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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.

How We Work

Working in a multi-stakeholder fashion towards the development of an Open and Sustainable Internet for the benefit of all people.

Where We Work:
International and Regional Organizations and Partners

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

  • Today the World Economic Forum published their Global Information Technology Report 2015. This year’s theme is "ICT for Inclusive Growth,” examining how developing and emerging economies are exploiting the potential of ICTs to drive economic transformation. We are proud to have contributed a chapter entitled ‘E-Entrepreneurship on the Open Internet’, in which we...

    Date published 15 April 2015

  • Isn't the cybersecurity debate highly confusing at times? There is a lot of talk about the security of all sorts of cyber assets, discussion about cyberwarfare and cyberdefense, and in all these discussions the Internet seems to be central. Often mentioned in a not so positive context.

    In recent conversations I've made the analogy between "Cybersecurity" and "The Economy". We all want to fix the economy but making progress is not an easy task. As soon as you are beyond that statement you notice that there is a lot of nuance. Issues like trust, influence, actors, and affectivity all...

    Date published 13 April 2015

  • Next week, the Internet Society will be in The Hague for the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS2015) and other associated events including:

    a meeting of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, established in 2014 “to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance”; and the International NCSC ONE Conference 2015, the third in a series of conferences hosted by the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NL).

    Internet security is a key focus for our organization this year and GCCS15 provides an important venue to continue...

    Date published 10 April 2015

  • In Asia - a region that at various points in its recent history has been a hotbed for civil unrest, secessionist movements and political instability - the line between national security and public interest can be difficult to draw.

    A session organised by the Internet Society at the recently held RightsCon Southeast Asia in Manila shed some light on the perceived trade-offs between national security objectives and digital rights, in particular freedom of expression and privacy.

    Mobile as the new frontline for Internet freedom

    Insights shared on the panel highlighted how mobile...

    Date published 09 April 2015

  • The 6th Russian Internet Governance Forum (RIGF) is fast approaching and, for the first time, the Internet Society (ISOC) is participating as an organisational partner.

    In addition to contributing to the traditionally animated policy and technical debates at the RIGF itself, the Internet Society European Regional Bureau will be organising a roundtable discussion on data localisation together with the Russian ISOC Chapter and the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). This discussion will occur on 7 April 2015 at 17.00-19.00 at the Lotte Hotel after the RIGF has...

    Date published 06 April 2015