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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

  • The week of the OECD’s ministerial meeting has gotten off to a promising start as more than 170 young students from Mexico and the broader region have gathered for the pre-ministerial hackathon, putting into practice the spirit of innovation and collaboration that defines the digital society.

    Organized by the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) and sponsored and supported by organizations and members of the Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the OECD ( ITAC), the hackathon is focused on app development centered around 4 themes:

    Cultural Heritage...
    Date published 21 June 2016

  • Next week the Internet Society will be participating in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy from 21-23 June 2016 in Cancun, Mexico.

    The meeting is set to define the digital agenda of the 34 OECD member countries for the next few years. It will address key issues under the pillars of trust and security, jobs for the digital age, openness and connectivity. 

    Many Internet Society members have been engaged in preparations through the different advisory groups to...

    Date published 16 June 2016

  • In the past seven years, the number of people online has essentially doubled, from 1.7 billion in 2009 to about 3.4 billion today. New and innovative services have also emerged and people and companies around the world are using the Internet in ways barely imagined at the turn of the decade.

    Looking ahead to the next five to seven years, there are many forces at work that could have a significant impact on the Internet. The Internet Society is exploring these forces to understand the possible directions the Internet could take.

    In March, we conducted an initial survey to...

    Date published 13 June 2016

  • The first annual Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was held last week, at the United Nations’ headqurters. This is one of the outcomes of 193 world leaders at a UN in September 2015 agreeing that connectivity was so important, that they made it a concrete target of the new Development Goals. Leading a session on the impact of ICTs on Development, The Internet Society took part in the debate.

    While the transformative power of technology isn’t new, what is new, is the wide recognition by the international community...

    Date published 13 June 2016

  • Today, the global Internet community reached an important milestone. The US Department of Commerce National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) announced that the community-developed proposal to transition the stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions meets the criteria it set out in March 2014. The NTIA specifically noted that the proposal:

    Supports and enhances the multistakeholder model; Maintains the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS; Meets the needs and expectations of the global customers and partners of...
    Date published 09 June 2016