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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

  • A micro blog for a micro survey.   What if you could decide what online data is covered by privacy and data protection laws? Why should that data be protected? How would you define "personal data"?   Earlier this year, in preparation for a workshop organized by the Internet Society at the WSIS+10 Review Event - “The New PII: Privacy-Impacting Information”, the Internet Society invited its members and others to voice their opinion on these topics.    We received and analyzed responses from Europe, North America, Africa...
    Date published 22 April 2013

  • On 25 February 2013, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo sent an open letter to the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), informing them that he had asked me to serve as Interim Chair for the Open Consultations and MAG Meetings. I was asked beforehand whether I would be ready to accept this role, but I had no confirmation that this would happen until the day the letter was sent out. On contemplating this, my decision to accept was driven by three factors: first, it is an honour to be asked by the United Nations to steer any process; second, I had to take into consider...

    Date published 25 March 2013

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    Three weeks ago, on 5 March 2013, I had the pleasure to participate in a session discussing about the importance of an open and multi-stakeholder Internet framework for freedom of expression and economic growth in Africa.

    The session was organized by the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, in partnership with the Internet Society. It was part of a larger program by the U.S. Mission - called the Internet Freedom Fellows Program - which brings together regional young leaders at the intersection of...
    Date published 21 March 2013

  • There is a ‘book famine’ – in the North, apparently, less than 5% of the books published are available in a form accessible by the blind community. In the South, this figure is no more than 1%.  The WIPO Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities[1]will hopefully address this issue as Member States are negotiating a final text before the Diplomatic Conference in Marrakech in June 2013.

    Before June, however, WIPO Member States still have to agree on the text of the Treaty, the most controversial aspects of which appear to relate to the...

    Date published 03 March 2013

  • Security [Cybersecurity] is a complex issue with many different aspects that requires the multistakeholder community to work together to address protection, stability, and reliability of the communications infrastructure:   To promote cooperation and collaboration among all stakeholders To enhance the integrity of the international telecommunications network To establish mechanisms to promote robustness   The Internet model of developing collaborative standards and policies in an open and broad based consensus process by international experts is one of the best vehicles for...
    Date published 09 December 2012