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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 2016 is focused on these three areas:

Our work is informed by the results of our 2015 Internet Governance Survey and we created an Internet Governance Timeline to help track the many events happening over the course of 2016.

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

  • What is the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) technology? And why has it become a topic du jour among some folks in the ITU standards world? It’s already the subject of more than a few hallway discussions at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) in Tunisia this week, and has garnered some attention in the media recently. But how did a relatively obscure, two-decade-old information management system gain this interest?  

    The DOA was actually created more than 20 years ago by Robert Kahn (Vint Cerf’s partner in the development of TCP/IP – the ‘foundation’ of...

    Date published 26 October 2016

  • What is at stake for the Internet community at the ITU’s WTSA-16 event next week in Tunisia? What concerns are governments around the world raising? What will we as the Internet Society be watching?

    The International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 (WTSA-16) starts this coming Tuesday, 25 October. Members of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector, including governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisation, and academia will descend upon the resort town of Yasmine Hammamet in Tunisia to set the future direction...

    Date published 21 October 2016

  • Last week, the Internet Society participated in the physical consultation of the ITU Council Working Group on “International Internet-related public policy issues.” Participation in this CWG-Internet group is closed to non-governments. However, the consultations are open to all stakeholders. During the meeting, stakeholders shared their perspectives from their online submittals on the topic of: How do we build an enabling environment for Internet access?

    The issue of expanding Internet access has garnered much attention and interest by the international community following the...

    Date published 19 October 2016

  • This blog is based on the speech held by Raúl Echeberría at the opening of the 5th African IGF in Durban, South Africa, on 16th October 2016. 

    My colleagues at the Internet Society and myself have already attended many of the national and regional IGFs that are being organised across the world. And it is amazing to see all the energy around those initiatives and how we have created a new way to discuss and to deal in an open and multistakeholder manner, with things that are very important for our societies.

    I have been involved in IGF since its inception. In...

    Date published 17 October 2016

  • It's been a year since we adopted the Sustainable Development Goals - a new roadmap for international development.  

    It is an exciting time for those of us who focus on bringing Information and Communication Technologies to the world. While Goal 9 calls out the need for Internet access, it is also clear that Internet development is key to accomplish all the SDGs. 

    But the task is a big one. Rough estimates say we'll need at least $1 trillion of additional annual investment in developing and emerging economies to achieve them.

    It's numbers like these that have...

    Date published 03 October 2016