Global Public Policy Institute

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) is an independent non-profit think tank based in Berlin. Our mission is to improve global governance through research, policy advice and debate in seven issue areas ranging from humanitarian action and human rights over peace and security to internet politics.

Within our Global Internet Politics program, we are committed to developing the internet as a free, open and secure space. We aim to make a contribution toward sound political choices on the future of the internet through research and policy advice, as well as through building strategic communities. Our work capitalizes on GPPi's expertise on rising powers, peace and security, and multi-stakeholder processes.

Within the Global Internet Politics program, our work focuses on three themes:

  • We aim to provide a deeper understanding of – and engage in – debates over norms in cyberspace.
  • We look at the processes and institutions that make up global internet governance. To this end, we analyze the balance of powers between private industry, technical institutions, governments and civil society in multi-stakeholder internet governance processes.
  • Our third theme is data politics, that is, the disputes over the appropriate collection and use of data. We want to know how to harness the potential of big data without sacrificing fundamental rights.

One of our current projects is called Transatlantic Dialogues on Security and Freedom in the Digital Age. Jointly run by GPPi and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the project brings together experts from Europe and the US to debate and research the balance between security and freedom. The end products include a paper that examines proposals for “technological sovereignty” as well as a report on the history and evolution of institutional models for Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and the implications of transnational and international CERT-to-CERT cooperation (to be published in April 2015).

GPPi is an Affiliated Participant.