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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

  • Over the next few months, major discussions at the United Nations will shape the future of Internet governance. In order to prepare with our community for the ten-year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10), in New York, USA, on 15 to 16 December 2015, we are publishing today a matrix of the countries' positions on WSIS+10. The matrix draws from their written contributions to the UN this summer, and is designed to help all stakeholders better understand the key issues at the the heart of the negotiations.

    Countries are making contributions on an ongoing...

    Date published 30 September 2015

  • As one of the organizations involved in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) since its inception, the Internet Society is following the 10-year WSIS Review process ( WSIS+10 ) closely and participating to the greatest extent possible, including calling upon the UN to open up the WSIS+10 preparatory process to more participants. In particular, the Internet Society wants to extend the opportunity to its membership by supporting participation in the negotiations leading up to the WSIS+10 High-Level Event in December.

    Today, we are pleased to announce the policy fellows...

    Date published 29 September 2015

  • Earlier this year, over 75% of participants in our Internet Governance Survey told us that it was very important to help simplify Internet governance issues so that more people could understand critical issues such as security, human rights, infrastructure and Internet access issues. Since the time of the survey we have undertaken several different initiatives to help address this need for better information.

    One effort we announced today is a partnership with the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) for an online web site called the "GIP Digital Watch", available now at http://...

    Date published 28 September 2015

  • You are invited on Monday, 28 September 2015, to join the launch of the "GIP Digital Watch", an online observatory of digital policies.  This new site will provide new resources designed to help people understand the critical Internet policy and governance issues we face today.

    UPDATE - 28 September:  Please see this post from Sally Wentworth for more information about the launch.

    "Navigating through the Complex Field of Digital Politics" GIP Digital Watch Launch

    Monday 28 September
    13:15 – 14.15 CET (UTC+2)
    WMO building, 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva...

    Date published 25 September 2015

  • The adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this week in New York is a milestone for the international community. And, implementing these goals is the challenge of our times.

    We applaud the world's governments for agreeing to a specific, active agenda to address clearly defined sustainability goals. Making the SDGs a reality will of course, involve the cooperation and collaboration of the whole of the global community across continents, cultures and disciplines --not just governments but also business, academia and the many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that...

    Date published 23 September 2015