Putting the Internet back together: research volume explores fragmentation

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016
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Jalisco, Mexico Dec 7, 2016/ Korea IT Times –--As the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicks off, a new research volume from the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG), pulls together recent research on internet fragmentation and the threats it poses to an open and universal internet.

The first of six research volumes published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), A Universal Internet in a Bordered World: Fragmentation, Openness and Interoperability, the first of six research volumes, provides netizens and subject experts with a closer look at the most pressing issues in internet governance.

“There remains much work to be done on the challenges facing an open, secure and inclusive internet” said Laura Denardis, Director of Research for the Global Commission. “These research volumes provide a critical step for governments, the private sector, and other actors looking to bring the next billion online, and help keep the internet open and secure.”

With a forward from former Swedish Prime Minister and Chair of the Commission, Carl Bildt, this research volume includes chapters on the costs of a fragmented internet, the future of internet jurisdiction, internet universality and openness. This research was instrumental in informing the Global Commission’s recently released One Internet report, that was tabled this past June at the OECD Ministerial meeting.

“The Global Commission’s body of work represents the largest set of research materials on Internet governance to be currently available from any one source,” said Co-chair of the Global Commission Fen Hampson. “Led by Laura Denardis, this research volume helps pave out a vision for an open and secure internet with the aim of offering guidance on how to address new challenges as they emerge.”

The Commission is a two-year initiative of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, two independent think tanks who convened 29 commissioners and 39 research advisers to articulate and advance a strategic vision for Internet governance.

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