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Global Commission on Internet Governance welcomes five international experts to Research Advisory Network

Waterloo, CanadaMay 16, 2014The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) is pleased to welcome five international experts to its Research Advisory Network (RAN), increasing the committee to 30 members.

The Global Commission is a two-year initiative launched in January 2014, by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House. Chaired by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, the commission will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.

The new RAN members include:

  • Tim Maurer, research fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. Maurer focuses on cyberspace and international affairs and his research has been published and featured by national and international print, radio and television media, including Foreign Policy, CNN and Slate among others. He conducts academic research as a non-resident research fellow at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.
  • Young-eum Lee, a professor in the Department of Media Arts and Sciences at Korea National Open University. She has been involved in various Internet governance policy making processes of the Korean domain name .kr at KISA (KRNIC), and has also been involved in global Internet governance activities at ICANN. Since 2003, she has been a council member of the ccNSO representing .kr in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Suk-Ho Bang, dean of the College of Law at Hongik University in Seoul. From 2008 to 2011, he led the Korea Information Society Development Institute, which is a broadcasting, telecommunications and Internet policy research institute founded by the Korean government. He has served on the board of the Korea Broadcasting System, co-chaired the Korean Association for Info-Media Law, and led the Cybercommunication Academic Society.
  • Kilnam Chon, a professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and also taught at Keio University and Tsinghua University. He developed the first Internet in Asia, called SDN in 1982, and his pioneering work inspired many others to promote the Internet’s further growth in the region. He has founded various regional Internet organizations such as Asia Pacific Networking Group, Asia Pacific Advanced Network, and Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name.
  • Youn Jung Park, a professor in the Department of Technology and Society at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea. Prior to her work at SUNY Korea, she was a senior research fellow at Economics of Infrastructure section (EvI) at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. In 2003, she was the co-founder of the UN WSIS Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus.

The commission’s RAN, led by CIGI Senior Fellow Laura DeNardis, will assist in identifying and prioritizing Internet governance and Internet policy related issues within the commission’s mandate. Members of the RAN will provide expert briefings to the members of the commission and conduct research and analysis for the commission’s preparatory work and final report.

The thirty member network consists of:

  • Sunil Abraham
  • Izumi Aizu
  • Peng Hwa Ang
  • Suk-Ho Bang
  • Subimal Bhattacharjee
  • Kilnam Chon
  • David Clark
  • Sadie Creese
  • Leslie Daigle
  • Oleg Demidov
  • William Dutton
  • Lorraine Eden
  • Laurent Elder
  • Patrik Fältström
  • Tobias Feakin
  • Urs Gasser
  • Clem Herman
  • Jeanette Hofmann
  • Konstantinos Komaitis
  • Young-eum Lee
  • Ronaldo Lemos
  • Meryem Marzouki
  • Tim Maurer
  • Youn Jung Park
  • Carolina Rossini
  • Michael Schmitt
  • Emily Taylor
  • Rolf H. Weber
  • Andrew Wyckoff
  • Christopher S. Yoo

Additional RAN members will be confirmed over time. For more information on the GCIG, including its 29 commissioners and 30 research advisers, please visit: Follow the commission on Twitter @OurInternetGCIG.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit
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