Global Commission on Internet Governance concludes meeting in United Kingdom

West Sussex, United Kingdom February 17, 2015The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has concluded its meeting on February 15 at Wilton Park, in West Sussex, United Kingdom.

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 on February 15, the GCIG’s UK meeting consisted of a productive discussion on a variety of priority areas, including:

  • the World Summit on the Information Society review process;
  • specific and immediate threats to the free and open Internet;
  • developing norms in privacy and digital intelligence;
  • addressing cyber crime and the dark Web; and
  • enabling Internet access.

At the meeting, the GCIG reviewed two new GCIG research papers. The Impact of the Dark Web on Internet Governance and Cyber Security, by former US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Tobby Simon, president of the India-based Synergia Foundation, is now available online. The release of Sir David Omand’s Understanding Digital Intelligence and the Norms That Might Govern It is forthcoming. The next meeting of the GCIG will take place in April 2015 at The Hague, Netherlands. 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-six research advisers, please visit: Follow the commission on Twitter at:@OurInternetGCIG.

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