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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 Internet's founding fathers were very deliberate in the model they devised for the Internet. From its earliest beginnings, it was built on open standards. It embraced open, participatory management and governance structures, and reflected principles of freedom of expression, access to information, as well as other democratic processes across a broad community of stakeholders.

    The open, trusted, global Internet has changed lives and accelerated economic and social progress. It has brought the world closer together and enabled humanity to connect, communicate and collaborate....

    Date published 06 December 2016

  • It's here! The official opening of the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Today is packed with more discussions on things like closing the gender gap to new initiatives in cybersecurity. 

    This is, without doubt, one of the most important global events of the year when it comes to how Internet policy develops. It happens once a year and is open to anyone who wants a voice in how the Internet grows.

    This means you can take part too. And the time to do it is now. The world is changing. A new political context potentially pulls us closer toward the trends that we are...

    Date published 06 December 2016

  • So if you're somehow involved in the world of the Internet chances are you know that people from around the world are descending on Guadalajara or getting ready to log on for five days of remote meetings.

    And maybe you are already here too.

    If you're not, and you don't know why this flurry of activity is taking place - you're just in time to be a part of it.

    What's happening is one of the most important global events of the year when it comes to how policy and decision makers think about the Internet. 

    It's the 2016 Internet Governance Forum or IGF as it's...

    Date published 05 December 2016

  • There is an old adage that trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.

    When it comes to the Internet and its users, the same holds true. For average Internet users, trust in the Internet has to be built. They have to gain confidence in the safety of their private information online. When a user's private online information is made public, they lose trust in the Internet and its services.

    It is critical that the actions taken by governments foster Internet trust and do not put users, or their data, at greater risk. One of the simplest means of...

    Date published 29 November 2016

  • According to Freedom House’s 2016 report, freedom on the internet is in its sixth year of decline. What’s going on?

    The internet, for many of us who are fortunate enough to access it on a daily basis, has become an integral part of our lives. Virtually everything we do is tethered to this online platform, and it has transformed many aspects of our economic, social and cultural lives. But while we may take the ease with which we can access and use the internet for granted, a new report from Freedom House highlights the unsettling fact that billions of people around the globe are not so...

    Date published 16 November 2016