Donate
‹ Back
Technology 3 February 2014

Who Makes the Internet Work: The Internet Ecosystem

Our Internet Ecosystem

The organizations and communities that help the Internet work and evolve are called the Internet Ecosystem.

They share common values for the open development of the Internet.

Here’s what Internet Ecosystem means in this context. The rapid and continued development and adoption of Internet technologies can be attributed to the involvement of:

  • A broad range of actors
  • Open, transparent, and collaborative processes
  • The uses of products and infrastructure with dispersed ownership and control.

Organizations that make up the Internet Ecosystem include:

Technologists, engineers, architects, creatives, and organizations, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force and the World Wide Web Consortium, who help coordinate and implement open standards.

Global and local organizations that manage resources for global addressing capabilities. Among them are the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, including its operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority function, Regional Internet Registries, and Domain Name Registries and Registrars.

Operators, engineers, and vendors that provide network infrastructure services such as Domain Name Service providers, network operators, and Internet Exchange Points.

Internet users who use the Internet to communicate with one other and offer services.

Educators who teach others and build capacity for developing and using Internet technologies, such as multilateral organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies.

Policy and decision-makers who do local and global policy development and governance.

To help you further understand the Internet Ecosystem, and the organizations within it, check out the resources below:

‹ Back

Related articles

A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet
Building Trust22 June 2016

A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet

This policy framework provides an approach for addressing the complexities of building trust in an open environment such as the Internet.

Toward Collaborative Internet Development
Internet Governance6 October 2014

Toward Collaborative Internet Development

The Internet Society’s Views on the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

Policy Brief: Internet Governance
Internet Governance30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Internet Governance

The term Internet governance refers to the processes that impact how the Internet is managed. The historic and future success of the Internet as an open and trusted platform for innovation and empowerment depends on a decentralized, collaborative, and multistakeholder approach to Internet governance.

Join the conversation with Internet Society members around the world