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About Internet Society 25 June 2019

Announcing news.internetsociety.org – a way to follow what is published across all Internet Society sites

Dan York
By Dan YorkDirector of Web Strategy

Today I’m pleased to announce a new site we have built that brings into one location links to all the content published across Internet Society websites:

news.internetsociety.org

This news site aggregates posts from our main website, from sites of our 130+ Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and from certain other affiliated sites. On the site, you can:

  • Search using keywords
  • Filter the view based on the region
  • Filter the view based on language
  • Filter the view to see posts only from a specific source

For instance, you can see all the posts published by Chapters in Africa. Or you can see all the posts published in French, or Spanish, or Chinese… or Georgian.

Note that the filters can work together. By choosing “Africa” and “French” you will see only French posts from African Chapters. There’s a “Reset” link on the right side that will clear all the filters.

All the views also have unique URLs that you can share with people, or link to from other sites, email newsletters, etc. And of course the site has a master RSS feed that you can read in a RSS reader or other tool.

I find it quite fun! It’s amazing to see all the great info being created by different parts of the Internet Society.

We encourage you to bookmark the page, add it to your mobile home screen, set it as your home page, or share it with others.

There are a couple of caveats to know about:

  • Not every Chapter or SIG is included – As we mention in the FAQ, the site includes every Chapter/SIG site for which we could find a working RSS feed. Some Chapters/SIGs built their sites in a way that does not include a RSS feed – or in some cases don’t publish updates as “posts”. In other cases there are technical issues preventing use of their feed.
  • Only “recent” posts are included – The site is built aggregating RSS feeds, so it only includes whatever posts were in the RSS feeds when we started the site in production mode in late May 2019. Some sites might have 10 items in their RSS feeds, while others might have 20 or 50. Some sites might publish several articles a week, while others may only publish a couple of articles per year. From this point on, we are including all new posts, but the number of older posts will vary.

If you are curious about how we built the site, the site’s About page links to some of the WordPress plugins we used. You are also welcome to contact me directly with any specific questions.

If you look back at our Action Plan 2019, you’ll see that two of our goals are “Building our community” and “Strengthening our global voice” – we hope that this site will help with both of those goals by shining more light on what we are saying throughout our community and throughout the world.

We do hope your enjoy your exploration – and that through this site you may find more ways to take action to help bring about a more globally connected, secure and trustworthy Internet for everyone!

P.S. And again, I’ll mention the fun factor! For instance, the linguist / typographer in me is absolutely fascinated by the Georgian and the Armenian scripts. I have no idea how to read them, but it’s intriguing to me.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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