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Global Commission on Internet Governance concludes meeting in Ghana

Accra, GhanaAugust 26, 2015The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has concluded its meeting on August 26 in Accra, Ghana.

Chaired by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, the GCIG is a two-year initiative launched in January 2014 by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House. The Commission’s work will culminate in a final report in 2016 that will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.

Held from August 25-26, the GCIG’s meeting in Ghana consisted of a productive discussion on a variety of priority areas, including:

  • Sustainable Development Goals and broadband penetration
  • Internet, trade and economic development, and innovation
  • Capacity building and Internet governance
  • Internet access as a human right

The GCIG also met with Africa-based stakeholders to discuss issues of online security, privacy and freedom of expression, as well as development, transformation and information communication technology. The next meeting of the GCIG will take place in September 2015 in Bangalore, India. The GCIG’s final report will be released in 2016.

For more information on the Global Commission on Internet Governance, including its twenty-nine commissioners and thirty-nine research advisers, please visit: www.ourinternet.org. Follow the commission on Twitter at: @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 www.cigionline.org.
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is based in London. Chatham House’s mission is to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all. The institute: engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debates and confidential discussions about significant developments in international affairs; produces independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities; and offers new ideas to decision-makers and -shapers on how these could best be tackled from the near- to the long-term. For more information, please visit www.chathamhouse.org.
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