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Global Commission on Internet Governance

Posted by malcolm on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 11:22

A new “Global Commission on Internet Governance” has been established, chaired by Sweden’s Foreign Minister and ex-PM Carl Bildt. The 26 member panel will spend two years producing a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. The Commission, organised by Chatham House and the Canadian think-tank the Centre for International Governance Innovation will focus on four key themes:

  • Enhancing governance legitimacy — including regulatory approaches and standards;
  • Preserving innovation — including critical Internet resources, infrastructure and competition policy;
  • Ensuring rights online — including establishing the principle of technological neutrality for human rights, privacy, cyber-crime and free expression;
  • Avoiding systemic risk — including establishing norms regarding state conduct, cybercrime cooperation, and proliferation and disarmament issues.

Members of the Commission include Sir David Omand, former Director-General of GCHQ, the Dutch liberal MEP and Internet rights campaigner Marietje Schaake, former ICANN CEO Paul Twomey and Moez Chakchouk, the Chair and CEO of the Tunisian Internet Agency.

With over 740 members connecting from over 72 different countries worldwide, LINX members have access to direct routes from a large number of diverse international peering partners.

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