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.

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

IPv6 Security Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Internet Society recognises that global deployment of the IPv6 protocol is paramount to accommodate the present and future growth of the Internet. Given the scale at which IPv6 must ...

10 Goals for Good Privacy Protection Law
The concept of digital “privacy” refers to an individual’s right to determine when, how, and to what extent their personal data can be shared. Privacy is essential to our ability ...
9 Steps Companies Must Take to Ensure Data Privacy
Many Internet companies have extraordinary access to individuals’ personal data – their actions, their friends, their preferences, their interests – and their most intimate secrets. These companies should handle this ...
2018 Email Marketing & Unsubscribe Audit

The 2018 Email Marketing & Unsubscribe Audit found that the vast majority of audited online retailers have embraced unsubscribe best practices, going beyond mere compliance, and have shown continued improvement ...

Best Practices: Email Unsubscribe

Email is a vibrant channel for marketers to connect with consumers on many fronts, providing an important value exchange between consumers and industry. Marketing emails can range from promotional offers ...

The Internet Society Survey on Policy Issues in Asia-Pacific 2018
This year’s survey focuses on the security and privacy of the Internet of Things (IoT)—the rapidly expanding network of devices, physical objects, services and applications that communicate over the Internet ...
Beyond the Net Impact Report 2017
The Internet Society is guided by the belief that for an Internet to exist for the good of all people, it must be shaped by diversity, inclusion, and equality ...
Routing Security for Policymakers
Although unseen to the average user, Internet Protocol (IP) routing underpins the Internet. By ensuring that packets[1] go where they are supposed to, routing[2] has a central role in the ...
The Internet and Extra-Territorial Effects of Laws
How to avoid rule-setting and decision-making that will constrain the Internet around the world
The Internet is global, so regulations and court decisions that affect it may have extra-territorial[1] effects ...
European Regional Bureau Newsletter – 29 Sep – 5 Oct 2018
EU: Commission responds to claims it is worsening the digital divide with WiFi4EU programme
European Regional Bureau Newsletter – 22 – 28 Sep 2018
EU: Council of the EU adopts Single Digital Gateway Regulation
  • The Council of the EU adopted on 27 September a regulation setting up a single digital gateway to facilitate ...
Beyond the Net Funding Newsletter – September 2018
The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is proud to announce the results of our 2018 Grant Cycle. A total of 49 Chapter applications were received and after a thorough reviewing ...

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.