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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

Evidence at the cost of trust: The trouble with the Department of Justice – DreamHost case
Public Policy 25 August 2017

Evidence at the cost of trust: The trouble with the Department of Justice – DreamHost case

The social and economic benefits of the Internet cannot be realized without users’ ability to communicate and organize privately,...

What net neutrality is (and isn't)
Public Policy 31 May 2017

What net neutrality is (and isn't)

There are few Internet policy issues as divisive as net neutrality, neither are there many issues that apparently elicit...

A Peek into the Internet's Future
Public Policy 1 May 2017

A Peek into the Internet's Future

Last week in Geneva I presented the Internet Society’s Internet Futures project during UNCTAD E-Commerce week. Each time I...

CRTC Decision Creates a Canadian Framework for Net Neutrality
Public Policy 21 April 2017

CRTC Decision Creates a Canadian Framework for Net Neutrality

Yesterday’s decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) should be welcomed by advocates of net neutrality. Though...

The Internet of square brackets
Public Policy 31 October 2016

The Internet of square brackets

The World Telecommunication Standards Assembly (WTSA-16) has entered its final week, and a few Internet-related issues have proven to...

Is this the start of a new digital era for the Philippines?
Public Policy 15 July 2016

Is this the start of a new digital era for the Philippines?

The past month or so has seen a flurry of activities in the Philippines, particularly on the ICT and...

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Resources

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

  • A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet

    This policy framework provides an approach for addressing the complexities of building trust in an open environment such as...

  • Policy Brief: Encryption

    The Internet Society recognizes the concerns of law enforcement and remains firm in its conviction that encryption is an...

  • Policy Brief: Human Rights

    Internet-related government policy, corporate decisions, and technical-development choices influence the extent to which the Internet supports or challenges fundamental...

  • Policy Brief: Internet Governance

    The term Internet governance refers to the processes that impact how the Internet is managed. The historic and future success...

  • Policy Brief: Internet Interconnection

    The success of the Internet depends on reliable, efficient, and cost-effective interconnections among networks. Governments need to create policy...

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...