Open Letters

Speaking up for an open and trusted Internet.

Open Letter on Qualified Web Authentication Certificates on the European Identity (EUid) Regulation

April 2022 – Andrew Sullivan joins Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Steve Crocker, and other Internet community members to raise their concerns about a European legislative proposal that would undermine web security.

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Internet Society and Civil Society Groups Call Upon US Government Not to Disrupt Internet Access in Russia or Belarus

March 2022 – Access Now, Wikimedia Foundation, and over 35 other civil society organizations called upon the US government to ensure the people of Russia and Belarus are not cut off from the internet. The signatories deplore Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and urge that further restricting the internet in Russia and Belarus will only accelerate violence and repression.

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Letter to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

March 2022 – International coalition of organizations calls on the BTRC to withdraw and reconsider the “Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Regulation for Digital, Social Media and OTT Platforms”. 

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Open Letter to Members of UK Parliament: End-to-End Encryption Keeps Us Safe

June 2021 – The members of the Global Encryption Coalition and other organizations are calling on the Home Office to explain how it plans to protect the British public from criminals online when it is taking away the very tools that keep the public safe.

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Canada Used to Support an Open and Secure Internet. Why Is That Changing?

May 2021 – Canadian Internet experts are calling on the Government of Canada to start making better-informed decisions about the Internet.

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ISPs Must Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

March 2021 – Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Internet Society call on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to commit to limiting data collection and retention, and ensure transparency around how data is stored and used — including data sharing with business partners and affiliates for non-operational purposes.

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Open Letter Against Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act

July 2020 – The Internet Society, along with more than 75 other civil society and industry organizations and individual cybersecurity experts, have signed on to an open letter strongly opposing the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data (LAED) Act.

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Civil Society Coalition Condemns EARN IT Act

March 2020 – The Internet Society joins a coalition of 25 civil society organizations sending a letter to Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees expressing strong opposition to the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (“EARN IT Act”).

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Amendments to India’s Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules under the Information Technology Act

January 2020 – In pursuing the goal of curbing online misinformation and illegal content through content filtering requirements, the proposed amendments would put the security of the Internet and its users, and the future of a digital India at greater risk.

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U.S., U. K., and Australia: Encryption Keeps Us Secure

December 2019 – The Internet Society joins over 100 organizations and security experts urging these countries to rethink their calls for exceptional access.

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Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans

October 2019 – The Internet Society joins over 110 other organizations encouraging Facebook to continue its plans to implement end-to-end encryption across its platform.

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Internet Society Signs LAC Technical Community Letter on Encryption

October 2019 – The Internet Society LAC Bureau signed a letter on the importance of encryption produced by ALAI and co-signed by LACNIC. The letter underscores the technical and economic aspects of the matter, highlighting that encryption is an essential condition for stability and trust in the digital ecosystem.

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G7 Leaders: Protect Strong Encryption for a Secure World

August 2019 – The Internet Society and more than 30 organizations call on G7 leaders to prioritize digital security.

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Amazon on Privacy Policies

July 2019 – Make privacy policies mandatory for all third-party connected devices.

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Internet Society Signs Open Letter Opposing GCHQ Ghost Proposal For Weakening Encrypted Communications

May 2019 – We must strengthen, not weaken encryption. By whatever name, any point of entry to a secure service is a weakness.

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Retailers: Apply Security and Privacy Guidelines

February 2019 – The Internet Society joined Mozilla in calling on big retailers in the US like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon to publicly endorse and apply our minimum security and privacy guidelines and stop selling insecure connected devices.

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Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace

November 2018 – It is essential to bring the international community together to ensure peace and security in the digital space.

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Australia: Abandon Plans to Introduce Legislation That Undermines Strong Encryption

July 2018 – The Internet Society and its locally based chapter, Internet Australia, joined 75 organizations urging Australia not to pursue legislation that could undermine the security of encrypted services and devices used by Australians.

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G20 Leaders: Bring People to the Centre of the Digital Future

May 2018 – Citizens and consumers have a right to be placed at the centre of decisions around the digital society.

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Secure the Internet

February 2016 – Governments: support the development and use of secure communications tools and technologies and reject policies that would prevent or undermine the use of strong encryption.

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Presidential Candidates

August 2015 – OTA calls for greater disclosure on collection, use, retention and sharing as well as the ability for consumers to opt out (or ideally opt in) of all such sharing.

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