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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

Article 13 of the Copyright Directive Raises Serious Questions
Public Policy 19 June 2018

Article 13 of the Copyright Directive Raises Serious Questions

The next couple of days will be important for the future of the Internet, as the European Parliament’s Committee...

Net Neutrality Round Table
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Public Policy 18 June 2018

Net Neutrality Round Table

Debates regarding net neutrality regulation in the United States have been carried out for over a decade. Rulemakings by...

GDPR: Going Beyond Borders
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Public Policy 25 May 2018

GDPR: Going Beyond Borders

Today, the EU General Data Protection Regulation – or GDPR – comes into effect amid a great deal of...

US Senate Makes Moves to Reinstate Net Neutrality, But Sustainable Rules Are Still Necessary
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Public Policy 22 May 2018

US Senate Makes Moves to Reinstate Net Neutrality, But Sustainable Rules Are Still Necessary

On May 16, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) repeal...

The Larger Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Question: Is this really what we signed up for?
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Public Policy 11 April 2018

The Larger Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Question: Is this really what we signed up for?

Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the US Congress today and the flood of news about the privacy breach at Facebook...

It’s Time for a Collaborative G20 Digital Agenda
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Public Policy 2 February 2018

It’s Time for a Collaborative G20 Digital Agenda

The G20 member states account for 85 percent of the global economy and are home to half of the...

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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...