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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

  • As the ICANN 53 meeting in Buenos Aires wraps up this week, all the IANA operational communities—the IETF, the RIRs, and ICANN—have now submitted to the IANA Coordination Group (ICG) their proposals for transitioning the IANA Stewardship. The operational communities and the entire Internet community have taken a great amount of responsibility for, and applied an amazing amount of energy to, the task of creating an IANA stewardship proposal that will eventually be submitted to the NTIA for final approval.

    This is a historic moment. The transition of the IANA functions away from one...

    Date published 26 June 2015

  • I was deeply honored to speak at the DNS Women’s breakfast yesterday at the ICANN 53 meeting in Buenos Aires. The ICANN community, broadly, deals with a wide variety of technical issues related to the coordination role of the Domain Name System, the Internet’s naming system. The DNS Women’s breakfast is a regular event at ICANN meetings, aiming to promote networking, information and resource sharing. I would like to thank Olga Cavelli, Wanda Scartezini, and Cheryl Langdon-Orr for organizing yesterday's breakfast, which had more than 85 participants. It's great to see more women in...

    Date published 23 June 2015

  • For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva has invited dynamic and creative journalists and human rights activists to Geneva as Internet Freedom Fellows. On June 18, these remarkable bloggers from Zambia, Palestine, Brunei, Kenya and Belarus will share personal stories at the intersection of the Internet and women empowerment issues. The main theme of our discussion will be "Does the Internet empower women, or do women empower the Internet?”. Kathleen Moriarty (IETF Security Area Director) and Dorcas Muthoni (CEO of Open World Ltd Kenya, founder of AfCHIX) will...

    Date published 17 June 2015

  • Over the next week, all eyes of those interested and vested in Internet governance will turn to Buenos Aires. From June 21 – 25, ICANN will be holding its regular public meeting and much of the discussion will once again be focused on the IANA stewardship transition and the ICANN accountability processes. Like all previous meetings, this 53rd meeting of ICANN will gather a wide range of representatives from governments to businesses to civil society and technical community to continue the discussions on the plan to transition key Internet domain name functions from the US government to the...

    Date published 17 June 2015

  • Today marked the beginning of the 29th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. The HRC is the principal U.N. body responsible to strengthen the protection and promotion of of human rights around the globe.  The 29th session starts today and occurs over the next three weeks, ending on 3 July.

    For the past few years, the attention of the Council has evolved to also focus on how the Internet can impact some of our fundamental rights, in particular free expression and privacy. This intersection between the Internet and rights has similarly become a central topic of...

    Date published 15 June 2015