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About Internet Society 8 December 2020

Introducing the 2021 Action Plan: Our Commitment to the Internet

Andrew Sullivan
By Andrew SullivanPresident and Chief Executive Officer

About a year ago we launched our 2020 Action Plan with great anticipation. We had a nice neat list of the most urgent Internet issues to tackle, and we would work as a whole community, coming together as people from all over to press for our vision: The Internet is for Everyone.

Then 2020 came and we learned how quickly plans can be upended.

Yet it has underscored that the Internet is not only a global technical infrastructure, but also a resource that enriches people’s lives. Our world – our ability to work, keep in touch, and share information – would be radically different without it. This gives our work a renewed sense of urgency.

The Internet needs a voice.

Today, nearly half the people of the world still have no access and far too many people live in places where the Internet is expensive, slow, and congested.

Today, too few Internet policy discussions are based on facts and measurements, while too many start from a mistaken understanding of how the Internet works. Far too many companies and politicians would rather their customers and voters be passive consumers than the active, powerful contributors they can be.

Today, too many governments want to close the Internet off, regulating it to the advantage of a few. The Internet’s fundamental infrastructure still needs security improvements, and some want to take away the best tool for data security known to humanity.

Our 2021 Action Plan is our commitment to you, and to the Internet, that we will work toward measurable, concrete results on all of these issues.

The Internet gives us a way to reach out to one another and to renew the ties that can bind all humans together. We must not let this tool be taken from us.

We invite you all to help us ensure that the Internet is there for everyone.

Read the 2021 Action Plan

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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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