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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

  • What will the Internet look like in the next seven to 10 years? How will things like marketplace consolidation, changes to regulation, increases in cybercrime or the widespread deployment of the Internet of Things impact the Internet, its users and society?

    At the Internet Society, we are always thinking about what’s next for the Internet. And now we want your help!

    The Internet is an incredibly dynamic medium, shaped by a multitude of pressures – be they social, political, technological, or cultural. From the rise of mobile to the emergence of widespread cyber threats, the...

    Date published 16 January 2017

  • Many stakeholders are now coming home after a productive week at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

    As the first IGF since its 10 year mandate renewal by the UN General Assembly, this was a key edition to set the stage for multistakeholder cooperation in the next few years, and to identify the issues that will have to be addressed by the global Internet community now and in the near future.  

    And the challenges are not missing. In a context where nationalist and de-globalization movements makes progress in all parts...

    Date published 14 December 2016

  • It's closing day at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum and it's time to wrap up with some great sessions, best practices, and a look towards what's next.

    As you pack your bags or your laptop, let us know what you think is next. What were your take aways from the sessions. What did you learn from the Best Practice Forums. More importantly, what will YOU do to implement what you discovered.

    Tell us!

    Here's what's on today Day 4: Friday, December 9 WHAT WHEN / WHERE ISOC REPRESENTATIVE WS97: How to create relevant Internet Governance Content


    Date published 09 December 2016

  • Today looks like it's going to be a really interesting day the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Talks on human rights, cyber security, and how to stand for diversity and inclusiveness in discussions around how the Internet grows.

    Day 3: Thursday, December 8 WHAT WHEN / WHERE ISOC REPRESENTATIVE BPF Cybersecurity

    Workshop Room 9

    Hiroshi Esaki speaking Human Rights: Broadening the Conversation...
    Date published 08 December 2016

  • Welcome to Day 2 at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum! 

    Today will be packed with discussions focusing on the importance of working together, being inclusive, and empowering people to fight for the Internet they want.

    Join online and tell world leaders that your voice must be included Internet policy discussion.  The IGF is a great place to start.

    Take Part Online Register to take part from wherever you are! Day 2: Wednesday, December 7 WHAT WHEN / WHERE ISOC REPRESENTATIVE

    WS191: "Are we all OTTs? Danger of regulating an undefined concept"

    Date published 07 December 2016