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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

  • The Internet technical and operational communities are coming out in strong support of the paper: Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications (KEYS) which concludes:


    "... This report’s analysis of law enforcement demands for exceptional access to private communications and data shows that such access will open doors through which criminals and malicious nation-states can attack the very individuals law enforcement seeks to defend. The costs would be substantial, the damage to innovation severe, and the...
    Date published 12 August 2015

  • I was very pleased to see that earlier this week the United Nations Development Programme reached an agreement on the "post-2015 development agenda" that includes a strong recognition of the role that information and communication technology (ICT) has in bringing about a better world.

    These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important because they guide the direction of UN activity – and through that the member countries – with regard to improving the lives of people and ensuring peace, prosperity and the sustainability of our planet.

    This new document, "Transforming...

    Date published 05 August 2015

  • The IANA Stewardship Transition process may have started more than a year ago, but last week it reached its pinnacle with the publication of the compiled Proposal to Transition the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions from the US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the Global Multistakeholder Community” by the IANA Coordination Group (ICG).

    Now, it is time for all of us to tune in and share our views on this very important proposal.

    This is an historical moment which we can all be part...

    Date published 05 August 2015

  • Today it has been my great pleasure be here in Mexico City at LACIGF8. This event, one of many important meetings happening around the world in preparation for the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil in November, has been remarkable so far. Yesterday there were standing room only sessions about human rights, surveillance and privacy in the region. There was a strong discussion about network neutrality, the role of local content  and the need to develop applications from within the LAC region. And there was a good discussion about how we connect the next billion people....

    Date published 04 August 2015

  • With more than 3 billion users worldwide, the Internet is arguably the most important infrastructure in today’s age. This makes understanding global Internet Governance a skill that cannot be underestimated – but yet – one that for most, is not so easily acquired.

    This is where the Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) plays a critical part. SSIG is pivotal in helping students, academics and interested individuals from a broad range of backgrounds to understand the complexities of standard setting, policy-making and the infrastructure maintenance of the Internet – fulfilling a...

    Date published 03 August 2015