The GCIG was founded in the margins of the World Economic Forum 2014 by two international think tanks, the Britisch Chatham House and the Canadian Centre for International Governance, with a mandate to develop recommendations for future Internet governance policies. Chaired by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, the commission was made up of 29 members from various fields and from around the world.
The CGIG presented its final report at the OECD Ministerial Conference in Cancún, Mexico, in June 2016. The 200-page report contains a number of possible scenarios for the future of the Internet and articulates over 30 recommendations. The fundamental recommendation of the Commission is to strengthen the multistakeholder approach.