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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

  • On 08-09 November 2016, the first Regional Internet and Development Dialog for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC-RIDD) was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the historical building of Palacio San Martin. The event has been hosted by the Ministry of Communications in Argentina, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the Internet Society.


    Following the successful experience from the Asia Pacific version of this event held earlier in October this year, we have brought together key stakeholders from the region who are working in different...

    Date published 14 November 2016

  • The World Telecommunication Standards Assembly (WTSA-16) has entered its final week, and a few Internet-related issues have proven to be particularly challenging for delegates to come to an agreement on – the Digital Object Architecture (DOA), protections for territorial names in generic top-level domains (GTLDs), and the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs).

    It has become...

    Date published 31 October 2016

  • We’ve reached the midpoint of the World Telecommunication Standards Assembly (WTSA), and the main Internet-realted issues are now well under discussion. This weekend, we’ve moved into the ‘ad hoc committees and working groups’ phase of negotiations. Of particular interest to the Internet Society community are the discussions focused on the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) for counterfeit device protection and as a digital management tool for IoT.

    While it may not be well known outside the technical, academic and standards communities, the DOA...

    Date published 29 October 2016

  • What is the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) technology? And why has it become a topic du jour among some folks in the ITU standards world? It’s already the subject of more than a few hallway discussions at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) in Tunisia this week, and has garnered some attention in the media recently. But how did a relatively obscure, two-decade-old information management system gain this interest?  

    The DOA was actually created more than 20 years ago by Robert Kahn (Vint Cerf’s partner in the development of TCP/IP – the ‘foundation’ of...

    Date published 26 October 2016

  • What is at stake for the Internet community at the ITU’s WTSA-16 event next week in Tunisia? What concerns are governments around the world raising? What will we as the Internet Society be watching?

    The International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 (WTSA-16) starts this coming Tuesday, 25 October. Members of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector, including governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisation, and academia will descend upon the resort town of Yasmine Hammamet in Tunisia to set the future direction...

    Date published 21 October 2016