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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

  • With more than 3 billion users worldwide, the Internet is arguably the most important infrastructure in today’s age. This makes understanding global Internet Governance a skill that cannot be underestimated – but yet – one that for most, is not so easily acquired.

    This is where the Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) plays a critical part. SSIG is pivotal in helping students, academics and interested individuals from a broad range of backgrounds to understand the complexities of standard setting, policy-making and the infrastructure maintenance of the Internet – fulfilling a...

    Date published 31 July 2015

  • Today we submitted our contribution to the United Nations General Assembly's 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) that will take place in New York in December. The goal of this meeting is to set the agenda for the UN - and through that the agendas of nations around the world - with regard to the future of the "Information Society".

    As one of the organizations involved in the WSIS since its inception, the Internet Society is following the WSIS+10 process closely and participating to the greatest extent possible. In particular, the Internet Society...

    Date published 31 July 2015

  • As the IANA Coordination Group (ICG) gets set to release its call for public comments on a combined proposal to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions, it is critical that we understand how the IANA stewardship principles as well as the IANA functions fit into the broader context of the Internet's operations and history.

    Back on 14 March 2014, the U.S. Government National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition stewardship responsibility for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global, multi-...

    Date published 29 July 2015

  • Today the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) to the OECD published the fifth edition of its newsletter at:

    The ITAC was created in 2009 following the OECD's Seoul Ministerial with the objective to provide Internet technical and policy expertise to the work of the OECD on Internet-related issues. This informal group is coordinated by the Internet Society and currently counts 28 members active in domains such as open Internet/Web standards development, interconnection, IP addressing, security or privacy.


    Date published 29 July 2015

  • “Thinking global, acting local” has been the Internet Society’s (ISOC) mantra over the past 20 years. In a survey that attracted over 800 participants last March, our community reaffirmed that was the right approach in the particular field of Internet governance. This approach was also at the heart of last week’s InterCommunity event that gathered over 2500 people from over 100 countries.

    You – our community - also told us that one of the key priorities for ISOC should be to step up in strengthening the Internet governance ecosystem: by convening dialogues where all stakeholders can...

    Date published 15 July 2015