GCIG Research Volumes

About the series

“To all of you, the message I bring from all of us involved with the GCIG is simple — be engaged. If we fail to engage with these key governance questions, we risk a future for our internet that is disturbingly distant from the one we want.”

— Carl Bildt, Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance

When CIGI and Chatham House envisioned and launched the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) in 2014, the Commissions members were determined to approach the work ahead strictly on the strength of evidence-based research. Nearly 50 papers were commissioned from experts worldwide. Written to engage the non-expert netizen as well as other scholars, and published over the next three years, this body of work represents the largest set of research materials on internet governance to be currently available from any one source.

Questions about the governance of the internet will be with us long into the future. The papers published online and now collected as chapters in these six research volumes aim to be forward looking and to have continuing relevance as the issues they examine evolve.


In the Series

In a volatile world, cyber security is an issue for all citizens, not only those online, and a precursor to Internet freedom and commerce. The research gathered in this volume identifies a wide swath of contemporary challenges and policy recommendations for providing the stability and security online needed to sustain the digital economy and protect our day-to-day dependencies on cyberspace.
Internet governance and cyber security are now the control points determining human rights. The purpose of this research volume is to explore direct connections between mechanisms of Internet governance and human rights, and to suggest design and administration interventions necessary to enhance individual rights such as privacy, autonomy, free speech and the right to innovate.
This volume throws into sharp relief the many global tensions over administrative control of the Internet and the governance innovations necessary to keep the Internet stable and secure in the midst of rapid technological change and rising contention. Examining a range of issues, the authors argue for maintaining a balance of powers via a distributed system of oversight — the multi-stakeholder model of governance — in which no one actor has outsized control.
Internet “fragmentation” is not a single issue but a constellation of questions crossing many layers of Internet infrastructure, involving many stakeholders, and with potential impacts that are not only technical but economic and political. Research commissioned by the Global Commission on Internet Governance and gathered in this volume provides an analysis of the nature and implications of Internet fragmentation, contributing to the evidentiary basis of policy making in this area.