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Public Policy

Our work is based upon our fundamental belief that the Internet is for everyone. In pursuing our objectives, we operate collaboratively and inclusively, working with governments, national and international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and other parties to reach decisions about the Internet that conform to our core values. A primary focus of our public policy work is Internet governance.

We work in a multi-stakeholder fashion towards the development of an Open and Sustainable Internet for the benefit of all people. Because the Internet impacts all of us, we work with partners globally of all shapes and sizes to make sure we can address a wide range of social, economic, regulation and policy issues that interfere with an open and sustainable Internet.

Public Policy News

Future Thinking: Orla Lynskey on Data in the Age of Consolidation
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Public Policy 7 December 2018

Future Thinking: Orla Lynskey on Data in the Age of Consolidation

Last year, the Internet Society unveiled the 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future. The interactive report identifies...

Philippines Department of ICT Sets the Multistakeholder Model into Action
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Public Policy 21 November 2018

Philippines Department of ICT Sets the Multistakeholder Model into Action

Early this year, we embarked on an initiative with the Philippines Department of ICT (DICT) to co-develop the country’s...

Plenipot 2018 – What’s Up for the Internet?
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Public Policy 29 October 2018

Plenipot 2018 – What’s Up for the Internet?

Two weeks ago, the Editorial Board of the New York Times published a piece predicting that the Internet is...

Splintering the Internet: The Unintended Consequence of Regulation
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Public Policy 18 October 2018

Splintering the Internet: The Unintended Consequence of Regulation

In early 2000, two Paris-based, anti-racism groups sued Yahoo on the basis that its auction’s site was exposing French...

What’s Ahead at the 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference
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Public Policy 21 September 2018

What’s Ahead at the 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference

Today the Internet Society published a matrix of issues that will be discussed at the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU)...

Registration Open for “Cyber Diplomacy Meets InfoSec and Technology” Alongside IETF 102
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Public Policy 9 July 2018

Registration Open for “Cyber Diplomacy Meets InfoSec and Technology” Alongside IETF 102

As we recently announced, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) will host a lunch panel on “Cyber Diplomacy...

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Resources

Visit our Policy Briefs page to find documents focused on today’s critical Internet policy issues.

Intellectual Property

The Internet Society works on Internet-related intellectual property issues and aims to add its expertise to discussions such as the use of technical measures and the role of Internet intermediaries.

We also work in the area of access to digital content, including access to content in local languages through local language interfaces, and access for persons with disabilities.

The Internet Society is a Permanent Observer to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

We contribute to WIPO’s work on Internet-related Intellectual Property issues through the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) and the Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT).

The role of Internet intermediaries in fostering online freedoms
Public Policy 26 January 2015

The role of Internet intermediaries in fostering online freedoms

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks against Charlie Hebdo, voices have raised the issue of the role of...

Intellectual Property Rights and the Freedom to Share: are the two compatible?
Public Policy 9 November 2012

Intellectual Property Rights and the Freedom to Share: are the two compatible?

I had the pleasure to coordinate the organization of this workshop with the support of some other Next Generation...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the IPR Internet-related provisions
Public Policy 20 November 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the IPR Internet-related provisions

Introduction Last week, Wikileaks released what appears to be the full text of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) chapter...