Resource Library

Everyone should have access to an open and trusted Internet.
Read our reports, papers, and other documents for insight and vision on how we can get there.

Action Plan 2022

Our roadmap for tackling the threats and challenges for today’s Internet as we look to grow and strengthen it for future generations.

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Impact Report 2021

As the world is shifting, we need the Internet more than ever. Learn what the Internet Society is doing to help ensure no one is left behind.

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Internet Impact Briefs

Shorter reports that analyze how different policies or new technologies may affect what the Internet needs to exist and thrive.

Global Internet Report (GIR)

From trust to consolidation, access to sustainability, a deep look at the forces shaping our digital future.

Policy Briefs

Our perspective on critical Internet issues, including community networks, encryption, open Internet standards, Internet Exchange Points, and more.

Wireless for Communities in Nepal: Status Report – May 2016
The W4C programme in Nepal was launched in the aftermath of the Gorkha Earthquake in April 2015, in partnership with the Nepal Wireless Networking Project, an initiative of Mahabir Pun, awardee of the ...
Report: IGF 2015 Workshop – Law enforcement in a world of pervasive encryption
Report by: Nicolas Seidler, with input from Jairus Pryor IGF 2015 Brazil, Joao Pessoa (November 2015) Organiser: The Internet Society Moderator: Nicolas Seidler, Policy advisor, the Internet Society Speakers:
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Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) Program Committee Governance Structure

This document details the governance framework determining how the Program Committee for the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (referred to as “PC”) will be structured and regulated. It consists of ...

Wireless for Communities in India: Phase 4 Report
  • Supported 50 women in five communities to create Internet-based social enterprises that are owned and managed by women.
  • Five communities selected include Baran in Rajasthan, Chanderi and Shivpuri in ...
Kyrgyz Internet Environment Assessment
The objective of this report is to contribute to the Internet development efforts in the Kyrgyz Republic by providing an analysis of the current Internet environment, and by proposing recommendations ...
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, develop local Internet industry, improve competitiveness, and serve as a hub ...
Policy Brief: Internet Interconnection
The success of the Internet depends on reliable, efficient, and cost-effective interconnections among networks. Governments need to create policy and regulatory environments that remove artificial barriers and foster flexibility in ...
Addressing the challenge of IP spoofing
Nowhere in the basic architecture of the Internet is there a more hideous flaw than in the lack of enforcement of simple SAV (source-address validation) by most gateways.   - Paul ...
Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) Program Brochure
Available data shows that Africa imports more than 99% of the Internet content consumed creating an Internet Transit Deficit – where significantly less traffic is generated locally than accessed internationally ...
Internet Society Submission to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of the Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion Regarding the Use of Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications
DATE: 10 FEBRUARY 2015 The Internet Society welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the report that will be prepared by the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the ...
Barefoot & Connected: Socio-behavioural impact of wireless broadband & digital intervention in a village campus
The Wireless for Communities (W4C) programme has connected rural and remote locations in as many as 38 districts across 18 states of India — and the numbers are growing. One of these ...

Archives

WTSA 2016 Matrix of Resolutions

This chart summarizes the proposed changes to Internet related WTSA-12 resolutions (including new resolutions) in an effort to identify issues, areas of concern, organizations impacted, etc., on a best-efforts basis. Suggestions to ...

Statement for the House of Representatives: “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks”

Statement for the Record

“Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks”
United States House of Representatives
Committee on Energy and Commerce
Joint Hearing of the
Subcommittee on ...

Call for submissions by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
1 November 2016 Question addressed:

Please share information concerning the role of relevant standards and Internet governance bodies in protecting and promoting freedom of expression, and how that ...

2016 Email Marketing & Unsubscribe Audit

The 2016 Audit found that the vast majority of top online retailers have embraced unsubscribe best practices that go beyond mere compliance and have shown improvement since 2014 despite more ...

EU Issues Overview – 22 October – 28 October 2016
  • The German-French letter called for reinforced cooperation between law enforcement agencies and electronic communications service providers. Originally dated 28 October, the letter was subject to discussion during the Justice and Home Affairs ...
Overview of the Digital Object Architecture (DOA)
In preparation for the ITU's World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA) 2016, the Internet Society received multiple questions around the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) being cited in several WTSA resolutions. To ...
Policy Brief: Internet Invariants
As the Internet becomes an increasingly more pervasive and critical piece of infrastructure, we need to understand both the network’s challenges and opportunities if we want it to continue to ...
Online Identity: Who, Me?
This brief document is the first of a series which is intended to serve as a useful reference for online identity-related topics, and will include links to a number of ...
Policy Brief: Zero-Rating
Recognizing that zero-rating has become a marketing tool for service providers and a policy issue for regulators, the Internet Society aims to provide a general framework for reviewing zero-rating offers ...
Policy Brief: The Internet of Things
Billions of smart devices are expected to come online in the coming decade, bringing with them the promise of global economic opportunities and new innovations that will transform the way ...
IANA Amicus Brief
On September 30, 2016, organizations and individuals within the Internet's technical and business communities filed the attached amicus brief in the lawsuit filed by the Attorney Generals of Arizona, Texas, ...
RW10k: Combating Spam as Network Operators
RW10k: Combating Spam as Network Operators
The Rwanda Information & Communicat ion Technology Association (RICTA) learned a tough lesson in 2016 when their web servers were attacked and used ...

Organization Reports

On annual basis, we publish annual reports (an Action Plan and Impact Report), as well as financial reports, annual financial statements, and Form 990s.