Chris Beall is the policy lead, platform governance, with the Digital Economy research team at CIGI. In this role, he created and leads CIGI’s Global Platform Governance Network (GPGN). The GPGN is a global community of civil servants, legislative staff and regulators committed to a collaborative and harmonized approach to address pressing issues related to digital platform governance.
Chris has been an invited speaker and member at high-level global government and civil society working groups related to tech company transparency, countering online disinformation and hate, and the future of digital platform governance. He is an advisor to the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a steering committee member of the Action Coalition for Meaningful Transparency and a transparency working group member of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.
Prior to joining CIGI, Chris was the founding director of the Digital Citizen Initiative (DCI) at the Department of Canadian Heritage within the Government of Canada. The DCI supports democracy and social cohesion in Canada by building citizen resilience against online disinformation and fostering partnerships to support a healthy information ecosystem. Previously, Chris held positions at the Canada Border Services Agency, the Treasury Board Secretariat and Public Safety Canada, where he worked in national security, trade and immigration policy, strategic finance and management oversight.
Chris’s interests include international platform governance policy and regulatory coherence and innovation, countering disinformation and other online harms, and the efficacy of digital media literacy and other measures to bolster societal resilience.
Chris holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and is a college fellow at the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University.