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

9 July 2015

‘Beyond the Net’ designed to support ideas that promote an open, secure Internet and enhance the Internet’s potential to empower people

The Internet Society today announced the launch of its new grants programme, Beyond the Net, which will support innovative ideas that promote the open development of a secure Internet and explore the potential of the Internet to empower people and communities.

The Internet Society is a global organization with more than 70,000 members in 92 countries, and 110 volunteer-led Chapters. Under the new programme, as part of the Internet Society’s strategic focus on boosting Internet development initiatives around the world, Internet Society Chapters are able to apply for grants ranging from up to USD$3,500 ─ $30,000, depending on the project scope and length.

“Beyond the Net augments our long-standing support of community-based initiatives that advance Internet access, leadership, education, and development around the world,” said Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society.  “The Internet Society is committed to encouraging innovative and collaborative initiatives that support our mission of an open, global, resilient Internet for everyone.  We are proud to offer this new programme to further the important regional and local work of our Chapters.”

The Beyond the Net programme is focused on supporting Internet Society Chapter projects in one of three areas:

  • Access and Development:  Projects that provide equal development opportunities for all people by promoting the relevance, deployment, and adoption of the open Internet.
  • Open Standards, Security and Resilience: Projects and best practices that increase development and use of security and resiliency technologies, shape the evolution of online identity infrastructures, and improve choice and consent in the handling of user data Initiatives.
  • Policy environment: Projects that facilitate and promote global, regional, and local environments that enable the continuing evolution of an open Internet.

The Internet Society has long supported community-based Internet projects, both operationally and financially.  Over the years, the Internet Society has helped fund more than 180 different projects on four continents, across a wide range of initiatives from education and policymaking, to the implementation of new standards and Internet Exchange Points.

For more information on Beyond the Net, visit www.internetsociety.org/beyondthenet

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