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What is Internet Public Policy?

Our work is based upon our fundamental belief that the Internet is for everyone. In pursuing our objectives, we operate collaboratively and inclusively, working with governments, national and international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and other parties to reach decisions about the Internet that conform to our core values. A primary focus of our public policy work is Internet governance which in 2015 is focused on these three areas:

Our work is informed by the results of our March 2015 Internet Governance Survey and we created an Internet Governance Timeline to help track the many events happening over the course of 2015.

How We Work

We work in a multi-stakeholder fashion towards the development of an Open and Sustainable Internet for the benefit of all people. Because the Internet impacts all of us, we work with partners globally of all shapes and sizes to make sure we can address a wide range of social, economic, and policy issues that interfere with an open and sustainable Internet.  For more information regarding our community and partners please visit our Community and Partners Page.


Public Policy Blog

  • How can you take part in the WSIS+10 review process? How open is the process to non-governmental stakeholders? How different is the dynamic between Geneva, where a lot of the Internet governance discussions have been taking place, and New York, where the future of the WSIS will be discussed? How will the process of adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) intersect with the WSIS?
    To discuss these questions and others, please join us this Thursday, 28 May 2015, from 13:15 - 14:45 CET (UTC+2), either on-site at the WSIS Forum in Geneva or remotely.  You can find all...

    Date published 26 May 2015

  • [Note: Today, 26 May 2015, the following statement was delivered by Internet CITO Olaf Kolkman to the WSIS Forum 2015 in Geneva as part of the High-Level Policy Statements. For more information please see our WSIS Forum blog post and also our WSIS page.  Links have been added to the statement text to enable you to learn more about particular topics.]


    Madam Chair, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

    Before getting into the substance of my address, allow me to first congratulate our host, the ITU,...

    Date published 26 May 2015

  • On the road leading to the ten-year Review of the WSIS in December 2015, next week the Internet Society will be at the WSIS Forum 2015 in Geneva. This year's theme, "Innovating together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development", shows how intertwined the Internet governance and the Development agendas are.

    Indeed, while the exact scope of the overall WSIS+10 Review, in December, remains to be defined, it is expected that discussions will continue to gravitate around the role of ICTs in development, among other topics such as Internet governance, human...

    Date published 22 May 2015

  • ICANN announced today that its CEO, Fadi Chehadé, will leave his position next March 2016. I would like to congratulate and thank Fadi for his continuing service at ICANN and to the Internet community. We recognize his role in leading ICANN in its efforts toward the globalization of the IANA functions.
    It is important that we realize that we are at a critical point in the process. The community has done impressive work in elaborating a proposal for the transition of the IANA functions stewardship. The IETF, IAB and Regional Internet Registry communities have completed their...

    Date published 21 May 2015

  • The marathon of Internet governance events continues this month in Geneva. Starting today will be the IGF MAG and Open Consultations (20-22 May). Below are a few pointers to help you navigate the discussions.

    The task of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) will be to continue preparations for the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), to be held 10-13 November 2015 in Brazil. The group will focus on finalizing the event's agenda including the Main Sessions, and reviewing workshop proposals.

    An important discussion will also take place on next steps for developing IGF...

    Date published 20 May 2015