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14 September 2017

What is an Internet Society Chapter?

Internet Society Chapters are communities of like-minded people who work together to run a variety of programmes and activities, such as educational events, community and public policy programmes and networking events. Chapters are formed by individual members of the Internet Society who share an interest and belief in our principles and mission, and who are committed to furthering our goals and objectives within a particular geographic area.

Why join a Chapter?

When you join an Internet Society Chapter, you’ll receive lots of great benefits as well as helping to further our aim of using the Internet to make the world a better place. The more involved you get, the more value you get from your membership. Some of the great reasons to join your local Chapter include:

Networking

You’ll meet like-minded people who share your interest in the Internet, and expand your network of contacts – ideal if you’re job hunting, growing your business or just building a professional network.

Helping your community

Your involvement can make a difference to your local community through grants and schemes designed to help further our mission of a free and open Internet for all.

Grow your skills

Volunteering for your local Internet Society Chapter is a great way to grow your business skills and gain visibility among prospective employers or customers. In particular, you’ll be able to develop your communications, management and leadership skills through getting involved in your local Chapter.

Make a difference to people’s lives

Internet Society Chapters run a variety of programmes and events that you can get involved in, and they make a real difference to people’s lives. These include educational events that teach the general public about Internet-related issues such as security and child safety, and community programmes to increase Internet access among the economically disadvantaged or those with disabilities. On top of this, you’ll have the chance to contribute to public policy programmes, helping to inform policy and decision makers on Internet issues such as net neutrality, copyright protection, censorship or human rights.

How to join an Internet Society Chapter

You’ll need to be a member of the Internet Society to join a Chapter, so sign up to become a member if you haven’t already. Then join the Internet Society Chapter nearest you!

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