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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

  • At the Internet Society’s Student Pizza Night during IETF 96, I asked several students from Europe, Asia, and North America how they would respond to the same question:

    How do we make young Internet users more secure?

    Every student I asked said that security for young Internet users is a problem. The majority thought that both poor security practices and a general ignorance of the risks contribute to the problem. Pokémon Go was used as an example. Millions of younger users may be playing games without considering the security and privacy implications they may have. In this...

    Date published 08 August 2016

  • We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest two policy briefs on Encryption and Identity. This is part of our commitment from last year to produce content on various policy issues relating to the Internet. Our policy briefs series aims to assist policy makers (and anyone else interested) to understand current trends and discussions as they take place.

    In the Encryption brief, we provide some key considerations and guiding principles for discussions around encryption. Our position is that while the concerns of law enforcement agencies are valid, we are still firm in our...

    Date published 27 July 2016

  • Late last year, some friends and I got together to form ISOC’s first Youth Special Interest Group (SIG) or, as we call it, the Youth Observatory.  Why? The voices of young people aren't heard when it comes to Internet policy. 

    We’re the generation that’s been using the Internet since we were children, and we’re the one’s who will be using it for the next 50 years. 

    Our voice matters.

    Today, having the first Youth Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum, which will take place in San José, Costa Rica on the eve of the larger Latin America and...

    Date published 26 July 2016

  • While billions use the Internet every day, its inner workings and history are not normally in the public eye. Over the past 30 years, the Internet’s technology, policy, operations, and administration have evolved through both small and large steps. Originally a private research network available to a few, the Internet has become a self-governing and self-managing entity that provides invaluable content and services in every corner of the globe.

    The history of IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, is tightly tied to the history of the Internet. As a key manager of the naming...

    Date published 11 July 2016

  • In times when disintegration seems to be the word of the day, it is a pleasure to witness people coming together to build bridges and find common ground. The first Central Asian Internet Governance Forum (CAIGF) took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 21-22 June gathering a significant group of local, regional and international stakeholders.

    Central Asia consists of five former soviet republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), and this IGF marked a first time to conduct open dialogue on Internet policy matters in the region. The organisers – the Kyrgyz...

    Date published 06 July 2016