Nowadays, many states, NGOs and others interested in Internet Governance are overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of information involved in relevant discussions. They have trouble getting feedback on issues like:
The Commission is helping set-up the GIPO tool to help everyone find their way in the Internet policy labyrinth and understand what is being discussed at key international events on Internet Governance, who does what and what positions different stakeholders adopt.
The idea is to crowd-source knowledge and expertise to develop a tool helping users understand and monitor Internet-policy regulatory and technological developments around the world. This way, everyone can get more involved in relevant international policy discussions, where important decisions on the future of the Internet are made. This will be particularly helpful for stakeholders in developing countries, helping them build capacity and increase expertise on Internet governance issues.
On this platform, you can:
The GIPO initiative is sponsored by the European Commission and carried out by a consortium of three specialised companies, selected through an open tender procedure.
The European Commission proposed the development of the Global Internet Policy Observatory in 2014 as a resource for the global community.
Also in 2014, the Commission conducted a feasibility study assessing over 30 available technological options and gathering ideas on a possible governance framework to manage the Observatory tool. In the same year, the Commission launched a tender for the technical development of an online platform for the Global Internet Policy Observatory. The contract was signed on 17 December 2014. The winning entity is a consortium of three companies: P.A.U. Education, Fundacion CTIC and Open Evidence.
In addition to the technical development of the GIPO technical platform, the consortium is tasked to conduct different activities to facilitate the involvement of different stakeholders in the project. GIPO will complement and cooperate with already existing relevant initiatives, including the Geneva Internet Platform, the Friends of the IGF and the recently released NETmundial Solutions Map.