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.

Here you can find out more about what ISOC does, as well as find other groups researching and fighting for an open Internet.

Featured Profile: Mishi Choudhary

We regularly ask people in the field of Internet and Rights about their projects, hopes and fears for online freedoms.

In this feature, learn more about Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director at the Software Freedom Law Center, and the situation of Internet shutdowns in India.

Previous profiles:

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    Nighat Dad

    Nighat Dad is founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation, based in Lahore Pakistan.

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    Sanja Kelly

    Sanja Kelly is the director for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s assessment of global Internet freedom.

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    Mondher Laabidi

    Mondher Laabidi is the president of the Internet Society Tunisia Chapter and lead organiser of the Alliance Article 32 project.

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Our Pledge to Achieve Universal Connectivity
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Human Rights 13 May 2022

Our Pledge to Achieve Universal Connectivity

We have joined the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition, with two pledges to change the lives of the world's hardest-to-connect communities.

Together, We Made a Difference: Our Impact in 2021 
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Human Rights 21 April 2022

Together, We Made a Difference: Our Impact in 2021 

The 2021 Impact Report tracks our work through our actions and the actions of those across the Internet Society's...

Why the World Must Resist Calls to Undermine the Internet
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Human Rights 2 March 2022

Why the World Must Resist Calls to Undermine the Internet

We must resist calls to cut off the Internet. It remains our best hope to communicate among all the...

MANRS in 2021: A Year of Growth and Change
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Human Rights 15 February 2022

MANRS in 2021: A Year of Growth and Change

Here are some highlights in the MANRS Community Report 2021 and outline some of our plans for 2022.

Introducing the 2022 Action Plan: A Healthy Internet for Future Generations
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Human Rights 9 December 2021

Introducing the 2022 Action Plan: A Healthy Internet for Future Generations

For the past 30 years we have strived toward our vision that the Internet is for everyone. Our 2022...

Developing Talent for the Digital Revolution
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Human Rights 12 November 2021

Developing Talent for the Digital Revolution

More than 4,000 people have taken the NetOps course so far – and next year we're launching NetOps 2.0...

Pandemic and Digital Transformation—The Middle East and North Africa Are Ready to Level Up
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Human Rights 6 October 2021

Pandemic and Digital Transformation—The Middle East and North Africa Are Ready to Level Up

Demand for the Internet has been on the rise since the advent of COVID-19, and it’s a trend likely...

New MANRS Equipment Vendor Program Launched To Improve Internet Routing Security
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Human Rights 15 September 2021

New MANRS Equipment Vendor Program Launched To Improve Internet Routing Security

Enabling routing security features on network equipment – and providing support and training on them – means network operators can...

Register for the Fifth Annual Indigenous Connectivity Summit
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Human Rights 17 August 2021

Register for the Fifth Annual Indigenous Connectivity Summit

In its second year as a virtual event, the Indigenous Connectivity Summit will take place on 12-15 October 2021....

We Can’t Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without the Internet
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Human Rights 7 July 2021

We Can’t Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without the Internet

The Internet is a critical enabler for sustainable development. It unlocks human capabilities and provides the platform upon which...

The Opportunity Your Future Needs: How I Helped Build the Internet and My Career
Human Rights 2 June 2021

The Opportunity Your Future Needs: How I Helped Build the Internet and My Career

Have you ever wondered how you can change the course of the Internet? Do you want to share your...

Community Networks: In Tanzania, Helping to Close the Connectivity Gap
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Human Rights 22 January 2019

Community Networks: In Tanzania, Helping to Close the Connectivity Gap

Community established networks, also referred to as “community networks” (CNs), have existed for many years and provide a sustainable...

The Path to WTDC-22: Connecting the Unconnected Is Critical to Achieving Sustainable Development
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Human Rights 20 May 2022

The Path to WTDC-22: Connecting the Unconnected Is Critical to Achieving Sustainable Development

Every four years, policymakers from around the world come together during the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) to collaborative...

Protecting the Internet As We Know It – Three Things You Can Do Today To Stop the Splinternet
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Human Rights 18 May 2022

Protecting the Internet As We Know It – Three Things You Can Do Today To Stop the Splinternet

Learn how to protect what the Internet needs to exist and thrive—then do something today.

Internet Society Joins Partner2Connect Coalition to Expand Internet Access Globally
Press Releases 17 May 2022

Internet Society Joins Partner2Connect Coalition to Expand Internet Access Globally

In joining the coalition, we are making pledges to support 100 complementary solutions to connect the unconnected, and to...

Strengthening Africa’s Domain Name System
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Human Rights 11 May 2022

Strengthening Africa’s Domain Name System

The annual Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum has achieved a lot since it launched in 2013. Here are...

Two Months of War: The Impact on the Internet’s Core
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Human Rights 11 May 2022

Two Months of War: The Impact on the Internet’s Core

Will the war in Ukraine have a lasting impact on the underlying fabric of the Internet? We used data...

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Video: Session with UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy

On Tuesday June 14, 2016, the Internet Society hosted an exclusive online conversation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Prof. Joseph Cannataci.

 

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