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Year 2015

2015 was an important year for the Internet Society.

We strengthened who we are by evolving our identity.

And over 80,000 of us came together like never before.

As a powerful voice for an open, globally connected future.

Here’s how we did it.

We joined forces across distance and time.

In fact, over 13,000 people signed up to become a member.
You can join too!

And we launched the First InterCommunity: a meeting to gather all of our members as a global voice for Internet issues.
See what happened at ICOMM2015

We also built up Connect: A community platform to spark ideas and help us move forward together.
Become a member and influence the discussions on Connect

We took a deep look at our identity and, together, we captured our fundamental beliefs.

We are clear, concise, and passionate.

We are vibrant, cool and agile.

We are purposeful, open and bold.

We took a united stand for an open Internet that the world trusts, that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere.

By introducing a few simple ideas:

That the security of the open Internet depends on collaboration. Everyone has an equal part to play.
Stand with us and support a new approach to online security.

That anyone who has a stake in the open Internet’s future should have a voice in how it’s governed.
Here’s why the Internet Governance Forum matters

And that, when people can access the open Internet, it can change just about everything.
Read stories from around the world on the change the Internet brings

And people around the world came with us.

The Internet community in the Kyrgyz Republic discussed local solutions and global challenges.
Find out what we learned in the Kyrgyz Republic and what need happen next

Canadians crowdsourced an action plan for online privacy.
Here’s how Canada’s Privacy Plan project came together

350 organisations and people requested that the World Summit on the Information Society review process be open.
Thank you to everyone who stood in support for an open WSIS+10 preparatory process

The ISOC Zimbabwe Chapter is tackling an almost 85% unemployment rate by teaching kids to connect their everyday things to the Internet.
Here’s how kids in Zimbabwe are using IoT to make a difference

Local people in Pakistan gathered to build and run Internet connections where they live.
Learn how people are connecting communities in Pakistan

We helped a remote community in Guerrero connect so they could better prepare for disaster.
Here’s how ISOC Mexico worked to help prevent another disaster along the Papagayo River

Businesses worked together to connect Africa, boost their bottom line, and offer better services to their customers.
If you’re in the business of connecting Africa, come to the African Peering and Interconnection Forum

And then businesses across the Caribbean joined together to do the same.
Join the next Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum

We showed the change the Internet could bring to the economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Read the report: Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN Economies

Shows Nepal on map

Your support helped us bring Nepal back online after a catastrophic earthquake.
Learn more about bringing Nepal back online

And all the while our board members guided us the whole way!

  • Bob Hinden
  • Walid Al-Saqaf
  • Gonzalo Camarillo
  • Nacelle Clark
  • Gihan Dias
  • Hans Peter Dittler
  • Hiroshi Esaki
  • John Levine
  • Jason Livingood
  • Désirée Milosevic
  • Alice Munyua
  • Sean Turner

Thanks to our supporters, we've been able to do a lot of great work this year.
Full financial report

2015 was our best year yet, and it wouldn’t have been possible without each and everyone of you!
Stand with us for an open and trusted Internet. Join now.