Carl Bildt, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair a new Global Commission on Internet Governance, launched by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).
Announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, the Global Commission is a two-year initiative that will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.
“In most countries, increased attention is being given to all the issues of net freedom, net security and net governance. And they are, in my view, closely related to each other. The rapid evolution of the net has been made possible by the open and flexible model by which it has evolved and been governed. But increasingly this is coming under attack,” said Carl Bildt. “And this is happening as issues of net freedom, net security and net surveillance are increasingly debated. Net freedom is as fundamental as freedom of information and freedom of speech in our societies.”
The commission will include about 25 members drawn from various fields and from around the world, including policy and government, academia and civil society.
The Global Commission on Internet Governance will encourage globally inclusive public discussions and debates on the future of Internet governance through a public consultation platform, and through other institutional, media, and academic channels. It will create and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance that can act as a rallying point for states that are striving for a continued free and open Internet.
The commission will focus on four key themes:
- Enhancing governance legitimacy;
- Stimulating innovation;
- Ensuring human rights online;
- Avoiding systemic risks.
“The work of this vitally important undertaking will be supported by a highly innovative research program at both CIGI and Chatham House as well as widespread stakeholder consultations with civil society and the private sector. The Commission’s work is also intended to build on a number of important strategic dialogues that are already underway and to feed into ongoing policy discussions at the global level,” said Fen Osler Hampson, Director of the Global Security & Politics Program at CIGI.
“The issue of Internet governance is set to become one of the most pressing global public policy issues of our time. The Commission will work to develop ideas and propose a policy framework that enhances the legitimacy of Internet governance whilst preserving innovation. Chatham House is honoured to partner with Foreign Minister Bildt and CIGI in the Global Commission on Internet Governance,” said Dr. Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House.
Members of the commission currently include the following:
Carl Bildt, Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance / @carlbildt
Carl Bildt has been Sweden’s foreign minister since 2006, and was Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994, when he negotiated Sweden’s EU accession. A renowned international diplomat, he served as EU Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, UN Special Envoy to the Balkans, and Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference.
Gordon Smith, Deputy Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance /@GordonSmithG20
A former Canadian deputy foreign minister, NATO ambassador and G7/G8 sherpa, Gordon Smith is a distinguished fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He has been a key contributor to CIGI’s G20 research activities, events and publications; his current work focuses on the convergence of technology and global affairs.
Dominic Barton is the global managing director of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He served as McKinsey’s chairman in Asia from 2004 to 2009, based in Shanghai, and led McKinsey’s office in Korea from 2000 to 2004. Dominic is an active participant in many international fora, including the World Economic Forum, Le Cercle des Économistes: Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council, and the China Development Forum.
Pablo Bello / @pablobello
Pablo Bello Arellano is a Chilean economist, expert in telecommunications and economic regulation. Pablo was appointed Secretary General of the Asociación Iberoamericana de Centros de Investigación y Empresas de Telecomunicaciones (AHCIET) in June 2011. During the presidency of Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010), he served as Vice-Minister of Telecommunications. Before that, he held the position of Director of the Division of Studies and Regulatory Policy within the Subsecretariat of Telecommunications of Chile.
Pascal Cagni is an Independent Director at Kingfisher and Vivendi. He is a Business Angel in multiple start ups of the digital economy. From 2000 to 2012, Pascal led Apple EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, Africa) to become the largest and fastest growing region for Apple. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris, holds a Master in Law, an MBA from HEC Paris and graduated from the Executive Program (EPGC) at Stanford, having been the Auditor of the 63e IHEDN Promotion.
Moez Chakchouk / @mchakchouk
Moez Chakchouk is Chairman and CEO of the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI), the primary Internet service provider in Tunisia. Moez has served as a research engineer at the Centre of Telecommunication Studies and Research (CERT), Director of Interconnection and Access at the Telecommunications Regulation Authority (INT) and Adviser to the Minister of Communications Technology. He holds a Master of Science and Ph.D. in telecommunications and applied mathematics.
Dae-Whan Chang is Chairman of the Maekyung Media Group, which includes the Maeil Business Newspaper and Maeil Broadcasting Network (MBN). He served as Acting Prime Minister of Korea (2002), Chairman of the Korean Association of Newspaper (2005-2010) and Chairman of the Board at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts (2008-2011). He serves as Member of the National Competitiveness Council, Board Member of World Association of Newspapers and Founder and Executive Chairman of World Knowledge Forum.
Michael Chertoff was secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, he served as a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Michael is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Anriette Esterhuysen / @anriette
A resident of Johannesburg, South Africa, Anriette Esterhuysen is the Executive Director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network and non-profit organization committed to providing affordable Internet access to all people to enhance social justice and development. She was previously executive director of The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), where she helped establish Internet connectivity in South Africa.
Hartmut Glaser / @hartmutglaser
Hartmut Glaser is executive secretary of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of LACNIC. He has served as special adviser to the dean of Escola Politécnica at the University of São Paulo, special adviser to the rector of the University of São Paulo, and special adviser to the president of the Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo.
The Director-General of Ghana’s Advanced Information Technology Institute, the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), Dorothy Gordon is at the vanguard of ICT development in Africa. Under her leadership, AITI-KACE seeks to bring African innovation to African consumers to forge a sustainable industry of communication technology. Dorothy sits on the board of several technology-based organizations.
Dame Wendy Hall / @DameWendyDBE
Dame Wendy Hall is professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, and dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, the influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and emerging research discipline of Web Science.
Fen Osler Hampson
Fen Osler Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the global security & politics program at CIGI. He has served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and is concurrently chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent commentator and contributor to international media.
Melissa Hathaway is a CIGI distinguished fellow and President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC. She is also a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and is the Chairman of the Council of Experts for the Global Cyber Security Center in Italy. She served in two US presidential administrations, where she spearheaded the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and led the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush. Melissa is a frequent keynote speaker on cyber security matters, and regularly publishes papers and commentary in this field.
Patricia Lewis / @PatriciaMary
Patricia Lewis is research director of international security at Chatham House. She conducts projects in the area of cyber security, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, biosecurity, conventional arms trade and space security. In previous positions, she has been deputy director and scientist-in-residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College, and director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.
Mathias Müller von Blumencron / @mtblumencron
Journalist Mathias Müller von Blumencron is editor-in-chief digital media at the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Prior to his current appointment, Mathias was an editor-in-chief of Germany’s leading weekly Der Spiegel, where he managed all digital products, and editor-in-chief of Spiegel Online, which he built into Germany’s most successful and award-winning news site. He has served as a business correspondent in Germany, Washington and New York.
Beth Simone Noveck / @bethnoveck
Beth Simone Noveck, founder and director of The Governance Lab, is a visiting professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the MIT Media Lab. Currently on leave from the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, she served in the White House as the first United States deputy chief technology officer and is founder of the White House Open Government Initiative.
Joseph S. Nye / @Joe_Nye
Joseph Nye is a university distinguished service professor and former dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He has served as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs, chair of the National Intelligence Council, and deputy under secretary of state for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.
Sir David Omand
Sir David Omand was the first UK security and intelligence coordinator from 2002 to 2003 as Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office. Previously, he was Permanent Secretary of the UK Home Office and Director of GCHQ (the UK Sigint and cyber security agency). He has a degree in mathematics and theoretical physics and a Master’s in Economics. He is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge and is Senior Independent Director of Babcock International Group PLC. His book Securing the State is published by Hurst (UK) and Oxford University Press (US).
Nii Quaynor / @niinarkuquaynor
Nii Quaynor is chairman of the Board of Directors at National Information Technology Agency. He pioneered Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for nearly two decades, establishing some of Africa’s first Internet connections and helping set up key organizations, including the African Network Operators Group. He is a member of the IGF Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group.
Latha Reddy, born in India in 1951, was educated at Madras and Bangalore Universities, and holds a Master’s degree in English Literature. She served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975 to 2011. She was Ambassador of India to Portugal and Thailand and Consul-General in Durban, South Africa. She was Secretary (East) in the Indian Foreign Ministry, overseeing Indian foreign policy in Asia. She also has extensive experience in multilateral and regional diplomacy. She was appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat from 2011 to 2013, and has worked on a wide variety of strategic and security issues, including cyber security.
Marietje Schaake / @MarietjeSchaake
Marietje Schaake is a Dutch Member of the European Parliament with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Before joining parliament, she worked as an independent adviser on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights and integration.
Tobby Simon is the president of Synergia Foundation, a think tank in India that works closely with industry, polity and academia to establish leading edge practices through applied research in the domains of geo politics, geo economics and geo security. He has been an adviser to several international organizations such as The World Health Organization , The European Union and served as the Regional Director for The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).
Michael Spence / @amspence98
Michael Spence is the William R. Berkley Professor in Economics and Business at the Stern School of Business, New York University. A Rhodes Scholar, he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001, and the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economics Association in 1981. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society.
Paul Twomey / @PaulDTwomey
Paul Twomey was the CEO and president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2003 to 2009. He has held executive positions within the Australian Government’s foreign trade organization and has served as CEO of the National Office for the Information Economy. He is former senior consultant with McKinsey & Company. Paul is also the founder of Argo P@cific, a high-level international advisory firm.
Pindar Wong is the chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd., a discrete Internet infrastructure consultancy. He serves on the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Government, the School of Engineering Advisory Committee HKUST, the Technical Advisory Board of the Packet Clearing House, the W3C Web Payments Community Group and as the co-public lead of Creative Commons Hong Kong.
Laura DeNardis, Director of Research of the Global Commission on Internet Governance / @LauraDeNardis
A scholar of Internet architecture and governance, Laura DeNardis is a CIGI senior fellow and professor at American University. She is an affiliated fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. She is a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network.
Additional commission members will be confirmed over time.
“For many people, Internet governance sounds technical and esoteric, but the reality is that the issues are ‘high politics’ and of consequences to all users of the Internet, present and future,” said CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith, who is deputy chair of the new commission.
“Internet governance is too important to be left just to governments. The Internet is a fundamental part of the global economy and how we manage its future will be decisive in facilitating development for all. Finding a way through the issues of access, privacy, security, protection and surveillance requires in-depth consideration and the wisdom that the Global Commission will provide,” said Dr. Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security Department, Chatham House.
For more information on the Global Commission on Internet Governance, please visit: www.ourinternet.org. Follow the commission on twitter @OurInternetGCIG.
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