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  • 2010

  • European Bureau map

    Internet Society Establishes European Bureau

    January 2010
    European Bureau map

    Internet Society Establishes European Bureau

    January 2010

    The Internet Society opens its Regional Bureau in Europe in Brussels at the start of 2010. The Bureau focuses on engagement with the European Internet community on policy, regulatory, and technology issues; serves as a technical resource for policy makers who need to address issues related to the Internet and its future; builds partnerships with key stakeholders at the European and national levels; and works with key European decision-makers to promote a realistic model of the Internet based on the values of openness and transparency.

  • North America Bureau map

    Internet Society Establishes North American Bureau

    January 2010
    North America Bureau map

    Internet Society Establishes North American Bureau

    January 2010

    The Internet Society’s Regional Bureau in North American is opened in Washington, DC. The Bureau focuses on engagement and consultation with policymakers on issues such as US and Canadian strategies to increase high-speed Internet access, promoting Internet innovation, and confronting the challenges of the digital economy; serving as an important voice encouraging continued commitment to private-sector leadership, a collaborative approach to technology development, and the free flow of information online; and developing partnerships that demonstrate strong support for principles of openness and bottom-up decision-making in the regional policy dialogue.

  • First African Peering Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Held in Nairobi

    11-12 August 2010

    First African Peering Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Held in Nairobi

    11-12 August 2010

    Despite Africa’s growing regional network infrastructure, most of African cross-border traffic exchange is exchanged in Europe and North America. The Internet Society organizes the first African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) as a multi-stakeholder conference to address interconnection, peering, and traffic exchange challenges and opportunities for Africa.

    Held annually, AfPIF aims to foster national and cross-border interconnection opportunities by providing a forum where key players from infrastructure and service providers, IXPs, regulators, and policy makers can engage in a relaxed but businesslike environment, sharing their experiences and learning from experts in the field.

  • First Meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), St. Maarten

    15-19 August 2010

    First Meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), St. Maarten

    15-19 August 2010

    With the Internet Society as a founding partner, the first meeting of CaribNOG convenes a rich community of network operators dedicated to exchanging technical information and experiences related to the management of IP networks in the Caribbean region.

    CaribNOG collaborates with regional and international organizations and stakeholders to facilitate capacity building and professional networking activities. Its initiatives include technical workshops, seminars, research papers, and annual meetings.

  • First Meeting of the Network Operators Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNOG), Sao Paulo

    19-22 October 2010

    First Meeting of the Network Operators Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNOG), Sao Paulo

    19-22 October 2010

    The first meeting of Network Operators Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNOG) convenes technologist and operational experts from leading Internet providers, equipment manufacturers, organizations responsible for Internet coordination, and the academic networking community—providing a forum for the discussion and exchange of information on key operational issues impacting the Internet in the region.

    LACNOG is an initiative of the Internet Society and the region’s Internet community who, seeing a need for a pan-regional network operators group in Latin America, work together to make it happen. The event brings together people in the region responsible for the creation, maintenance, and operation of Internet networks and provides a forum for discussion, coordination, and the exchange of best practices between networking professionals.

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    Internet Society Launches Deploy360 Programme

    December 2011
    Deploy360 logo

    Internet Society Launches Deploy360 Programme

    December 2011

    The Deploy360 Programme serves as a bridge between the IETF standards process and adoption of those standards by the global operations community for such technologies as IPv6, DNSSeC, and Routing Resiliency and Security.

    IPv6 deployment efforts, in particular, confront the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses and deepen the Internet Society’s commitment to deploy IPv6 in developing countries via hands-on training workshops, facilitation of experience-sharing among operators, and increased awareness of IPv6 deployment imperatives.

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    Global INET Geneva

    22-24 April 2012
    Global INET logo

    Global INET Geneva

    22-24 April 2012

    To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Internet Society holds its first global INET conference since 2004. Global INET 2012 carries the theme “Meeting at the Crossroads: Imagining the Future Internet” and, as a prelude, features a collaborative leadership exchange centered on this same topic. The conference serves as the forum for the inaugural inductions into the newly created Internet Hall of Fame and closes with keynote remarks by IHOF inductee and founding president of ISOC Vint Cerf. 

  • The African Union Commission Selects the Internet Society for the Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carrier Workshops of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) Project

    6 February 2014

    The African Union Commission Selects the Internet Society for the Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carrier Workshops of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) Project

    6 February 2014

    Capacity building workshops to support the establishment of national and regional Internet Exchange Points

    The Internet Society announced that it has been selected by the African Union Commission (AUC) for the Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carrier Workshops of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project. The AXIS project is focused on keeping Africa’s Internet traffic local to the continent by providing capacity building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of National Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa. 

    Under the new AXIS contract, the Internet Society will conduct Capacity Building workshops focused on best practices and benefits of setting up Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carriers. The Internet Society will partner with AFRINIC and other organizations in Africa and around the world to conduct workshops in each of the five AUC geographical regions over the next 18 months.

    As part of this agreement, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in partnership with the AUC and the Internet Society are currently undertaking the first Regional workshop on best practices and benefits of setting up Regional Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carriers from 3-7 February 2014 in Gaborone, Botswana. Attendees at the workshop include more than one hundred experts from Ministries, regulatory agencies, IXPs, and the private sector from the following countries of the SADC region: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

    In August 2012, the Internet Society announced that it had been selected by the AUC for the first contract under the AXIS project to conduct 60 Community Mobilization and Technical Aspects workshops in 30 African countries. To date, more than 30 workshops have been completed and a number of the countries where these workshops took place are expected to launch their IXPs in the first half of 2014, thus highlighting the sustainable efforts made by AXIS towards significantly changing the interconnection landscape of the entire African continent. As countries establish their own IXPs, Internet traffic will be routed locally, creating cost and performance benefits and stimulating growth in and distribution of local Internet content. 

    In spite of this progress, much of Africa’s regional Internet traffic is still routed through Internet Exchange Points external to the African continent, which is costly and an inefficient way to handle the inter-country exchange of Internet traffic. The regional exchange points that will be developed will help keep intra-African traffic within the continent.

    “The award of this contract reflects the success of the Internet Society’s work to date on AXIS, and we are very thankful to the African Union for this recognition and trust,” said Dr. Dawit Bekele, Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Africa. “The AXIS project is instrumental in developing a reliable and sustainable Internet infrastructure in Africa. The Internet Society has provided technical training in Africa for nearly 20 years, and we are very pleased to continue this important work.” 

  • ITU, GSMA and Internet Society Unite in Fight against Ebola

    03 November 2014

    ITU, GSMA and Internet Society Unite in Fight against Ebola

    03 November 2014

    At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GSMA and the Internet Society (ISOC), announced that they are joining forces to fight against Ebola. The three organizations will bring together the global telecommunications and Internet communities, to leverage their extensive reach, capacity and respective memberships to increase the effectiveness of information and communications technologies (ICTs), especially mobile communications and the Internet, for better preparedness, early warning and response.

    Secretary-General of the ITU, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré convened a special session with ITU membership during the Plenipotentiary Conference currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea, to identify recommendations for a more effective use of ICTs in the fight against Ebola.

    Dr Touré stated that: “The ICT Sector is critical in dealing with the Ebola threat. ICTs are already being used by ITU and its partners to support awareness raising and emergency communications, and our immediate challenge is to ensure regulatory barriers are removed to facilitate deployment and use of telecommunications applications for the purpose of saving lives. We will focus on innovative measures to increase the effective use of communications systems and applications. Human life has to be preserved and protected.”

    Dr Touré addressed Ministers, Regulators, Ambassadors, and other delegates and appealed to them to ensure that all measures are taken to facilitate the effective deployment of ICTs for addressing the Ebola crisis while balancing this with the need to protect consumer privacy.

    ITU has already deployed satellite terminals to support ongoing efforts and is currently developing new applications in close cooperation and coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO). The apps are being designed to improve awareness raising efforts, facilitate early warning alerts, report new cases of infection, and support coordination of humanitarian action at community, country and regional levels.

    The GSMA has led in coordinating and standardizing the response of mobile operators in affected countries, and has collaborated with the WHO to develop the “Ebola Mobile Response Blueprint”, which provides critical guidance for operators and regulators on running effective and best practice public health campaigns leveraging mobile technology. Director General of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot said: “The response effort to address the Ebola crisis is broad-ranging and complex, involving many different organizations globally. The mobile industry is committed to continuing to work closely with governments, international bodies and NGOs to utilize technology that will help address this outbreak, as well as deliver information to individuals in affected countries on symptoms, care and resources for this disease.”

    ISOC has set up the Ebola TECH Response Group aimed at harnessing the expertise of its extensive tech community around the world to aid the emergency response. Kathy Brown, CEO of ISOC said: “The spread of Ebola and the ravages that it is leaving behind in the affected countries in Africa are imprinting their mark on all of us and have a very personal impact on people in those communities and around the world. Like others, the ISOC community of staff, volunteers and members want to help. We have therefore come together to establish the Ebola TECH Response Group.”

    Combining the resources of all three organizations will facilitate knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas, tools and increase their accessibility to the humanitarian community, mobile operators and the general public.

  • GIR 2015

    Internet Society’s 2015 Global Internet Report: Mobile is Key to Fulfilling the Promise of Internet Connectivity for the Next Billion People (2015 GIR)

    07 July 2015
    GIR 2015

    Internet Society’s 2015 Global Internet Report: Mobile is Key to Fulfilling the Promise of Internet Connectivity for the Next Billion People (2015 GIR)

    07 July 2015

    Challenges remain as ‘affordability’ and ‘relevant content’ surpass ‘availability’ as main barriers to global Internet access

    The Internet Society released its 2015 Global Internet Report, the organization’s second annual report on the global state of the Internet. Focused on the impact of the mobile Internet, 2015 report shows that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use, and holds the key to fulfilling the promise of Internet connectivity for the next billion people.

    People are increasingly accessing the Internet through mobile devices. Today there are more than 3 billion people online and the mobile Internet offers hundreds of millions around the world their primary, if not only, means of accessing the Internet. In addition to providing access, benefits of the mobile Internet arise from using all the features embedded into smart devices, which are typically accessed via convenient apps.

    “We applaud this global shift in the Internet dynamic, with mobile playing a significant role in the rapid pace of new Internet users,” said Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown. “The Internet is truly global and every new user online benefits other users, for social interaction, economic opportunities and many other benefits that were previously unimaginable.”

    While the digital divide around the world is closing with the help of mobile, challenges still exist. One key finding of the report is that given the availability of the mobile Internet, affordability and lack of relevant content are now the main barriers to Internet access. Even taking into account regional variations, in most, if not all, countries, the availability of mobile Internet service far outpaces adoption rates, meaning that a significant number of people have access to service, but do not subscribe.

    There are numerous countries for which the cost of mobile Internet service is more than 5% or even 10% of average per capita income. Further, while a significant segment of the population can access and afford the mobile Internet, they do not yet have enough interest to begin using it. This can be attributed to language barriers and limited locally-relevant content, including a lack of access to major app stores in some countries, which limits the usefulness of a smart device.

    Apps are increasingly used as the primary means of interacting with the Internet, and the report highlights the many benefits of apps as well as the challenges. The vast majority of apps are native to a particular proprietary mobile platform, such as Android or Apple. This raises the costs for developers to make apps for all platforms and for consumers to switch between platforms, limiting choice and competition between platforms.

    “Today we associate the mobile Internet with a smart device that runs on a specific platform and provides access to the apps that we use,” suggests Michael Kende, Internet Society Chief Economist and author of the report. “While this has created amazing benefits for users and an entire app economy for developers, it locks users into a chosen platform and ultimately limits choices in a way that is new to the Internet.”

    The mobile Internet has allowed more people to access the Internet to do more things in more places. The report celebrates the role of the mobile Internet in shifting the digital divide debate from whether access is available, to whether the access is affordable and relevant. However, Kathy Brown notes that, “Despite the remarkable evolution of the mobile Internet, there are challenges that need to be addressed to ensure that all users – existing and future – enjoy the full benefits of access to the open Internet.”

    Report Highlights:

    • 94% of the global population is covered by a mobile network, 48% are covered by mobile broadband, and 28% have subscribed to mobile Internet services.
    • The gap between availability and adoption of mobile Internet is due to affordability and lack of relevant content. Policymakers should focus on filling this gap by making the services more affordable by removing taxes on equipment, devices, and services, and eliminating regulatory barriers for operators. Local hosting of content can also help lower costs by avoiding the use of relatively expensive international capacity to access content.
    • As demand increases, governments will need to ensure an adequate allocation of spectrum for mobile Internet use.
    • More than 80% of online time on mobile is spent on apps, as opposed to a browser. Even adding in desktop browsing, users spend more than 50% of overall online time using mobile apps.
    • Smart devices provide many useful services and features, such as location awareness and cameras; however these offerings raise increased privacy issues.
    • Usage of the mobile Internet depends on wireless interfaces and access to apps, which can lead to heightened security concerns.
    • An increasing reliance on mobile apps, combined with those apps being native to a particular proprietary mobile platform, raises the cost of creating apps for each platform, the cost for users switching between platforms, and thereby limits platform competition.
    • The web app environment enables developers to create websites with advanced features that can be installed on a mobile device with an icon similar to existing apps. Developers can create one web app for all platforms – consumers can easily move between platforms the way they switch browsers today – and new platforms can enter and compete on more of an even ground.
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    InterCommunity 2015

    7-8 July 2015
    ICOMM15

    InterCommunity 2015

    7-8 July 2015

    InterCommunity 2015, Internet Society's first virtual meeting of our entire community, is being designed to celebrate the Internet's ability to rise beyond boundaries and bring people together.

    The InterCommunity 2015 was hosted from SkyCity in Auckland, co-located with the InternetNZ NetHui conference. Forums were set up across Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe that will be interconnected as part of this global meeting. The Internet Society Board of Trustees, President and CEO Kathy Brown, and limited support staff were present in Auckland, while the Executive team and staff were positioned at regional events closest to their base cities.

    Recordings and Transcripts are available here.

  • Bnet logo

    Internet Society Boosts Global Internet Development with New Grants Programme (Launch of Beyond The Net)

    09 July 2015
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    Internet Society Boosts Global Internet Development with New Grants Programme (Launch of Beyond The Net)

    09 July 2015

    ‘Beyond the Net’ designed to support ideas that promote an open, secure Internet and enhance the Internet’s potential to empower people 

    The Internet Society today announced the launch of its new grants programme, Beyond the Net, which will support innovative ideas that promote the open development of a secure Internet and explore the potential of the Internet to empower people and communities.

    The Internet Society is a global organization with more than 70,000 members in 92 countries, and 110 volunteer-led Chapters. Under the new programme, as part of the Internet Society’s strategic focus on boosting Internet development initiatives around the world, Internet Society Chapters are able to apply for grants ranging from up to USD$3,500 ─ $30,000, depending on the project scope and length.  

    “Beyond the Net augments our long-standing support of community-based initiatives that advance Internet access, leadership, education, and development around the world,” said Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society.  “The Internet Society is committed to encouraging innovative and collaborative initiatives that support our mission of an open, global, resilient Internet for everyone.  We are proud to offer this new programme to further the important regional and local work of our Chapters.” 

    The Beyond the Net programme is focused on supporting Internet Society Chapter projects in one of three areas:

    • Access and Development:  Projects that provide equal development opportunities for all people by promoting the relevance, deployment, and adoption of the open Internet.
    • Open Standards, Security and Resilience: Projects and best practices that increase development and use of security and resiliency technologies, shape the evolution of online identity infrastructures, and improve choice and consent in the handling of user data Initiatives.
    • Policy environment: Projects that facilitate and promote global, regional, and local environments that enable the continuing evolution of an open Internet.

    The Internet Society has long supported community-based Internet projects, both operationally and financially.  Over the years, the Internet Society has helped fund more than 180 different projects on four continents, across a wide range of initiatives from education and policymaking, to the implementation of new standards and Internet Exchange Points. 

    For more information on Beyond the Net, visit www.internetsociety.org/beyondthenet

  • The Internet Society to “Shine the Light” on Digital Trailblazers

    08 March 2016

    The Internet Society to “Shine the Light” on Digital Trailblazers

    08 March 2016

    Global campaign to highlight women who are using the Internet to make a difference

    The Internet Society has launched a campaign aimed at recognizing the many contributions made by women today to the development and growth of the Internet. By encouraging others to “Shine the Light” on women who are using the Internet to innovate and make a difference in people’s lives, the organization hopes to celebrate the online achievements of women and draw attention to the issue of gender inequality when it comes to Internet access.

    Worldwide, there are an estimated 200 million fewer women than men online. In developed countries women and men have access to the Internet at comparable levels. But recent research by the Web Foundation shows that women in several developing countries are 50 percent less likely to be connected to the Internet than men in the same age group, where technical literacy levels and high costs are the two main barriers keeping women offline.

    Despite the fact that the number of women on the Internet lags behind that of men, once women do have access, they are most likely to use it in their daily lives. The same research highlights how many of these women are digital trailblazers, using the Internet to speak out on important issues and maximizing its potential to create opportunities in education, healthcare, government services and in organizing their families and communities for social, economic and political empowerment.

    Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society, said, “More than half the world’s population is still not using the Internet. The stark reality today is that the majority of this offline population is women. However, women are key to advancing the Internet’s development and in making sure that it is useful and relevant to other women. Smart, empowered women are already making enormous contributions to this effort and collectively, we must ensure that their voices are heard as an integral part of the dialogue to build a secure, resilient, globally connected ecosystem.”

    From engineers to activists to bloggers, the Shine the Light campaign will celebrate the voice of women on the Internet and promote their achievements. The Internet Society has worked with its community and members from around the world to bring the portraits of women and girls who are empowering themselves on the Internet today.

    Some of the women highlighted include Linda Liukas, a Programmer and programming instructor in Finland who raised $380,000 on Kickstarter to fund a coding book for children, and Nighat Dad, a lawyer and Internet activist who founded the Digital Rights Foundation and was part of TIME magazine's list of next generation leaders for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment.

    “Women bring distinct perspectives and skills to the Internet,” continued Brown. “They are uniquely positioned to champion breakthroughs using the Internet for equality, poverty alleviation, better security and many other challenges. The quality, relevance, and impact of the Internet will only be improved if the people who are building it are demographically representative of the people who are using it, so we must recognize the contribution that women are making today and the significant role they can play in the future evolution of the Internet.”

    Shine the Light encourages everyone to use the hashtag #shinethelight to nominate a woman who they think is creating opportunities for themselves and others through the Internet.

    For more information, please visit: www.internetsociety.org/shinethelight.

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    InterCommunity 2016

    21 September 2016
    ICOMM16

    InterCommunity 2016

    21 September 2016

    Why InterCommunity?

    • Unify the Internet Society community behind our shared global vision
    • Showcase the Internet as a powerful tool to create engagement and connections across distance and time
    • Create a “moment” for our global community of members to meet, share, and connect

    One Internet, One Society, One Meeting.

    Strategic Objectives of InterCommunity 2016

    • Create a community connection to ISOC’s 2016 Strategic Objectives Connecting the Unconnected and Restoring and Building Trust in the Internet – using the campaigns to share the success stories of our Chapters and Members
    • Position our Trustees as leading voices of our community, from our community – by hosting Trustees at Interactive Nodes
    • Provide an opportunity for community engagement on a global project – Future Internet Scenarios
    • Generate excitement for our rebranding effort and upcoming 25th Anniversary
    • Celebrate the Internet Society community – have fun!

The Internet Society and Outreach

The Internet Society’s outreach efforts have long included educational programs aimed at providing network engineers and operators with the skills they need to improve and enhance Internet connectivity, and development programs meant to build Internet capacity in all parts of the world. Clearly, these two concerns are closely interrelated, and have been so throughout the the Internet Society’s history.

The belief that Internet development is about people has informed the Internet Society’s outreach efforts from the beginning.  During the Internet Society’s first decade, its Developing Country Workshops trained the engineers who helped dozens of countries come online; today, the Internet Society’s support of local and regional Internet organizations brings together talent and expertise, while the Internet Society’s many Fellowship Programmes are nurturing the next generation of Internet talent.

Through initiatives such as these and by supporting local and regional solutions for building capacity, such as Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), the Internet Society has worked to bring about the ideal that “the Internet is for everyone”