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.

Internet Impact Brief: How Refusing Russian Networks Will Impact the Internet
Read how actions to block networks from accessing the global Internet cause significant harm what the Internet needs to exist and thrive, and the ability of people to use it ...
Path to 2025
A strategy that advances our enduring vision: The Internet is for everyone ...
Internet Impact Brief: Bangladesh: Regulation for Digital, Social Media and OTT Platforms, 2021
Finds that the provisions outlined in the draft regulation could have serious repercussions on the usefulness of the Internet for Bangladesh and its people ...
Impact of COVID-19 on the Internet Ecosystem in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Pakistan
Internet performance was negatively affected in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Pakistan during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic ...
Huawei’s “New IP” Proposal – Frequently Asked Questions
What is "New IP" Proposal, who is promoting and supporting it, what are the key concerns about it and other questions and answers about this proposal ...
Internet Impact Brief: Nigeria’s Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019
Finds that implementing the regulatory measures described in the proposed Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 would negatively affect the performance, resilience, trustworthiness and security of the Internet ...
Internet Impact Brief: Cambodia National Internet Gateway
Outlines how the decree would undermine three of five critical properties of the Internet Way of Networking and negatively impact all four of the qualities that maximize the Internet’s potential ...
MANRS Community Report 2021
The world needs a secure and resilient Internet, especially in the face of an ongoing pandemic still driving more activity and more people online ...
Internet Impact Brief: End-to-end Encryption under the UK’s Draft Online Safety Bill
This brief uses the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit (IIAT) to assess how the limitations placed on the use of end-to-end encryption under the UK’s Online Safety Bill may affect the ...
2021 Indigenous Connectivity Summit Policy Recommendations

Indigenous Peoples in North America are pursuing innovative and independent ways to connect to the Internet. They face unique challenges to connectivity and, when it comes to policymaking, they ...

Enablers of an Open, Globally Connected, Secure and Trustworthy Internet
The Enablers of an Open, Globally Connected, Secure and Trustworthy Internet are what help us get closer to the Internet we all want – now and in the future ...
How to Conduct an Internet Impact Brief
Find simple explanations of the goals, critical properties and enablers of the Internet, and a step-by-step guide to conducting and writing your own Internet impact brief ...

Archives

A Multi-Stakeholder Model in ICT Policymaking
The multistakeholder model, an established approach for Internet governance, lends itself to ideal use in policymaking for the digital era--an environment that is increasingly made up of various actors that ...
Security Factsheet: Keeping Your Workplace Safe Online
For many of us the Internet is a staple in our day-to-day lives – especially at our jobs. But did you know that by simply connecting your device to WiFi ...
Security Factsheet: Why Should Municipalities Make Network and Data Security a Priority?
Communities can minimize risk by being intentional about how and by whom networks and devices are used. These are eight best practices for municipal governments to optimize security ...
Encryption: Essential for the LGBTQ+ Community
For some communities, like LGBTQ+ communities, encryption is especially crucial in keeping people safe both online and in real life ...
Online Trust Audit – 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaigns
Given increased concerns about security and privacy in the political realm and the continuing drumbeat of high-profile data breaches, we conducted an Audit of the websites and email practices of ...
2019 Online Trust Audit Methodology 

The 2019 Online Trust Audit will represent the 11th independent analysis and benchmark report of the adoption of security standards and responsible privacy practices. This methodology reflects comments received in response to the Internet Society’s ...

Policy Brief: IoT Privacy for Policymakers

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the latest wave of integration of technology into our lives and surroundings. This rapidly-spreading new generation of devices brings cameras, microphones, sensors, computing, ...

Are Organizations Ready for New Privacy Regulations?
Based on 1,200 privacy statements, many are not prepared for coming regulations ...
2019 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

The 2019 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll will represent the 11th independent analysis and benchmark report of the adoption of security standards and responsible privacy practices. 

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2018 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report
This year’s report includes ransomware, business email compromise (BEC), distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, connected device vulnerability, and more ...
Policy Brief: Principles for Responsible Data Handling
More and more of our activities generate data which is collected and used in ways we don't see and can't control. While the data is used for analytics and targeted ...
The State of User Privacy and Trust Online
In the 2019 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, Internet users point to cybercriminals, Internet companies, other Internet users, and governments as major sources of their distrust in ...

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.