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.