Donate

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.

We promote policies and build communities to sustain an Internet that is a universally accessible platform for innovation, creativity, and economic opportunity. We advance the development and application of Internet infrastructure, technologies, and open standards to enable an open Internet for all.

The most prominent part of our investment in connecting people in 2019 remains our campaign in favor of community networks. In 2018, we undertook successful efforts to support the creation of community networks. In the coming year we will shift our work by establishing enduring technical, policy, and regulatory frameworks that will help communities of the world connect themselves. We need the whole Internet community to complete this work.

The culmination of this effort will be a global summit for this community by the end of 2019, hosted by the Internet Society. The summit will be the expression of a roadmap to advance community networks, and be a foundation for a community-driven organization of community networks to implement the roadmap.

Community Networks

Community Networks

IXPs and Interconnection

Additional priorities in 2019 for our Connecting the World focus area will include continuing to strengthen interconnection and peering ecosystems around the world:

Supporting and developing  Internet exchange points (IXPs)

Success will be measured by observing the ongoing viability of IXPs where we have been involved, as our involvement declines. Our goal is that 80% of African Internet traffic remains in Africa.

Collaborating with Facebook in Africa

We will provide equipment, build capacity, and promote best practices to scale the technical operations of at least 10 IXPs in Africa. We will also support the 2019 edition of the African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) with a goal of attracting 20% more participants than in 2018.

Training and skills development

Success will be measured by the incorporation of trainees into direct network operations, and also by the use of previously-trained people as instructors in subsequent training sessions.

Continued support of the following forums, including ensuring evolution towards becoming true community events:

African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF)

Since 2010 the Internet Society has supported AfPIF, recognized as one of the most important Internet events in Africa.

It addresses the key interconnection, peering, and traffic exchange opportunities and challenges on the continent and provides participants with global and regional insights for maximising opportunities that will help grow Internet infrastructure and services in Africa.

Visit our AfPIF website

Indigenous Connectivity Summit (ICS)

The Indigenous Connectivity Summit is a unique event that focuses on ensuring Indigenous communities can connect themselves to fast, affordable, and sustainable Internet.

Including Indigenous voices in the decisions and solutions that shape the Internet is a critical part of closing the connectivity gap in rural and remote communities throughout North America.

Read about 2018 Indigenous Connectivity Summit

Access News

In Patagonia: A New Community Network in the Village of El Cuy
In Patagonia: A New Community Network in the Village of El Cuy Thumbnail
Connecting the World 4 July 2019

In Patagonia: A New Community Network in the Village of El Cuy

Patagonia, a region in Argentina made up of deserts, pampas, and grasslands, is known for its large areas of...

Becoming Broadband Ready Means Community Innovation and Collaboration
Becoming Broadband Ready Means Community Innovation and Collaboration Thumbnail
Connecting the World 3 July 2019

Becoming Broadband Ready Means Community Innovation and Collaboration

There are countless communities across North America that are hungry to see better broadband access for their residents. It’s...

Community Dispatch: New Hawaii Chapter Says the Internet Still a Force for Good
Community Dispatch: New Hawaii Chapter Says the Internet Still a Force for Good Thumbnail
Connecting the World 28 June 2019

Community Dispatch: New Hawaii Chapter Says the Internet Still a Force for Good

My first exposure to the Internet Society was back in 1995 when they held the 5th Annual INET International...

Internet access key to protecting threatened Indigenous languages
torontostar-logo
In the News 26 June 2019

Internet access key to protecting threatened Indigenous languages

The Toronto Star
Applications for 2019 Chapterthon Now Open
Applications for 2019 Chapterthon Now Open Thumbnail
Connecting the World 19 June 2019

Applications for 2019 Chapterthon Now Open

We’re happy to announce that the call for applications for the 2019 Chapterthon is now open. Our world is...

More options for Internet
NNSL-Media
In the News 18 June 2019

More options for Internet

NNSL
Load More

Image credit: Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures