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As a global organization with trustees, employees, chapters and members all over the world, we are deeply troubled by actions taken by the U.S. on Friday that placed immediate and unprecedented bans on entry to the United States of citizens and refugees of seven majority-Muslim countries.

Not only will the purported bans place an unwarranted burden on people in our organization, it is an anathema to the Internet Society whose values rest firmly on a commitment to an open, globally connected community dedicated to the open, global Internet. We are encouraged by the countries who have rejected the U.S. action this weekend and by the human rights organizations that have stood in solidarity with countless refugees and travelers who were so abruptly halted in entering the U.S.

We are watching developments; I will keep you updated as we know more.

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


Kathy, Thanking you for standing on the side of right and for speaking out. I hope you are well in these troubling times, Carol

Thank you Kathy for having the courage and commitment to speaking out on this pressing issue. Remember Martin Niemöller and his statement that When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
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