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.