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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.

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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 WCIT conference officially began on Monday, 3rd December 2012 with over 1000 people registered from over 130 countries. At the opening ceremony, the ITU Secretary General spoke along with a recorded speech from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, the WCIT Chairman, Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim, and ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehade. Speeches from the opening ceremony may be read here.
    Monday afternoon’s opening plenary was largely (but not exclusively) a procedural and organizational discussion. The conference will have 5 committees, the bulk of the substantive work...
    Date published 03 December 2012

  • Some reflections on the IGF, the Internet and human rights

    In a previous blog I argued how important it was holding the 2012 IGF meeting in Baku, as it provided an amplifier for discussing local and global human rights issues.

    Further to the relevance of the IGF as a space to foster awareness and enhance discussions on human rights issues, the significant number of IGF sessions related to human rights at this year’s IGF and the diversity of stakeholders involved in those discussions also reflected an important trend towards considering online rights issues from a multi-stakeholder...

    Date published 03 December 2012

  • Should the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) have gone to Baku? This question dominated discussions before and during the recent IGF and was an issue discussed widely among participants as well as in the blogoshpere. Many people, who I highly respect, held the view that hosting the IGF in countries, like Azerbaijan, was a mistake: “Azerbaijan is the wrong place to hold a forum on Internet freedom. The government has been vicious in its attacks on journalists and bloggers. The UN must choose more carefully next time.”  [1]

    I understand the reasoning behind these remarks, but I...

    Date published 26 November 2012

  • In recent months, the question of whether the Internet is sustainable in the face of increasing demand has been a focal point for discussions surrounding the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), which is being convened to modify the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR) treaty governing international telecommunications.  In this telling, the Internet can’t withstand the dramatic upsurge in consumer demand for high-bandwidth Internet applications and services.  Thus, the Internet is like the Titanic, heading for an iceberg that will...

    Date published 24 October 2012

  • On 04-05 October, the Internet Society was honored to be a co-organiser of the first-ever Indian Internet Governance Conference (IIGC). Organized in the multistakeholder spirit of the Internet Governance Forum, the IIGC was an unequivocal success – stakeholders from across the local Internet community came together for a spirited discussion on a host of challenging Internet policy issues including hate speech, cybersecurity, the role of the International Telecommunication Regulations, rural broadband deployment, and the future of the press. Through it all, it was heartening to see the...

    Date published 16 October 2012