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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 25 October to 3 November 2016, the ITU will host the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia. This is the peak meeting of the Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-T) that brings together Member States and Sectors Members in order to define the work program and structure of ITU-T for the next four years. The Internet Society is engaged in preparations and we want our membership to be part this engagement. For this purpose, we’ve put together this background document to help you,...

    Date published 23 May 2016

  • Is the Internet fragmenting?  Is the global, open Internet moving away from a network of networks that is universally interoperable to a series of networks fragmented along policy, technical or economic lines? As some governments pass laws related to data localization and restriction of cross-border data flows, what will the impact be?  What about the increasing use of DNS and content filtering? What other factors have the potential for causing fragmentation?

    Please join us for a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 10 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm US EDT (UTC-4)...

    Date published 09 May 2016

  • At the WSIS Forum 2016 this week, participants had a clear mission: Supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the WSIS Action Lines.

    With 1,800 participants from 140 countries, including 85 ministers and 250 high-level representatives this year, the meeting is growing in importance. Last December at the WSIS+10 Review, the outcome explicitly called for the close alignment between the WSIS process and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As the first meeting after that review, the Forum was an opportunity to gather the wider community...

    Date published 06 May 2016

  • Spam is not a new issue. Its origins precede the arrival of the Internet. Remember all the unwanted mail, faxes, sms and telephone calls you have received? Spammers will use any communications means that is available to achieve their objectives.

    Some countries that faced the effect of email spam early on have discovered ways to combat spam in their economies. However, many emerging economies are only beginning today to see the full impact that spam can have on their network resources and citizens because increased Internet access has also opened the door to spam.

    This Friday...

    Date published 04 May 2016

  • Today Raúl Echeberría, our Vice President for Global Engagement, delivered the following remarks as part of the Opening Session of the WSIS Forum 2016 in Geneva.

    UPDATE: A video recording of Raúl's speech is now available.

    Mr. Chairman, Honorable Ministers, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies, and gentlemen, on behalf of the Internet Society, working globally through 80,000 members and 115 volunteer Chapters in 92 countries to ensure that the Internet is Everywhere, thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.

    The Internet Society was founded...

    Date published 03 May 2016