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20th Anniversary

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The Internet Society's 20th anniversary was in 2012

One of the founding principles of the Internet's design is openness and, in 1992, a small group of Internet pioneers came together to make sure it stayed that way

This simple act laid the foundation for the Internet Society – dedicated to helping keep the Internet open, accessible, and defined by you, regardless of where you live, what you do, or who you are.

A Few Things We Did For Our 20th...


Global INET 2012

We celebrated our first 20 years at our Global INET event which took place 22-24 April 2012 in Geneva Switzerland. The event featured high-powered keynote speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions and interactive workshops to set a course for the explosive growth of the Internet over the next 20 years.

Launched the Internet Hall of Fame

To highlight the Internet’s profound impact on our world, the Internet Society has established an Internet Hall of Fame whch identifies, recognizes, and celebrates individuals who have fuelled the development of the Internet and used it to transform the lives of people throughout the world.

Internet Wishing Tree

We created the Internet Wishing Tree where we encouraged people to add their thoughts and hopes for the future if the Internet.

History of the Internet Society Video

  • Watch our 20th anniversary video featuring interviews with Internet Society founders Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn as well as Raúl Echeberría, the Chairmain of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, and Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society.