The broad range of policy areas impacted by the Internet are an objective obstacle for many stakeholders to participate effectively in discussion and decision-making processes on Internet-related public policies. The European Commission has carried out a feasibility study to look into the different solutions to create a platform that would help overcoming the problems of information overlap, overload, fragmentation and complexity.
The concept of the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO) has been firstly formulated by the Commission in May 2013 and the commitment to the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.
The objectives of the Observatory are to provide:
The launch of the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO) will be seed funded by the European Commission, although the aim is to build a "multi-stakeholder alliance" around GIPO.