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Q&A with Eva Frölich, new chair of the Internet Society's Board of Trustees

eva frolichOn August 4th, Ms. Eva Frölich was elected to the position of chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Internet Society. Ms. Frölich, who has been involved in the Internet environment for over two decades, has been a member of the Internet Society of her native Sweden since 1999. Below, she discusses her hopes for the Internet Society during her term as chair, and how the Internet Society will be addressing key Internet-related issues.

Questions and Answers

What are some of the key issues you'd like to see the Internet Society focus on over the next year?

There are numerous issues that are extremely important over the next 12 months. The ongoing discussions within WCIT and some of the proposed changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) Treaty are of great concern to the Internet Society.  We are strong advocates of a free and open Internet and will continue our work to ensure that the Internet remains open and transparent.
Our priorities include gaining acceptance of the Internet model, based on open interoperable standards and bottom-up multistakeholder collaboration. This model has fostered innovation and contributed to social and economic development for many years.  If the Internet is to continue as a platform for innovation and creativity, its open and decentralized nature must be preserved.
The Internet Society will continue to engage in its important work to educate, inform, and communicate with technology, business and government stakeholders, as well as the general public, to promote an open Internet for everyone.
What do you hope to achieve during your time as Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees?

I will continue the work undertaken by my predecessor, Raúl Echeberría, to increase awareness of the Internet Society and its mission throughout the world.  At the same time, I will focus on the long-term strategies of the organization that will help us to fulfill our mission and to be prepared for the opportunities and challenges ahead. 

In your opinion, what are the main benefits to becoming an Internet Society member?
If you agree with the Internet Society mission that the Internet should continue to be open and transparent, there is no better place to participate in programs and activities to ensure that this happens. Your voice will be heard! As an Internet Society member, you will be invited to various meetings around the globe where you can influence, learn from experts, and help to develop the infrastructure.
What role do you see Internet Society Chapters playing moving forward?
Chapters are very important to me. They have deep knowledge and insight of what´s happening in their regions and they are well connected to their national/local networks. Our more than 90 Chapters worldwide are active in promoting the significance of the Internet’s openness and transparency, and they provide valuable education within their country, which is extremely important. 

What is the Internet Society doing to address important issues, such as privacy, security, and illicit online activity?
The Internet Society is actively involved in a wide range of policy issues around the world. We operate collaboratively with governments, national and international organizations, civil society, the private sector and other parties to inform, educate, and encourage decisions about the Internet that conform with our core values. We articulate the consequences of different technology deployment choices that policymakers make or influence, and we conduct educational programs and provide forums for discussion of issues that affect Internet evolution, development, and use in technical, commercial, societal, and other contexts.

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