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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

  • I am pleased to announce the creation of an Internet Society Discussion Paper Series, and to release its first paper, " The Mobile App Divide". The Internet Society Discussion Paper Series is intended, as the name suggests, to stimulate discussion around a topical issue of importance to meeting the Internet Society goals. In style, it is intended to be longer than a blog post and shorter than a full research study, and likewise, in substance it represents our emerging opinion, but does not represent a final Internet Society position. Instead, we intend it as a means to gather information...

    Date published 18 November 2015

  • Reflecting on the 2015 IGF last week, the Internet Economy sub-theme featured prominently, for good reason.  First of all, the Internet economy is a large sector in itself, accounting directly for over 5% of GDP in the G20 countries alone.  More broadly, however, the Internet is what economists call a general purpose technology, which, as the name suggests, has economic impacts on almost every other sector. 

    As an example of the broader impact of the Internet, today one could argue that the largest taxi company in the world is Uber, which owns no taxis and employees...

    Date published 16 November 2015

  • IGF 2015 in João Pessoa, Brazil will be seen as a milestone for the global Internet community. After 10 years of intense work, the IGF has earned the right to celebrate its success and prepare itself for the future.

    As we come out of the meeting, we are urging all who want to be heard at this important moment in the evolution of the Internet to join over 80 organizations and individuals who have already signed on to a message to the UN General Assembly that will 1) help safeguard the IGF for the future; 2) preserve the multistakeholder model of governance; and 3) help keep us...

    Date published 16 November 2015

  • The final day of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF2015) promises to be another day packed full of great sessions, with our President/CEO Kathy Brown highlighting human rights and ISOC Board of Trustee member Narelle Clark participating in a session on the IANA stewardship transition. You can see our schedule of Internet Society-related sessions at:

    If you are not in Brazil (as I have not been all week), remote participation is possible. You may also find our other blog posts about IGF2015 of interest.


    Date published 12 November 2015

  • Day 3 of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF2015) continues the rapid pace of Internet Society activity, beginning with a main session panel on cybersecurity with ISOC Board of Trustees Chair Bob Hinden. You can see our schedule at:

    Please remember that remote participation is possible if you are not in Brazil - and please review our other blog posts about IGF2015 for background. Also, IGF Daily Number 3 is out today with discussion about what happened yesterday.

    As I mentioned, Day 3 begins with a main...

    Date published 12 November 2015