Zorro, the AU High-Performance Computing (HPC) System supports the efforts of faculty and student researchers working with computationally intensive projects. The HPC system consists of 15 nodes (and one head node) each comprised of 12 Intel X5650 processors, with 24 GB of memory and 120 GB hard drives that can be used for high-speed parallel/distributed data processing. This structure allows researchers to significantly reduce computational time by breaking down large jobs into smaller, independent units, and simultaneously executing them. Jobs that usually take days or weeks to run can now be completed in a matter of a few hours.


The Global Commission on Internet Governance was established in January 2014, to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. Chaired by Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, the commission will inform concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance, by providing a framework both for coordination among advanced industrial democracies and for addressing the interests and values of states that are uncertain about the future of multi-stakeholder governance. Key issues to be addressed by the commission include governance legitimacy and regulation, innovation, online rights and systemic risk.

Launched by two independent global think tanks, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, the Global Commission on Internet Governance will help educate the wider public on the most effective ways to promote Internet access, while simultaneously championing the principles of freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas over the Internet.


The Internet Society engages in a wide spectrum of Internet issues, including policy, governance, technology, and development. We establish and promote principles that are intended to persuade governments to make decisions that are right for their citizens and each nation’s future. Everything we do is based on ensuring that a healthy, sustainable Internet is available to everyone – today and for the next billion users.


The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank focused on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI’s research programs focus on: global economy, global security & politics and international law. Founded in 2001, CIGI collaborates with several research affiliates and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of funding partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.


The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, development, and civil liberties. The project’s focus areas range from Media Law and Policy through Intellectual Property and Privacy to Foreign Affairs in the Internet Age (FAIA).



The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors.  At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.


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The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is an emerging scholarly community initiated in spring 2006 in conjunction with the UN Internet Governance Forum to: support the establishment of a global network of scholars specializing in Internet governance issues; promote the development of Internet governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study; advance theoretical and applied research on Internet governance, broadly defined, and; facilitate informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between scholars and Internet governance stakeholders. GigaNet papers can be found in their SSRN archive here.



The Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University prepares transformative disability policy leaders and serves as a collaborative “think tank” on disability policy through an interdisciplinary American University community; the Washington, DC and New York policy communities; and an unparalleled network of multistakeholder partners, with founding support from The Nippon Foundation.