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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

  • Yesterday marked the last day of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, but also the culmination of a week where the need for an open and trusted Internet has been the main message from all stakeholders.

    Back in 2008, the OECD was one of the first intergovernmental organizations to open its discussions to the wider Internet community. Recognized as a key stakeholder, the Internet Technical Advisory Committee shared a joint message this week on the importance of sustaining and promoting an open Internet based on open standards, open networks, and open multistakeholder...

    Date published 24 June 2016

  • It's the final day of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy here in Cancun, Mexico, and there are just two more sessions blocks followed by the Closing Ceremony. Here below is where our attention will be focused today - and to understand the broader questions around why we are here, please read our OECD Ministerial Background Paper.  (All times are local to Cancun - UTC-5.)

    Visit the OECD Ministerial Live Stream page to find video links

    You can also view the OECD Ministerial Agenda for a full list of sessions and participants.

    9:00-10:45...
    Date published 23 June 2016

  • The Internet is an enabler of many disrupting technologies - of which the blockchain is currently one of the most exciting.

    Simply put, the blockchain can act as a virtual public ledger that records transactions processed and maintained by a network of communicating nodes running cryptocurrency software. It was invented in 2008 as part of Bitcoin by a person with the computer nickname ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’. It was envisioned as a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency that can be transferred between any two users connected to the Internet, without using any intermediary....

    Date published 23 June 2016

  • This week, at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, Kathy Brown, our President and CEO, introduced the “beta version” of the Internet Society’s policy framework for an open and trusted Internet.

    Large scale data breaches, uncertainties about how data is being used, cybercrime, surveillance and other online threats are eroding users’ trust and affecting how they use the Internet. It is also affecting the way governments view the Internet, and the policies they make about Internet access, security and use.

    Trust is a key ingredient for a sustainable, evolving,...

    Date published 22 June 2016

  • On 22 June 2016, Internet Society President & CEO Kathy Brown spoke at the OECD Ministerial on the Digital Economy in the "Armchair Discussion" as a member of the OECD Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC). These are her remarks as prepared.

    I am pleased to a speak on behalf of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee this morning. 

    Our message today is that the aspirations of this OECD Ministerial Meeting - that the Digital Economy will bring Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity - will not be met without an open, trusted ...

    Date published 22 June 2016

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