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

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

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...

Support New Ways of Working to Connect the World
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Development 8 October 2017

Support New Ways of Working to Connect the World

The World Telecommunications Conference (WTDC) begins today. This is a key moment to remind the world that together we...

Every Connection Matters – Shape Tomorrow and Help Close Digital Divides
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Development 5 October 2017

Every Connection Matters – Shape Tomorrow and Help Close Digital Divides

We are currently living a special moment in time, a sort of paradox. Today, almost half of the world’s...

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