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Internet Society 2013 Annual Report

In 2013, the Internet Society continued to focus on its strategic priorities, marking important accomplishments in each area. We celebrated the one-year “launchiversary” of IPv6 with deployments far exceeding projections from a year earlier, and we inducted 32 Internet engineers, activists, innovators, and entrepreneurs into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Work continued with the African Union’s AXIS project to hold community mobilization and technical workshops to support IXP development in 30 African countries, and we held a well-attended AfPIF conference in Morocco. awarded the Internet Society a US$1.3 million grant to extend IXP development activities in emerging markets. This grant allowed for development of an IXP Toolkit, including a best practices guide and website, launched in early 2014, and is also supporting IXP development work in Latin American, the Caribbean, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

In the area of Internet governance, the Internet Society took an active role in the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) + 10 Review, hosted by UNESCO in partnership with other UN organizations, and in the ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF).

We closed 2013 with a farewell to Lynn St. Amour, our President and CEO of 15 years, and a welcome to our new President and CEO, Kathy Brown.


The Internet Society is the trusted, independent source for Internet information and thought leadership with a global perspective. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its Members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.

The Internet Society is a community of individual users around the world — a group that includes entrepreneurs and innovators, thinkers and doers, artists and activists, darers and dreamers. Our Organization Members include corporations, nonprofits, trade and professional organizations, foundations, educational institutions, government agencies, and other national and international organizations that share our commitment to an open and accessible Internet.

"2013 was a very busy year with many new challenges: Lynn St. Amour notified the Board and the community that she would step down as the Internet Society’s President and CEO at the end of her contract; revelations about the US NSA and other government surveillance programmes threatened the Internet’s fundamental principles; new Internet Governance meetings emerged, such as the 2014 Brazil meeting; and many questioned the sustainability of the Open Internet model..." Bob Hinden 

"Specifically, the Internet Society was able to expand our physical presence across the globe through increased support for Chapters and Members, as well as the establishment of Regional Bureaus. Through this deepened engagement, we significantly increased our impact. Today, we collaborate with our 100 Chapters, 65,000 Members, 152 Organization Members, partners within the Internet ecosystem, civil society, and business community, and with many intergovernmental organizations. We built our own strategic technical capability and increased our development efforts, and these programmes continue to be some of the most impactful. Finally, we built up a well-respected Policy expertise, tackling many critical issues across the world — inter alia net neutrality, intellectual property, human rights, security, and Internet Governance." Lynn St.Amour

Vision: The Internet is for everyone

Mission: To promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

Strategic Priorities: 

  1. Foster an open, innovative, and trusted Internet worldwide. 
  2. Advance policies and strategies that strengthen the Internet.
  3. Enable a vibrant organization and vital global community to advance the Internet.
  4. Empower people through unencumbered Internet use.

Digitally Empowering Rural India: This broadband Wi-Fi connectivity has already had impact on thousands of Sahariya tribespeople through digital literacy, telemedicine, entrepreneurial skill building, and access to information on modern agricultural practices and markets.

Internet Exchange Point IXP Development: The Internet Society has a grant from the African Union that focuses on African IXP development and capacity building. Internet Society teams are also working with local experts and Internet community partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to develop IXPs, build local capacity, and promote bottom-up IXP governance. The global IXP Toolkit project is helping to build capacity around the world by augmenting the work the regional teams are doing, holding “pre-” best practices workshops, and building out information through the IXP Toolkit Report and Portal.

Internet Governance and the Multi-Stakeholder Model: Key findings of the 2013 Multi-Stakeholder Governance Survey:

  1. Internet governance is of great importance.
  2. Multi-stakeholder governance is the only way forward for the Internet.
  3. Management of and responsibility for the Internet is vested in a combination of actors.
  4. The working definition of Internet Governance is a good starting point.
  5. Improvements on the definition of Internet governance should focus on three aspects, namely clarity, comprehensiveness, and precision. 

The Internet is successful in large part due to its unique model: shared global ownership, open standards development, and freely accessible processes for technology and policy development.

The Internet’s unprecedented success continues to thrive because the Internet model is open, transparent, and collaborative. The model relies on processes and products that are local, bottom-up and accessible to users around the world.

The Internet Society developed three interactive tutorials that will give you a great foundation when it comes to making informed choices about our unique online identities. 

Internet Society Community consists of individual members (65,000+ and Growing), Chapters (Connected Communities Around the World) and Organization Members (Leaders for Preservation and Positive Change).

Donors are a key part of the Internet Society’s vital community of supporters. As a result of their contributions, advances have been made in Internet security and resilience, with increases in regional connectivity and global outreach, fellowship and educational opportunities, and a growing number of projects bringing Internet access to local communities.

 During 2013, Internet Society Chapters in the Asia-Pacific Region conducted a number of workshops designed to promote the Internet Society’s mission and goals in their local areas.


The 2013 Internet Hall of FameJonathan B. Postel AwardApplied Network Research Prize Awards

The Community Grants Programme funds sustainable Internet community-based projects, covering topics such as Education, Supporting Women, Community Building, Disability Inclusion, Infrastructure, and Internet Governance.

In 2013, the Internet Society granted funding for 21 projects focused on enhancing the Internet ecosystem in underserved communities around the world. These projects are planned and brought to life by Internet Society Chapters and Global Members.

The Internet Society is at the heart of the Internet community and active in conferences and events around the world, many of which it organizes or supports directly. In 2013, we continued our tradition of convening the global Internet community on issues critical to the Internet’s continued growth and development, and in line with our vision of an Internet that is for everyone.

As we enter 2014, we find an Internet landscape changing at an accelerating pace, with new opportunities and challenges emerging more rapidly than at almost any other time in our history.

In this time of great change, the Internet Society stands firm in its commitment to lead from a core set of values and principles and to ensure that the fundamentals of an open, global Internet are nurtured and sustained so that all people around the world can benefit from the opportunities of the modern information society. The Internet Society’s vision, mission, and principles remain central to our work and future direction, as does our commitment to our four strategic objectives. 

Sun, 12/15/2013
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