alvaro de Soto were named “2016 CIGI Honourees” for their distinguished contributions to international mediation, security and global governance last night at an event in their honour at the International Studies Association Conference in Atlanta.

CIGI founder Jim Balsillie named Canada 150 Ambassador

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – The Centre for International Governance Innovation’s (CIGI) founder and chair, and renowned Canadian inventor and philanthropist, Jim Balsillie, has been named a Canada 150 Ambassador.

Prepare for a future without oil sands, CIGI Senior Fellow Jeff Rubin urges policy makers

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
News Release
Jeff Rubin, one of Canada’s best known economists and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), has a stark warning for Canadian policy makers: Start shifting away from reliance on oil and gas production now or pay the economic consequences in a carbon-constrained world. In a CIGI paper released today, “The Future of Canada’s Oil Sands in a Decarbonizing Global Economy,” Rubin predicts that as climate change compels a deep decarbonization of the global economy, emission restrictions around the world will destroy demand for billions of barrels of oil over the coming decades, severely impairing the economic viability of high-cost producers like those located in Canada’s oil patch.

CIGI Senior Fellow Céline Bak to promote Canada’s clean tech industry at GLOBE 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
News Release
Waterloo, Ontario — First-generation energy innovation firms are ready to scale up their efforts to help Canada meet its commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but innovation in financing these clean technology efforts is also required, Céline Bak, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), notes in a series of recommendations for the GLOBE 2016 Sustainable Business Summit and Innovation Expo in Vancouver.
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