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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

  • Many governments in the world are imposing DNS blocking/filtering measures as solutions to fight illegal online content. Either we talk about child pornography, copyright infringement, drugs or online gambling, governments tend to choose this blocking measure as a universal solution. But how efficient this solution is? What are its benefits and what risks are involved? These issues were addressed during two workshops I attended yesterday: Blocking content: issues, principles and paths forward and Global principles for the stability and resiliency of the Internet.

    It is generally...

    Date published 29 September 2011

  • 1787, in the backdrop of a revolutionary war, bankruptcy and looming threats both domestic and foreign, delegates from the confederated states gathered at Philadelphia for a landmark convention that would engender the United States.
    Unanimity on the structure of governance and the separation of powers for the future republic was a delicate and very difficult venture and entailed compromises that didn’t please all parties that gathered for the convention.

    Today, an interesting rationale was raised at Workshop 144 sponsored by the Council of Europe; Human Rights First: A...

    Date published 27 September 2011