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.

Impact Report 2020

Some of our important work in 2020, highlighting how our community has worked together to to build, promote and defend the Internet.

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.

Security Through Encryption and Despite Encryption: An (un)Achievable Outcome?
On 16 June 2021 we organised a roundtable to explore in greater detail how to apply the European Council’s position on encryption, following its November 2020 Resolution; “Security through encryption ...
Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa
The Internet is a ‘network of networks’ made up of tens of thousands of networks that interconnect and route traffic efficiently between end points. While the interconnections and routing of ...
Moving Toward an Interconnected Africa: The 80/20 Initiative

In 2010, the Africa Internet technical community embraced an ambitious vision to have 80% of all Internet traffic locally accessible with only 20% being sourced internationally by 2020.

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Effective IXP strategies for the Asia-Pacific
In partnership with the Asia Pacific Internet Exchange Association (APIX), we set out to explore how different exchanges fit into their local environment to find best strategies and approaches they ...
The Economic Impact of Laws that Weaken Encryption

In 2018 the Australian parliament passed the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act (TOLA) 2018, expanding the government's powers to bypass digital data protections, and bringing with ...

Mauritius IGF and Internet Society Response to Mauritius ICTA Consultation Paper
The Mauritius IGF and the Internet Society's input to the proposed amendments to the ICT ACT for regulating the use and addressing the abuse and misuse of Social Media in ...
Encryption unlocks the benefits of a thriving, trustworthy Internet
This analysis is intended to help policymakers worldwide understand how encryption operates throughout the Internet’s infrastructure, and not just in the applications so many of us use each day ...
Guide to Federal Broadband Funding Opportunities in the U.S.
This guide offers an overview of federal funding options that could provide financial support to Tribal, state, and local governments and utilities in their efforts to expand broadband infrastructure ...
MANRS Community Report 2020
In this report we highlight success stories, the concrete impacts we made, from our efforts in training and partnership to leadership initiatives. We also outline our goals and plan for ...
How to Make Sure Section 230 Reforms Don’t Harm the Foundation of the Internet

Author: Katie Watson Jordan

We called it in 2020, and barely two months into the new year the increasing trend in the United States to propose reforms to Section 230 ...

Fact Sheet: Understanding Encryption: The Connections to Survivor Safety
For many survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and trafficking, having private and secure ways to communicate and store files electronically is a vital part of their safety. For ...
Internet Way of Networking Use Case: Content Filtering

This use case analyzes the effect that government policies requiring content filtering may have on the Internet Way of Networking. To understand how such policies could undermine the Internet’s broader ...

Archives

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 ...
Net Neutrality Experts’ Roundtable Series Process Report
The United States needs an approach that upholds the core principles of an open Internet and provides market stability; it also needs a solution that puts consumer rights at the ...
Net Neutrality Legislation: A Framework for Consensus

Note: The Net Neutrality Principles do not represent the views of the Internet Society, nor any of its Chapters, members, partners or any of the participating organizations. Rather, they ...

Enhancing IoT Security: Final Outcomes and Recommendations Report
The Internet of Things (IoT) carries enormous potential to change the world for the better. Projections for the impact of IoT on the Internet and the global economy are impressive, ...

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.