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Our mission

By connecting the world, working with others, and advocating for equal access to the Internet, the Internet Society strives to make the world a better place.

At the foundation of our work is a vision

To promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

To help achieve our mission, the Internet Society:

  • Facilitates open development of standards, protocols, administration, and the technical infrastructure of the Internet.
  • Supports education in developing countries specifically, and wherever the need exists.
  • Promotes professional development and builds community to foster participation and leadership in areas important to the evolution of the Internet.
  • Provides reliable information about the Internet.
  • Provides forums for discussion of issues that affect Internet evolution, development and use in technical, commercial, societal, and other contexts.
  • Fosters an environment for international cooperation, community, and a culture that enables self-governance to work.
  • Serves as a focal point for cooperative efforts to promote the Internet as a positive tool to benefit all people throughout the world.
  • Provides management and coordination for on-strategy initiatives and outreach efforts in humanitarian, educational, societal, and other contexts.

With these strategic underpinnings in place, the Internet Society has identified and undertaken a number of projects to demonstrate its commitment to the mission. Many of these have been initiated by Chapters or as a result of individual and organizational member desires. Others have been undertaken through the efforts of the Trustees, and Internet Society staff in Reston, Geneva, and around the globe.