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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 2024

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

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2023 Year in Review

The Year in Review shows the steps we took in 2023 to ensure the Internet is for everyone. Learn about the positive difference we made for the Internet.

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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.

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Global Internet Report (GIR)

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

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Policy Briefs

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

Internet Society’s Submission to the European Commission’s Exploratory Consultation on “The future of the electronic communications sector and its infrastructure”

We provided feedback in response to the European Commission’s exploratory consultation on the “The future of the electronic communications sector and its infrastructure” ...

Encrypted DNS Factsheet

The domain name system (DNS) makes the Internet easier for humans to navigate as well as for services online to be highly resilient ...

Homomorphic Encryption: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?

Learn about the concept of homomorphic encryption, its practicalities and implications, in order to make smart choices about this emerging technology ...

Internet Impact Brief: How Canada’s Online News Act Will Harm the Internet, Restricting Innovation, Security, and Growth of the Digital Economy

Read how Canada’s Online News Act contributes to fragmentation by undermining encryption and splintering the relationship and experiences of people in Canada from an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy ...

Developing Readiness for Community Networks in the Middle East and North Africa

With this paper the Internet Society seeks to develop readiness for the emergence of community networks in the Middle East and North Africa region ...

Navigating Digital Sovereignty and Its Impact on the Internet

Dive into a study and learn about Digital Sovereignty and its Impact on the Internet around the world ...

Perspectives on LEO Satellites

Read how low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites can help bridge the digital divide and discover opportunities and the issues on satellite Internet access ...

Internet Impact Brief: How the US EARN IT Act Threatens Security, Confidentiality, and Safety Online

Read how the US EARN IT Act poses an existential threat to the Internet safety and security by preventing service providers from using end-to-end encryption ...

Internet Impact Brief: Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022

Read how the draft telecommunication bill may affect Internet-based services in India, and more broadly, the health of the global Internet ...

Financing Mechanisms for Locally Owned Internet Infrastructure

The report analyzes the operating models and financing mechanisms that can support the community connectivity providers ...

ITU Plenipotentiary 2022 Summary Issues – Matrix

We have analyzed proposals to the ITU Plenipotentiary 2022 (PP22) conference that may impact the future development of the Internet ...

Background Paper on ITU Plenipotentiary 2022

Read about the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 and our perspectives on some of the main issues which may be discussed ...

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Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for the Arab States

As many Arab states continue to modernize and diversify their economies with a focus on digital services, trade and e-government, both the opportunities and threats of the Internet are amplified ...

The Road to Deployment: Network Time Security

The presentation by Karen ‘O’Donoghue at LACNIC 33 ...

Policy Brief: Internet Shutdowns

An Internet shutdown can be defined as an “intentional disruption of Internet or electronic communications, rendering them inaccessible or effectively unusable, for a specific population or within a location often ...

Internet Society Position on Internet Shutdowns

The Internet Society believes Internet shutdowns harm societies, economies, and the global Internet infrastructure ...

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 ...

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. 

Sites  are eligible to ...

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.