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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

  • On Friday, April 29, you can watch leaders of the technical community, business and civil society address the G7 ICT Ministers at:

    G7 ICT Multi-Stakeholders' Conference on YouTube

    The Multi-Stakeholders Conference begins at 9:00 am Japan Standard Time (UTC+9), which is:

    midnight UTC 2:00 am Central European Time 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 28, Eastern Daylight Time

    Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown will speak as part of a panel starting at 10:45 am JST. The panel topic is "Sharing common thoughts about Internet governance and cybersecurity". The other panelists...

    Date published 28 April 2016

  • This week in Japan I have been invited to address the Multi-Stakeholder Conference that will officially open the G7 ICT Ministerial summit in Takamatsu. The focus of the ICT Ministerial will be on four distinct areas:

    (1) Innovation and economic growth;
    (2) Unrestricted flow of information, and ensuring the safety and security in cyberspace;
    (3) Contributing to the resolution of global issues, including digital connectivity;
    (4) International understanding and international cooperation in the future.

    In December 2015, we were encouraged to see the nations of...

    Date published 28 April 2016

  • Next week in Geneva the first meeting will take place of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Open Consultations and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) since the mandate of the this forum was renewed for a ten-year period.

    Chaired by Lynn St. Amour, this meeting will mark the start of a new beginning. Last December, the 70th UN General Assembly extended the IGF mandate until 2025. With a clear perspective for the next ten years, the IGF has now the unique opportunity to take courageous steps forward.

    So far, the IGF is a success story. Today, the IGF is the largest,...

    Date published 01 April 2016

  • As an Internet Society board member coming from the Middle East, I’m often confronted by the question of whether it is enough to have Internet access, or must we also ensure that the access is open and unrestricted. I hereby lay the case in this short article in defense of the argument that having an open Internet does matter and we ought to ensure it remains so.

    For development

    With an open Internet, there is a steady stream of ideas that flows to and from users around the world. Sharing ideas freely without restrictions bolsters innovation and development. Let us take the example...

    Date published 30 March 2016

  • Are you looking for one place to visit to find the latest information about human rights on the Internet?  Would you like to learn more about the issues and projects around freedom of expression as it pertains to the online world?

    We are pleased to announce the launch today of our "Internet & Human Rights Resource Center” at:

    On this site you will find information such as:

    - profiles of organizations working in this space
    - our latest blog posts on human rights topics
    - reports and data
    - pointers...

    Date published 29 March 2016