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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

  • ITU Member States are developing contributions for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) and preparing for the upcoming regional preparatory meetings, many of which take place over the coming few months.  The provides an opportunity for Internet stakeholders:  reach out to your government and find out what the process will be to develop a national submission on WCIT. 

    Ask them:

    Will it be open and participatory?   Is your government looking for input from their domestic stakeholders?  

    Internet Society Chapters and members can and should be a...

    Date published 11 July 2012

  • Many claim that there are no coincidences – rather events, which, when tied together, they form logical conclusions. On this basis, the latest coincidence in the front of international intellectual property rule making is certainly worth exploring: at the time the future of the much-debated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was being determined within Europe, a new round of negotiations concerning the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPPA) was taking place across the other side of the Atlantic. The common thread of both Agreements is their focus on intellectual property rights and...

    Date published 09 July 2012

  • ‘Enhanced cooperation’ is one of the code words in Internet governance discussions and means different things to different people.  The term goes back to the second phase of World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunis in 2005. There is no common understanding of what is meant with the term, but it is used by some countries to push for setting up a new UN body to deal with Internet issues. As this issue will not go away and is bound to stay with us in the years to come,  we opted for a more pro-active approach and start a mapping exercise of what happened since 2005 in relation to...

    Date published 02 July 2012

  • Since we’ve just launched the Internet Society's public policy blog, I thought this would be a good time to do a short summary on the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) – what is the status, why ISOC cares, and what ISOC has been up to lately on this topic. 

    The World Conference on International Telecommunications, or WCIT, will be held on 03-14 December in Dubai.  This is a treaty conference to renegotiate an old treaty – the International Telecommunications Regulations, or ITRs (Read the ITRs).  The ITR’s haven’t been reopened since...

    Date published 29 June 2012

  • This was one of the questions addressed during the Managing critical internet resources plenary session, in the context of a discussion on a recent draft proposal of India, Brasil and South Africa (already widely known as the IBSA proposal).

    According to this document, the three governments are arguing that “an appropriate body is urgently required in the UN system to coordinate and evolve coherent and integrated global public policies pertaining to the Internet”. The new body would have the task of developing and establishing international public policies with a view to ensuring...

    Date published 30 September 2011