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Policy Briefs

The documents below provide a concise Internet Society perspective on critical Internet issues. Please follow the links to read more on the different topics. Each policy brief is available both online and in a PDF form. The documents are available in English and Spanish and French.

These documents are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You are welcome to share and re-use these documents as long as you link back to this site and abide by the other terms of the license.

Unleashing Community Networks: Innovative Licensing Approaches
Community Networks 14 May 2018

Unleashing Community Networks: Innovative Licensing Approaches

Introduction The Internet Society (ISOC) aims to make the Internet available for everyone, everywhere. ISOC works with industry, government,...

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IoT Security for Policymakers
Internet of Things (IoT) 19 April 2018

IoT Security for Policymakers

“Cybersecurity will be the most pressing challenge of the next decade, and IoT will play a critical role in...

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Policy Brief: Internet Shutdowns
Public Policy 13 November 2017

Policy Brief: Internet Shutdowns

An Internet shutdown can be defined as an “intentional disruption of Internet or electronic communications, rendering them inaccessible or...

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Policy Brief: Spectrum Approaches for Community Networks
Community Networks 10 October 2017

Policy Brief: Spectrum Approaches for Community Networks

Introduction The Internet Society’s goal is to make the Internet available for everyone, everywhere. 1 The Internet currently reaches...

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Policy Brief: Internet Invariants
Public Policy 18 October 2016

Policy Brief: Internet Invariants

As the Internet becomes an increasingly more pervasive and critical piece of infrastructure, we need to understand both the...

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Policy Brief: Zero-Rating
Public Policy 7 October 2016

Policy Brief: Zero-Rating

Recognizing that zero-rating has become a marketing tool for service providers and a policy issue for regulators, the Internet...

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Policy Brief: The Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) 6 October 2016

Policy Brief: The Internet of Things

Often referred to as the 'Internet of Things' (IoT), billions of smart devices are expected to come online in...

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Policy Brief: Encryption
Encryption 9 June 2016

Policy Brief: Encryption

The Internet Society recognizes the concerns of law enforcement and remains firm in its conviction that encryption is an...

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Policy Brief: Identity on the Internet
Identity 9 June 2016

Policy Brief: Identity on the Internet

On the Internet, your digital identity is not just a name, it is who you are and your key...

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Policy Brief: Adoption of IPv6
IPv6 20 April 2016

Policy Brief: Adoption of IPv6

The IPv6 protocol standard is critical for supporting the Internet’s continued development. Network operators, content providers, software and hardware...

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Policy Brief: Botnets
Internet Governance 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: Botnets

Botnets are a complex and continuously evolving challenge to user confidence and security on the Internet. Combating botnets requires...

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Policy Brief: The Challenge of Spam
Public Policy 30 October 2015

Policy Brief: The Challenge of Spam

The proliferation of spam email presents a harmful, costly, and evolving threat to Internet users. Governments can help reduce...

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