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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

  • At its July meeting, the ITU Council referred several items to the ITU-T World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA), they are: to define OTT as it relates to the Internet, address misuse of domain names, misuse of identifiers, and issues with ICANN and TLDs that concern Member States. These are all items that have also surfaced in WCIT ITR proposals and discussions over the past few months, including recent proposals to insert ICT and “processing” in the definition of telecommunications that will be used within the ITRs.

    WTSA meets in Dubai the two weeks prior to the...

    Date published 25 July 2012

  • The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meets next week in Vancouver, Canada (29 July – 03 August).   As we did during the IETF 83 in Paris, the Internet Society will be hosting five public policy guests in Vancouver  - this time from Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Guatemala, and Trinidad & Tobago.   You can learn more about this program on page 28 of the recent IETF Journal.   Our goal with this program is to provide an opportunity for policymakers to learn about the IETF – its processes, its work, and its principles – and to...

    Date published 25 July 2012

  • Unlike other creators, audiovisual performers, including television and film actors, have not had the benefit of agreed international rules concerning the protection of their artistic work. This changes with the creation of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances in 2012.

    This June, representatives of countries from all over the world, actors, IP industry groups and other observer stakeholders gathered in Beijing, China for a Diplomatic Conference coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and hosted by the People’s Republic of China, to create an...

    Date published 23 July 2012

  • 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