THE GIIC

is an independent, non-governmental initiative involving leaders from developing as well as industrialized countries.

WHO WE ARE

The Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) is an independent, non-governmental initiative involving information and communications related industry leaders from developing, as well as industrialized, countries. The GIIC was initiated from G7 and World Bank concerns in the mid-1990s regarding the economic impact of a digital divide. Importantly, GIIC has been established to respond to the recognition that traditional institutions and regulatory frameworks can no longer meet the increasingly complex challenges and opportunities of globalized information.

Twenty years since GIIC’s inception, globalization and new information and communication technologies continue to be disruptive, creating new paradigms of economic growth, political liberty and citizen action. Indeed, information infrastructure has a profound impact on international, national, regional and individual interests. Four factors stand out:

1. Developing as well as industrialized countries have a high stake in information infrastructure development;
2. The burdens and opportunities of developing information infrastructure are shifting away from governments to the private sector;
3. Private sector insights and foresights are essential to shaping policies that are effective in implementing information infrastructure that is economical and safe; and
4. The policy challenges, as well as the markets for information infrastructure, are truly global in scope.

The information revolution is upon us all and is occurring in a chaotic way. There are often different interests at work with agendas that are at odds with each other. The GIIC is committed to providing a unique, neutral and objective platform for its Commissioners to advance ideas that promote the implementation of information infrastructure around the world.

ABOUT US

 

Our Commissioners

 

The GIIC is highly selective in seating its Commissioners. Two categories of criteria are used.

The first category concerns the perspectives represented. The Commission seeks perspectives that strive toward a sense of completeness for a global discussion on information infrastructure. Therefore, considerations such as the following are an important factor in each Commissioner’s selection:

  • geographic region,
  • stage of economic development,
  • corporate size and market share,
  • technology type and evolution, and
  • role in information infrastructure supply chain or lifecycle.

The second category has three components and concerns the individual:

  • the individual has world-class credentials relative to information infrastructure,
  • the individual envisions and articulates solutions for information infrastructure beyond the scope of vested interests, and
  • the individual exhibits disproportionate positive influence on information infrastructure.

Over the years, nearly one hundred Chairmen, CEOs and Presidents of major international corporations, as well as exceptional thought leaders have served as Commissioners of the GIIC. In order to represent a real-world microcosm of the world’s information infrastructure, the make-up of the Commission: includes each of the “ingredients” (e.g., hardware, software, networks, policy, etc.) of information infrastructure, spans the wide variety of roles throughout the technology lifecycle and supply chain (research, development, operations, stakeholders, etc.), brings to the table diverse business postures (start-ups to incumbents), representative of the world’s geographic regions and features, and engages throughout the range of economic development maturity levels

Our Mission

The mission of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) is to foster private sector leadership and private-public sector cooperation in the development of information networks and services to advance global economic growth, education and quality of life.

Our Goals

Reinforce the role of the private sector as critical to the development of the global information infrastructure.

  • Capitalize on high-level policy principles developed by the GIIC.
  • Promote the involvement of developing countries in the building and utilization of a truly global and open information infrastructure.
  • Cooperate with and work through international organizations for the harmonization of global policies.
Our Policy Focus
At the GIIC Annual Meeting in Cologne, Germany in 1997, the Commission determined a number of policy issues on which to focus its attention. The three primary focus areas for the GIIC are Global Electronic Commerce, GII Development, and Education in the Information Age; however, the Commission also still works on those issues determined at its creation. In 1995-1996, GIIC Policy and Applications Task Forces drafted papers that focused on seminal issues on the GII as identified byGIIC Commissioners. By examining policy options and promoting collaboration between governments, the private sector, and international organizations the GIIC aims to harmonize regulations and standards to support the development of the global information infrastructure. GIIC papers were made subject to review by every Commissioner, and hence have a truly international perspective. Also available are some GII Solutions that our Commissioners’ companies have put together.
Our Staff
KARL FREDERICK RAUSCHER
Managing Director & CEO

DAN O’NEILL
Executive Director

RICHARD KROCK
Chief Editor & Director

MICHAEL LITHERLAND
Director, Strategic Programs

ARTHUR MENKO
Director, Research & Statistics

QIHENG HU
Advisor

JOHN LUKE LAUBE
Director, Information Design & Technology

MICHAEL DENG
Specialist, Editorial Analysis & Translation

KYLIE CUCALON
Specialist, Editorial Analysis & Translation

 

WHAT WE DO

The GIIC serves as a bridge between disparate players and business communities around the world, thus fostering the global dialogue necessary to address critical issues in building the global information infrastructure. The GIIC has established on-going policy dialogues with governments and international organizations, providing them with pragmatic advice and input as they transition to the new body of law needed to support a secure, seamless global communications environment.

The thrust of the GIIC’s new charter as the “Forum for the Global Information Infrastructure” is to freely and openly discuss the issues surrounding the development of the GII, and to work with governments, international organizations and other private sector entities to chart a course toward a stable, predictable environment for the global information infrastructure.

Within the forum structure Commissioners discuss issues affecting their business, or the future development of the global economy. This encourages the introduction of new ideas from a variety of perspectives and reinforces the GIIC’s ability to create linkages and build bridges between disparate players within the global information infrastructure.