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History of the Internet Society

The Internet Society was formed in 1992 by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, two of the “Fathers of the Internet”. The Internet Society’s history and values reflect this founding lineage. Among its leadership and membership one can find many of the Internet’s technical pioneers, innovators, and global connectors. Its mission—to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world—mirrors the guiding principles that gave rise to and enabled the propagation of our era’s defining technology.

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First Meeting of the African Network Operators’ Group (AfNOG)
30-05
Apr 2000

First Meeting of the African Network Operators’ Group (AfNOG)

Outreach
INET ’00 Yokohama
First Meeting of the African Network Operators’ Group (AfNOG)
18-21
Jul 2000

INET ’00 Yokohama

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
ISOC Poland Chapter Chartered
INET ’00 Yokohama
Dec 2000

ISOC Poland Chapter Chartered

Chapters
Lynn St. Amour Named President and CEO of Internet Society
ISOC Poland Chapter Chartered
Sep 2001

Lynn St. Amour Named President and CEO of Internet Society

ISOC Ecuador Chapter Chartered
Mar 2001

ISOC Ecuador Chapter Chartered

Chapters
INET ’01 Stockholm
ISOC Ecuador Chapter Chartered
05-08
Jun 2001

INET ’01 Stockholm

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
ISOC Senegal Chapter Chartered
Jul 2001

ISOC Senegal Chapter Chartered

Chapters
Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) Established
2002

Latin American and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) Established

ISOC Successfully Bids for .ORG Registry
ISOC Senegal Chapter Chartered
18-14
Jun 2002

ISOC Successfully Bids for .ORG Registry

INET ’02 Washington, DC
ISOC Successfully Bids for .ORG Registry
18-21
Jun 2002

INET ’02 Washington, DC

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
ISOC Establishes Public Interest Registry to Administer .ORG Registry
INET ’02 Washington, DC
07
Oct 2002

ISOC Establishes Public Interest Registry to Administer .ORG Registry

Internet Society Changes Board of Trustees Selection Procedure
Jan 2003

Internet Society Changes Board of Trustees Selection Procedure

First Meeting of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) Held in Kathmandu
23-28
Jan 2003

First Meeting of the South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) Held in Kathmandu

Outreach
Skype Released
April 2003

Skype Released

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), First Phase
10-12
Dec 2003

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), First Phase

Policy
Internet Society Initiates ccTLD Workshops
Jan 2004

Internet Society Initiates ccTLD Workshops

Outreach
INET ’04 Barcelona
Internet Society Initiates ccTLD Workshops
10-14
May 2004

INET ’04 Barcelona

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Incorporated
Oct 2004

African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Incorporated

Outreach, Technology
Formation of AfCHIX
African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Incorporated
Nov 2004

Formation of AfCHIX

Outreach
RFC 4071 Defines the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA)
Formation of AfCHIX
Apr 2005

RFC 4071 Defines the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA)

Technology
First Video Uploaded to YouTube
23 April 2005

First Video Uploaded to YouTube

INET 2005 Cairo
08-10
May 2005

INET 2005 Cairo

INET Conferences, Outreach, Technology
First Meeting of The Pacific Network Operators Group (PacNOG)
19-25
Jun 2005

First Meeting of The Pacific Network Operators Group (PacNOG)

Outreach
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Second Phase
First Meeting of The Pacific Network Operators Group (PacNOG)
16-18
Nov 2005

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Second Phase

Policy
Pilot of ISOC Fellowship to the IETF Programme
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Second Phase
Jun 2006

Pilot of ISOC Fellowship to the IETF Programme

Outreach, Technology
Twitter Launched
July 2006

Twitter Launched

Internet Society Establishes First Regional Bureau, in Africa
Pilot of ISOC Fellowship to the IETF Programme
Sep 2006

Internet Society Establishes First Regional Bureau, in Africa

Policy, Outreach
Facebook Public Launch
26 September 2006

Facebook Public Launch

First Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Internet Society Establishes First Regional Bureau, in Africa
30-02
Oct 2006

First Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Policy
ISOC Establishes Latin America and Caribbean Bureau
First Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Jan 2007

ISOC Establishes Latin America and Caribbean Bureau

Outreach
September 2007

Number of Internet Hosts Exceeds Five Hundred Million