It is understood and agreed that over 40% of the world’s population is online in some capacity and that the Internet is amazing in the way it has revolutionized the way in which people communicate worldwide. With the absence of a global governance institution to police the fast evolving technology and the proliferation of actors with Internet access as well as determine what is permissible, the gap between the 40% online and the 60% offline is widening. This is according the the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and their Global Governance Monitor.
First launched in 2009, the CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program and their digital and cyberspace policy program produced this interactive guide to assess the current global challenges of governing in cyberspace including privacy, online espionage, cybersecurity, trade, and freedom of expression. The Monitor used video, images, interactive maps, and text all to track the multilateral efforts to address the aforementioned challenges. The guide also monitors global cooperation and recommends policy options to potentially improve the world’s capacity to tackle other challenges like armed conflict and climate change.
It is the hope that with tools like this, the gaps in online access as well as in global governance will be quickly addressed.