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Internet development is about people.

Shared knowledge and collaborative relationships are key drivers of successful Internet growth, not technology alone.

We believe that:
  • Internet participants are colleagues capable of making unique contributions to their local Internet community and to the global Internet.
  • Internet development activities should promote information and experience sharing locally as well as facilitate the participation of local experts in global activities that influence future Internet directions.
  • Local people must be empowered to make informed choices about how best to use and apply a broad range of networking techniques, applications, and technologies to their local situations.
  • Long-term Internet development does not happen by imposing solutions.
  • To make a lasting impact, Internet development activities should aim to achieve self-sustainability through local Internet experts and technology.
  • Strong partnerships with local communities and organisations are necessary for achieving success.
  • Governmental bodies play a key role by promoting policy approaches and regulatory environments that enable Internet growth and deployment.  Decisions should be informed by sound information about the Internet and take advantage of multi-stakeholder approaches and input.

Smart Development

The Internet Society works to foster growth and access to technology by bringing information, training, and partnerships to people and communities across the globe.

We amplify our efforts by concentrating on building projects focused on sustainable human, technical, and governance infrastructures. We believe these three fundamental pillars are the key to sucessful Internet development initiatives that benefits local culture, empowers users and generate economic growth.

We call this smart development.

Smart development is about:
  1. Human Infrastructure
    Trained, educated and engaged people who create, sustain, and maintain networks at a local and regional level. People who connect with each other and form “trusted human networks” that build content and innovate around the world. This is what allows the Internet to grow and become a platform for economic and community development.
  2. Technical infrastructure
    The networks, computers, protocols (“standards”), Internet exchange points, and other technology that the Internet runs “on”, and through which the unconnected become connected. Where innovation drives technology and economic growth.
  3. Governance Infrastructure
    The frameworks, guidelines and rules that promote Internet use, innovation and expansion are critical to allow the Internet to fulfill Its’ potential as a channel for human expression and development. This can be as simple as committed and organized people who manage an IXP, to robust stakeholder commitment to building out the Internet and discussing
Why is this important?

The Internet works because its governance is distributed, open, inclusive, collaborative, and transparent. We work to keep it this way. 

Smart Development aims to strengthen this idea. It represents a positive, inclusive, and proven alternative to policies that can stifle innovation and network development. It offers an apolitical, non-interventionist method of building Internet connectivity and engagement that is accessible anywhere in the world and offers proven, cost-effective and replicable results.

We make this happen by:

And we focus our work on selected key issues:

Development News

Learning by Doing: Have You Heard of the Suusamyr Community Network in Kyrgyzstan?
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Development 19 September 2018

Learning by Doing: Have You Heard of the Suusamyr Community Network in Kyrgyzstan?

Last week, the Internet Society together with our Kyrgyz chapter and the wider local community held discussions about Internet...

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!
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Development 14 September 2018

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is pleased to announce the results of our 2018 grant cycle. A total...

European Agenda on Digital for Development: Can the Multistakeholder Approach Help?
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Development 4 May 2018

European Agenda on Digital for Development: Can the Multistakeholder Approach Help?

The year 2017 was an important milestone in moving forward the European agenda for Digital for Development (D4D). The...

Internet Society, LACNIC, and LAC-IX Partner to Strengthen IXPs in Latin America
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Development 3 May 2018

Internet Society, LACNIC, and LAC-IX Partner to Strengthen IXPs in Latin America

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, the Internet Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Internet Exchange Points...

New policies needed to close the digital divide, says Internet Society  
Press Releases 11 October 2017

New policies needed to close the digital divide, says Internet Society  

New paper highlights crucial role of Community Networks in connecting the unconnected Buenos Aires, Argentina–11 October, 2017–  The Internet...

A Community Network in the Remote Georgian Region of Tusheti
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Development 9 October 2017

A Community Network in the Remote Georgian Region of Tusheti

Update: You can now read more about this project in a stunning online story in the January 2018 edition...

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