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The Internet has radically transformed our lives for the better. 

In just a few decades, it’s rapidly become a critical resource offering those with access virtually infinite opportunities to innovate and work together for the collective good.

This didn’t happen by accident. The Internet owes its strength, resilience and success to the  open architecture that underpins its success. It was literally built to be built upon.

But what makes it great also makes it vulnerable. Governments and businesses are increasingly making decisions that could impact the Internet – and they might not even know it.

If we don’t consider how our actions could harm the Internet, we risk breaking the underlying foundation that makes it work for everyone.

That is why the Internet Society has created the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit.

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The Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit

The toolkit is a regulatory assessment tool to help policymakers, technologists and Internet users analyze how decisions and trends could impact the architecture of the Internet. It defines the critical properties that underpin the Internet’s success and helps us ensure our actions allow the Internet to reach its full potential – and bring connectivity, innovation, and empowerment to everyone.

Want to help protect what makes the Internet work for everyone?

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Get to know the Internet Way of Networking

Learn about the critical properties of the Internet Way of Networking that underpin the Internet’s success.

Read the toolkit
Use the Toolkit

Use the Toolkit

Conduct an Internet Impact Assessment to analyze a law, policy, business decision, technology or trend.

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Grow the Toolkit

Contribute to the growing body of knowledge that helps people protect the Internet’s foundation for success.

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Spread the Word

Spread the Word

Share the Toolkit with your local policymakers to make sure their work supports an Internet for everyone.

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