Global Commission on Internet Governance

Address: 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 6C2


Stakeholder group: NGOs and associations

The Global Commission on Internet Governance was launched in January 2014, by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chatham House.

The aim of the Commission is to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. It informs feasible and concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance, by providing a framework for 'One Internet' that is inclusive, trustworthy, safe and open for everyone.

The GCIG conducts and supports independent research on Internet-related dimensions of public policy. Some of the issues that the Commission has focused on include online privacy, digital rights, cybersecurity, Internet freedom, and access. 

The Commission is composed by 29 members representing a range of Internet governance stakeholders and geographic regions. A global Research Advisory Network supported the Commission, producing various research papers on topics such as Internet fragmentation, human rights, access, security, trade and intellectual property, and multistakeholderism. 

In June 2016, the Commission published the ‘One Internet’ report, which outlines a series of recommendations to policy makers, private industry, the technical community and other stakeholders on modalities for maintaining a ‘healthy Internet’. It tackles aspects such as: the promotion of a safe, open and secure Internet, human rights for digital citizens, the responsibilities of the private sector, safeguarding the stability and resiliency of the Internet’s core infrastructure, and improving multistakeholder Internet governance.