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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.

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 ...

COVID-19 Impact on Internet Performance

This report holistically examines the state of Internet infrastructure, performance, network resilience and discusses insights on how to strengthen Internet performance in Afghanistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka ...

White Paper: Considerations for Mandating Open Interfaces

People all around the world depend on the Internet to live their lives and do their jobs. Behind the surface of applications, online services depend on “interoperability”, the ability of software ...

Traceability and Cybersecurity

Traceability, or the ability track down the originator of a particular piece of content or message, is at the center of India’s debate around rules for online platforms and communications ...

Impact of COVID-19 on the Internet Ecosystem in the Middle East and North Africa

This paper focuses on the challenges of addressing the COVID-19 crisis and its potential aftermath in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ...

Insights from Internet Society’s 2020 Public Pulse Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how critical the Internet is to daily life – a point further emphasized in a recent public pulse survey from the Internet Society, a global ...

Breaking Encryption Myths

In September 2020, a draft European Commission report called “Technical solutions to detect child sexual abuse in end-to-end encrypted communications” was leaked.1 The report gave an analysis of different ways ...

2020 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 are ...

Internet Way of Networking Use Case: Data Localization

This use case analyzes the effect that government policies regarding data localization may have on the Internet Way of Networking ...

Archives

Report from the Field: Post-Hurricane Connectivity in the Caribbean

We ask our community to join with us to both #ReconnectTheCaribbean, and also to work to ensure the networks are resilient to withstand the storms that may hit in 2018, ...

2017 Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report

This year marks the Online Trust Alliance’s tenth annual publication related to cyber incidents and breach readiness. Now an initiative of the Internet Society, OTA reviews cyber incident and breach ...

Best Practices: Cyber Incident Response Readiness

  • Complete risk assessments for executive review, operational process and third-party vendors
  • Review security best practices and validate your organization’s adoption or reasoning for not adopting
  • Audit your data and ...

2017 Email Marketing & Unsubscribe Audit

The 2017 Audit found that the vast majority of audited online retailers have embraced unsubscribe best practices, going beyond mere compliance, and have shown improvement since 2014 despite expanded and ...

Issue Paper, Asia-Pacific Bureau: Internet of Things

Building on the framework and concepts presented in the Internet Society Policy Brief on the Internet of Things, this issues paper focuses on concerns and good practices ...

Issue Paper, Asia-Pacific Bureau: Digital Safety of Children and Youth

This issues paper builds on two Internet Society reports, “Children and the Internet” and “Mapping Online Child Safety in Asia-Pacific” to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the digital ...

Issue Paper, Asia-Pacific Bureau: Local and Localised Content

Building on the key considerations and guiding principles presented in the Internet Society Policy Brief on Local Content, this issues paper focuses on the challenges and opportunities ...

Promoting the African Internet Economy

Author: Michael Kende

Michael Kende is a Senior Fellow at the Internet Society. Many thanks to Dawit Bekele for his leadership and vision, and to Sally Wentworth, Konstantinos Komaitis, Jane ...

Internet Access and Education

The Internet has immense potential to improve the quality of education, which is one of the pillars of sustainable development. This Internet Society briefing outlines ways in which policymakers can ...

Policy Brief: Spectrum Approaches for Community Networks

Community networks are built and operated by people in the community; they are the result of people working together, combining their resources, organizing their efforts, and connecting themselves to close ...

Tusheti Case Study

Tusheti, Georgia

The Internet Society partnered with its Georgian Chapter and several Georgian Internet organisations to connect the remote and mountainous region of Tusheti to the ...

Timeline & History of the Internet in Asia and the Pacific

The Internet Society's 25th anniversary timeline & history of the Internet in Asia and the Pacific ...

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.