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Policy Briefs

The documents below provide a concise Internet Society perspective on critical Internet issues. Please follow the links to read more on the different topics. Each policy brief is available both online and in a PDF form. The documents are available in English and Spanish and French.

These documents are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You are welcome to share and re-use these documents as long as you link back to this site and abide by the other terms of the license.

Policy Brief: Adoption of IPv6
IPv6 20 April 2016

Policy Brief: Adoption of IPv6

The IPv6 protocol standard is critical for supporting the Internet’s continued development. Network operators, content providers, software and hardware...

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Policy Brief: Botnets
Internet Governance 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Botnets

Botnets are a complex and continuously evolving challenge to user confidence and security on the Internet. Combating botnets requires...

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Policy Brief: Encryption
Encryption 9 June 2016

Policy Brief: Encryption

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

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Policy Brief: Human Rights
Public Policy 30 October 2015

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...

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Policy Brief: Identity on the Internet
Identity 9 June 2016

Policy Brief: Identity on the Internet

On the Internet, your digital identity is not just a name, it is who you are and your key...

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Policy Brief: Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)
Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

Internet exchange points (IXPs) can improve Internet quality and affordability in local communities. IXPs help strengthen local Internet connectivity,...

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Policy Brief: Internet Governance
Internet Governance 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Internet Governance

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

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Policy Brief: Internet Interconnection
Public Policy 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Internet Interconnection

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

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Policy Brief: Internet Invariants
Public Policy 18 October 2016

Policy Brief: Internet Invariants

As the Internet becomes an increasingly more pervasive and critical piece of infrastructure, we need to understand both the...

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Policy Brief: Local Content
Public Policy 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Local Content

Creation of and access to relevant local online content in developing countries is an important driver for the adoption...

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Policy Brief: Network Neutrality
Public Policy 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Network Neutrality

Network neutrality is a complex and controversial topic and is an important part of a free and open Internet....

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Policy Brief: Open Internet Standards
Open Internet Standards 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Open Internet Standards

Open Internet standards are a foundation of the Internet, allowing anyone to set up a new online service and...

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