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16.04.2015 Press Release

Global Commission on Internet Governance calls for new global social compact to protect digital privacy and security

By Nana Fosu Nyante
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The Hague, Netherlands - April 15, 2015 - The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) today called for a new global social compact to protect digital privacy and security.

Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security was presented at a press conference in The Hague today by Carl Bildt, chair of the GCIG and former prime minister of Sweden, on behalf of the GCIG. The entire statement can be read at:

'It is now essential that governments, collaborating with all other stakeholders, take steps to build confidence that the right to privacy of all people is respected on the Internet,' the document states. The commission's social compact is a proposed framework in which all actors worldwide ' governments, individuals, private corporations, the technical community and Internet users ' have a responsibility to act not only in their own interests, but also in the interest of the Internet ecosystem as a whole.

The GCIG statement on digital privacy and security calls for governments to act in the following areas:

  1. privacy and personal data protection as a fundamental human right
  2. the necessity and proportionality of surveillance
  3. legal transparency and redress for unlawful surveillance
  4. safeguarding online data and consumer awareness
  5. big data and trust
  6. strengthening private communications
  7. no back doors to private data
  8. public awareness of good cyber-security practices
  9. mutual assistance to curtail transborder cyber threats

The Global Commission on Internet Governance is meeting The Hague April 14 and 15, 2015. The meeting coincides with The Hague Security Delta's Cyber Security Week and the 2015 Global Cyber

Space Conference in The Hague.
In addition to the proposed new global social compact, the GCIG at its meeting in The Hague is also discussing:

Geopolitically motivated cyber attacks

  1. Critical infrastructure protection and the role of governments, private actors and individuals
  2. Building trust through international agreements and security solutions

The GCIG is a two-year initiative launched by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House. With twenty-nine commissioners and thirty-six research advisers, the GCIG will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance. To read the

GCIG's communiqu' from The Hague and for more information on the GCIG, please visit: Follow the Commission on Twitter @OurInternetGCIG.

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