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The Internet Society and Internet History

The Internet Society was formed in 1992 by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, two of the “Fathers of the Internet”. (Read the 1992 announcement.) The Internet Society’s history and values reflect this founding lineage. Among its leadership and membership one can find many of the Internet’s technical pioneers, innovators, and global connectors. Its mission—to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world—mirrors the guiding principles that gave rise to and enabled the propagation of our era’s defining technology.

For more than 25 years, the Internet Society has also played an important role in informing and creating the history of the Internet. The Internet Society’s foundational pillars have found expression in initiatives that have helped to connect the world, supported the development of fundamental Internet technology, and promoted transparency and a multistakeholder, bottom-up approach in addressing global Internet governance issues.

Believing that “the Internet is for Everyone,” the Internet Society has worked since its founding to make that goal a reality.

History of the Internet Society

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First Meeting of the African Network Operators’ Group (AfNOG)
30-05
Apr 2000

First Meeting of the African Network Operators’ Group (AfNOG)

Outreach
INET ’00 Yokohama
First Meeting of the African Network Operators’ Group (AfNOG)
18-21
Jul 2000

INET ’00 Yokohama

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
ISOC Poland Chapter Chartered
INET ’00 Yokohama
Dec 2000

ISOC Poland Chapter Chartered

Chapters
Lynn St. Amour Named President and CEO of Internet Society
ISOC Poland Chapter Chartered
Sep 2001

Lynn St. Amour Named President and CEO of Internet Society

ISOC Ecuador Chapter Chartered
Mar 2001

ISOC Ecuador Chapter Chartered

Chapters
INET ’01 Stockholm
ISOC Ecuador Chapter Chartered
05-08
Jun 2001

INET ’01 Stockholm

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
ISOC Senegal Chapter Chartered
Jul 2001

ISOC Senegal Chapter Chartered

Chapters
Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) Established
2002

Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) Established

ISOC Successfully Bids for .ORG Registry
ISOC Senegal Chapter Chartered
18-14
Jun 2002

ISOC Successfully Bids for .ORG Registry

INET ’02 Washington, DC
ISOC Successfully Bids for .ORG Registry
18-21
Jun 2002

INET ’02 Washington, DC

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
ISOC Establishes Public Interest Registry to Administer .ORG Registry
INET ’02 Washington, DC
07
Oct 2002

ISOC Establishes Public Interest Registry to Administer .ORG Registry

Internet Society Changes Board of Trustees Selection Procedure
Jan 2003

Internet Society Changes Board of Trustees Selection Procedure

First Meeting of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) Held in Kathmandu
23-28
Jan 2003

First Meeting of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) Held in Kathmandu

Outreach
Skype Released
April 2003

Skype Released

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), First Phase
10-12
Dec 2003

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), First Phase

Policy
Internet Society Initiates ccTLD Workshops
Jan 2004

Internet Society Initiates ccTLD Workshops

Outreach
INET ’04 Barcelona
Internet Society Initiates ccTLD Workshops
10-14
May 2004

INET ’04 Barcelona

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Incorporated
Oct 2004

African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Incorporated

Outreach, Technology
Formation of AfCHIX
African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Incorporated
Nov 2004

Formation of AfCHIX

Outreach
RFC 4071 Defines the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA)
Formation of AfCHIX
Apr 2005

RFC 4071 Defines the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA)

Technology
First Video Uploaded to YouTube
23 April 2005

First Video Uploaded to YouTube

INET 2005 Cairo
08-10
May 2005

INET 2005 Cairo

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
First Meeting of The Pacific Network Operators Group (PacNOG)
19-25
Jun 2005

First Meeting of The Pacific Network Operators Group (PacNOG)

Outreach
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Second Phase
First Meeting of The Pacific Network Operators Group (PacNOG)
16-18
Nov 2005

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Second Phase

Policy
Pilot of ISOC Fellowship to the IETF Programme
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Second Phase
Jun 2006

Pilot of ISOC Fellowship to the IETF Programme

Outreach, Technology
Twitter Launched
July 2006

Twitter Launched

Internet Society Establishes First Regional Bureau, in Africa
Pilot of ISOC Fellowship to the IETF Programme
Sep 2006

Internet Society Establishes First Regional Bureau, in Africa

Policy, Outreach
Facebook Public Launch
26 September 2006

Facebook Public Launch

First Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Internet Society Establishes First Regional Bureau, in Africa
30-02
Oct 2006

First Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Policy
ISOC Establishes Latin America and Caribbean Bureau
First Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Jan 2007

ISOC Establishes Latin America and Caribbean Bureau

Outreach
September 2007

Number of Internet Hosts Exceeds Five Hundred Million

Internet Society Establishes Asia-Pacific Bureau
ISOC Establishes Latin America and Caribbean Bureau
Jan 2008

Internet Society Establishes Asia-Pacific Bureau

Outreach
4 February 2008

Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Adds IPv6 Address Records to Six Root Servers

Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union
May 2008

Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union

Outreach
Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission of the Organization of American States (CITEL)
Sep 2008

Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission of the Organization of American States (CITEL)

Policy
Internet Technical Advisor Committee (ITAC) Recognized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
15
Jan 2009

Internet Technical Advisor Committee (ITAC) Recognized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Policy
October 2009

ICANN Approves Creation of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) for Country Code Top-Level (ccTLDs)

Internet Society Launches Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Programme
Internet Technical Advisor Committee (ITAC) Recognized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
06
Oct 2009

Internet Society Launches Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Programme

Outreach
Internet Society Establishes North American Bureau
Internet Society Launches Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Programme
Jan 2010

Internet Society Establishes North American Bureau

Policy, Outreach
Internet Society Establishes European Bureau
Internet Society Establishes North American Bureau
Jan 2010

Internet Society Establishes European Bureau

Outreach, Policy
Internet Society is Granted Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)
Jul 2010

Internet Society is Granted Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)

Policy
First African Peering Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Held in Nairobi
11-12
Aug 2010

First African Peering Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Held in Nairobi

Outreach
First Meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), St. Maarten
15-19
Aug 2010

First Meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), St. Maarten

Outreach
Internet Society Obtains Permanent Observer Status to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Sep 2010

Internet Society Obtains Permanent Observer Status to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Policy
First Meeting of the Network Operators Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNOG), Sao Paulo
19-22
Oct 2010

First Meeting of the Network Operators Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNOG), Sao Paulo

Outreach
Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA)
First Meeting of the Network Operators Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNOG), Sao Paulo
Jan 2011

Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA)

World IPv6 Day
Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA)
08
Jun 2011

World IPv6 Day

Technology
Internet Society Launches Deploy360 Programme
World IPv6 Day
Dec 2011

Internet Society Launches Deploy360 Programme

Technology
Launch of Internet Hall of Fame
Internet Society Launches Deploy360 Programme
23
Apr 2012

Launch of Internet Hall of Fame

Global INET Geneva
Launch of Internet Hall of Fame
22-24
Apr 2012

Global INET Geneva

INET Conferences, Technology
Internet Society Gains Associate Status with Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
01
May 2012

Internet Society Gains Associate Status with Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

Policy
ISOC Switzerland Chapter Chartered
May 2012

ISOC Switzerland Chapter Chartered

Chapters
ISOC Kenya Chapter Chartered
May 2012

ISOC Kenya Chapter Chartered

Chapters
World IPv6 Launch
ISOC Kenya Chapter Chartered
06
Jun 2012

World IPv6 Launch

Technology
WSIS+10
25-27 February 2013

WSIS+10

Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees
World IPv6 Launch
Aug 2013

Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

Kathryn C. Brown Named CEO of Internet Society
19
Dec 2013

Kathryn C. Brown Named CEO of Internet Society

The African Union Commission Selects the Internet Society for the Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carrier Workshops of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) Project
06
Feb 2014

The African Union Commission Selects the Internet Society for the Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carrier Workshops of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) Project

Outreach
14 March 2014

Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress

Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2014 Inductees (IHOF 2014)
The African Union Commission Selects the Internet Society for the Regional Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Carrier Workshops of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) Project
08
Apr 2014

Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2014 Inductees (IHOF 2014)

Global Internet Report 2014 (GIR 2014)
Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2014 Inductees (IHOF 2014)
Jun 2014

Global Internet Report 2014 (GIR 2014)

Policy, Technology
Internet Society to Establish Association in Support of the Internet Governance Forum
Global Internet Report 2014 (GIR 2014)
07
Jul 2014

Internet Society to Establish Association in Support of the Internet Governance Forum

Policy
ITU, GSMA and Internet Society Unite in Fight against Ebola
03
Nov 2014

ITU, GSMA and Internet Society Unite in Fight against Ebola

Policy, Outreach
Network Operators Around the World Demonstrate Their Commitment to a Secure and Resilient Internet
ITU, GSMA and Internet Society Unite in Fight against Ebola
06
Nov 2014

Network Operators Around the World Demonstrate Their Commitment to a Secure and Resilient Internet

Technology
Internet Society Commends Internet Architecture Board Recommendation on Encryption-by-Default for the Internet
15
Nov 2014

Internet Society Commends Internet Architecture Board Recommendation on Encryption-by-Default for the Internet

Policy
Internet Society Approach to Cyber Security Policy
22
Jan 2015

Internet Society Approach to Cyber Security Policy

Technology, Policy
CANTO and the Internet Society Announce Partnership to Promote Internet Development and Education in the Caribbean
15
Feb 2015

CANTO and the Internet Society Announce Partnership to Promote Internet Development and Education in the Caribbean

Policy
Statement From Members Of The Internet Technical Community After The Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS2015)
CANTO and the Internet Society Announce Partnership to Promote Internet Development and Education in the Caribbean
17
Apr 2015

Statement From Members Of The Internet Technical Community After The Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS2015)

Policy, Technology
Internet Society’s 2015 Global Internet Report: Mobile is Key to Fulfilling the Promise of Internet Connectivity for the Next Billion People (2015 GIR)
Statement From Members Of The Internet Technical Community After The Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS2015)
07
Jul 2015

Internet Society’s 2015 Global Internet Report: Mobile is Key to Fulfilling the Promise of Internet Connectivity for the Next Billion People (2015 GIR)

Policy, Outreach
InterCommunity 2015
Internet Society’s 2015 Global Internet Report: Mobile is Key to Fulfilling the Promise of Internet Connectivity for the Next Billion People (2015 GIR)
07-08
Jul 2015

InterCommunity 2015

Outreach
Internet Society Boosts Global Internet Development with New Grants Programme (Launch of Beyond The Net)
InterCommunity 2015
09
Jul 2015

Internet Society Boosts Global Internet Development with New Grants Programme (Launch of Beyond The Net)

Outreach, Policy
Geneva Internet Platform and the Internet Society launch Digital Watch
Internet Society Boosts Global Internet Development with New Grants Programme (Launch of Beyond The Net)
28
Sep 2015

Geneva Internet Platform and the Internet Society launch Digital Watch

Policy
Internet Stakeholders Urge the United Nations to Safeguard Key Principles for the Future of the Internet
Geneva Internet Platform and the Internet Society launch Digital Watch
24
Nov 2015

Internet Stakeholders Urge the United Nations to Safeguard Key Principles for the Future of the Internet

Policy
The Internet Society to “Shine the Light” on Digital Trailblazers
08
Mar 2016

The Internet Society to “Shine the Light” on Digital Trailblazers

Outreach
Leading Companies and Organizations Commit over US$3M to Internet Engineering Task Force Endowment
The Internet Society to “Shine the Light” on Digital Trailblazers
20
Jul 2016

Leading Companies and Organizations Commit over US$3M to Internet Engineering Task Force Endowment

Technology
InterCommunity 2016
Leading Companies and Organizations Commit over US$3M to Internet Engineering Task Force Endowment
21
Sep 2016

InterCommunity 2016

Outreach
The Internet Society Opens Regional Bureau in the Middle East and Appoints New Director
21
Sep 2016

The Internet Society Opens Regional Bureau in the Middle East and Appoints New Director

Policy
IANA Stewardship Transition
1 October 2016

IANA Stewardship Transition

Internet trust at all time low; not enough being done to protect data, says Internet Society report (GIR 2016)
The Internet Society Opens Regional Bureau in the Middle East and Appoints New Director
23
Nov 2016

Internet trust at all time low; not enough being done to protect data, says Internet Society report (GIR 2016)

Policy
Internet Society calls on governments to stop Internet shutdowns
Jan 2017

Internet Society calls on governments to stop Internet shutdowns

Policy
Internet Society begins celebration of 25th Anniversary
Jan 2017

Internet Society begins celebration of 25th Anniversary

Policy
Welcome to the new Internet Society website!
Internet Society begins celebration of 25th Anniversary
14
Sep 2017

Welcome to the new Internet Society website!

Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2017 Inductees
19
Sep 2017

Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2017 Inductees

Launch of the 2017 Internet Society Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future
Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2017 Inductees
18
Sep 2017

Launch of the 2017 Internet Society Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future

25 Under 25 Inductees
18
Sep 2017

25 Under 25 Inductees

InterCommunity 2017
25 Under 25 Inductees
19
Sep 2017

InterCommunity 2017

MANRS Launches New IXP Programme to Promote Routing Security
23
Apr 2018

MANRS Launches New IXP Programme to Promote Routing Security

Internet Society and African Union Commission launch guidelines on Personal Data Protection

Internet Society and African Union Commission launch guidelines on Personal Data Protection

Internet Society signs MoU with DICT for Strong Internet Foundation in Philippines
09
Jul 2018

Internet Society signs MoU with DICT for Strong Internet Foundation in Philippines

Asia Pacific
Announcing the Internet Society’s New President and Chief Executive Officer
Internet Society signs MoU with DICT for Strong Internet Foundation in Philippines
01
Sep 2018

Announcing the Internet Society’s New President and Chief Executive Officer

Internet Society (ISOC) signs MoU with The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) to Secure India’s Internet Infrastructure
03
Sep 2018

Internet Society (ISOC) signs MoU with The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) to Secure India’s Internet Infrastructure

Asia Pacific