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Issues

We have four key focus areas and are active on a range of Internet issues.

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    Building Trust

    Trust is the key issue in defining the future value of the Internet. The Internet Society’s policy agenda on trust is guided by our “Policy Framework for an Open and Trusted Internet“. This document underscores the challenge that diminishing trust presents to the Internet. And, it provides a blueprint for addressing the complexities of establishing the solid foundation of trust required to realize the Internet’s full potential. At its core, trust is created by taking responsibility for securing that piece of the Internet for which one bears responsibility, and by being held to account when one doesn’t.

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    Community Networks

    We are committed to network development and deployment around the world. We partner with people and sponsor what they do!

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    Connecting the World

    One of the earliest priorities of the Internet Society was to increase the reach of the Internet. That priority continues today because the Internet is for everyone. Every last person on the planet is part of “everyone”, and we won’t rest until each person has the option of choosing to be connected.

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    Domain Name System (DNS)

    The Domain Name System (DNS) is a global database that translates domain names (such as www.internetsociety.org) to Internet addresses that are used by computers to talk to each other. DNS also provides other information about domain names, such as mail services.

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    Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)

    DNSSEC allows users to have more confidence in their online activities. DNSSEC acts like tamper-proof packaging for domain name data, helping to ensure that you are communicating with the correct website or service. DNSSEC also provides us with a platform for future innovations to enhance user confidence in Internet-based services.

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    Encryption

    The Internet Society believes that end-to-end encryption should be the norm for all Internet traffic. Encryption is not only an important additional step of ongoing efforts by the technical community to address the important issue of pervasive monitoring, but also a critical technical building block for online trust.

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    Human Rights

    The Internet Society believes that people deserve to have their rights protected on the Internet as well as offline. We believe in the power of the Internet to bring all of us closer together. Whether people use the Internet to create powerful apps, find information, buy and sell things, or even just stay in touch with their family and friends — it’s important we all have the freedom to do any of these of things online.

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    Identity

    The Internet Society works in both the technical and policy arenas, supporting the development of tools and policies that empower people to manage their online identities and the 'digital footprint' they leave behind.

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    Improving Technical Security

    Global infrastructure is required so that Internet endpoints without a prior relationship can communicate in a trusted and secure way. Unmediated connections are a hallmark of the Internet. Technologies such as encryption infrastructure, time security, and identity and authentication functions comprise the necessary infrastructure. This shared connectivity and trust infrastructure enables a trustworthy and secure Internet for everyone.

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    Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

    Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) are a key part of the Internet ecosystem and represent a vital way to increase the affordability and quality of connectivity in local communities.

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    Internet Governance

    The 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.

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    Internet of Things (IoT)

    Today billions of devices are connected to the Internet in what we call the "Internet of Things" or "IoT". These devices are already transforming our lives, but as they do, there are also serious challenges that must be addressed to maximize the potential benefits.

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    IPv6

    The world officially ran out of the 4.3 billion available IPv4 addresses in February 2011. Yet, hundreds of millions of people are still to come online, many of whom will do so in the next few years. IPv6 is what will make this possible, providing enough addresses for everyone and all of their various devices.

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    Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS)

    Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) is a global initiative, supported by the Internet Society, to work with operators, enterprises, and policymakers to implement crucial fixes needed to reduce the most common routing threats.

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    Open Internet Standards

    The Internet is fundamentally based on the existence of open, non-proprietary standards. They are key to allowing devices, services, and applications to work together across a wide and dispersed network of networks.

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    Privacy

    The ability to interact online without sacrificing personal privacy is a vital part of the Internet's value, and is intimately related to its trustworthiness.

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    Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

    Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) helps stitch together the thousands of networks that collectively deliver what we think of as the Internet.

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    Shaping the Internet's Future

    As does every technology, the Internet has grown, evolved, and adapted to new technologies and new uses. As a global infrastructure, the Internet is also shaped by economic and policy forces. A key part of the Internet Society’s work is to understand and anticipate how these various factors might affect the Internet’s future, and work to ensure changes do not undermine the key attributes that have allowed the Internet to thrive over the past three decades.

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    Transport Layer Security (TLS)

    Transport Layer Security (TLS) encrypts data sent over the Internet to ensure that eavesdroppers and hackers are unable to see what you transmit.

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    Women in Tech

    From Yvonne Marie Andrés’s early laying of groundwork for online education to Radia Perlman’s impact on how how networks move data to Kanchana Kanchanasut’s and Dorcas Muthoni’s work to connect the global south, the Internet would not be what it is today without the brilliance of women. Celebrate some of the women around the world making the Internet a safer and more trusted place.

Emerging Issues

Beyond the issues above, the Internet Society monitors many emerging topics and technologies. Our Global Internet Report for 2017, "Paths to our Digital Future", outlines many new topics. For a few issues where we have more content, we have opened up separate areas here on our site.

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    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence is a technology that is already impacting how users interact with, and are affected by the Internet. In the near future, its impact is likely to only continue to grow. AI has the potential to vastly change the way that humans interact, not only with the digital world, but also with each other, through their work and through other socioeconomic institutions – for better or for worse.

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    Blockchain

    Blockchain technology enables distributed public ledgers that hold immutable data in a secure and encrypted way and ensure that transactions can never be altered. While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are the most popular examples of blockchain usage, this "distributed ledger technology" (DLT)  is finding a broad range of uses. Data storage, financial transactions, real estate, asset management and many more uses are being explored.