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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

New Developments in the Net Neutrality Debate
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Public Policy 12 January 2018

New Developments in the Net Neutrality Debate

Democrats in the USA haven’t given up on net neutrality since the FCC voted to repeal the 2015 Open...

The Future of Journalism in the Internet Age: Watchdogs or Lapdogs?
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Public Policy 20 December 2017

The Future of Journalism in the Internet Age: Watchdogs or Lapdogs?

Media watchdogs, increasingly criticized, threatened and attacked by corporate interests and global governments, are also among the prominent victims...

The Internet Is at a Crossroads: We Have a Choice to Make
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Public Policy 14 December 2017

The Internet Is at a Crossroads: We Have a Choice to Make

As we look around at a rapidly changing world that is shaped more and more by the digital domain, we...

Reflections from the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
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Public Policy 13 December 2017

Reflections from the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Two weeks ago, a small delegation from the Internet Society was in Delhi for a series of meetings. (See...

Reflections on a Global and Cyber heavy week at GCCS and GFCE
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Public Policy 12 December 2017

Reflections on a Global and Cyber heavy week at GCCS and GFCE

Two weeks ago, a small Internet Society delegation was in Delhi to participate in a number of events that...

Net Neutrality and the FCC’s December 14 Vote
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Public Policy 11 December 2017

Net Neutrality and the FCC’s December 14 Vote

Net neutrality is defined differently in different circles. For the Internet Society, it means that an Internet service provider...

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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...