The Internet is for everyone.
The Internet Society supports and promotes the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society.
Our work aligns with our goals for the Internet to be open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy. We seek collaboration with all who share these goals.
Together, we focus on:
Building and supporting the communities that make the Internet work;
Advancing the development and application of Internet infrastructure, technologies, and open standards; and
Advocating for policy that is consistent with our view of the Internet
Highlights of Activities
To help achieve our mission, the Internet Society:
Facilitates open development of standards, protocols, administration, and the technical infrastructure of the Internet.
Supports education in developing countries specifically, and wherever the need exists.
Promotes professional development and builds community to foster participation and leadership in areas important to the evolution of the Internet.
Provides reliable information about the Internet.
Provides forums for discussion of issues that affect Internet evolution, development and use in technical, commercial, societal, and other contexts.
Fosters an environment for international cooperation, community, and a culture that enables self-governance to work.
Serves as a focal point for cooperative efforts to promote the Internet as a positive tool to benefit all people throughout the world.
Provides management and coordination for on-strategy initiatives and outreach efforts in humanitarian, educational, societal, and other contexts.
The Internet Society (ISOC) is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, access, and policy. Its mission is "to promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world".
The Internet Society has its global headquarters in Reston, Virginia, United States (near Washington, D.C.), a major office in Geneva, Switzerland, and regional bureaus in Brussels, Singapore, and Montevideo. It has a global membership base of more than 100,000 organizational and individual members.
The Internet Society was formed officially in 1992 by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn with one of its purposes being to provide a corporate structure to support the Internet standards development process. Cerf, Kahn, and Lyman Chapin released a document, Announcing ISOC, which explained the rationale for establishing the Internet Society. This document also defines the original charter of the organization as follows:
The Society will be a non-profit organization and will be operated for international educational, charitable, and scientific purposes, among which are:
• To facilitate and support the technical evolution of the Internet as a research and education infrastructure and to stimulate involvement of the academic, scientific, and engineering communities (among others) in the evolution of the Internet.
• To educate the academic and scientific communities and the public concerning the technology, use, and application of the Internet.
• To promote scientific and educational applications of Internet technology for the benefit of educational institutions at all grade levels, industry, and the public at large.
• To provide a forum for exploration of new Internet applications and to foster collaboration among organizations in their operation and use of the Internet.
Internet Society Resources
About the Internet: How it works, Who makes it work, Facts and figures, A Brief History of the Internet, How the Internet is evolving.
Focus Areas: Connecting the world, Building trust, Improving technical security, Shaping the Internet’s future.
Current Issues: Building trust, Community networks, Connecting the world, Domain Name System (DNS), Domain Name System security extensions (DNSSEC), Encryption, Human rights, Identity, Improving technical security, Internet exchange points (IXPs), Internet governance, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet Protocol ver 6 (IPv6), Mutually agreed norms for routing security (MANRS), Open Internet standards, Privacy, Securing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Shaping the Internet’s future, Transport Layer Security (TLS), and Women in tech.
Emerging Issues: Artificial intelligence, and Blockchain.
Resource Library: Publications, Reports, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Journal, Programs & Toolkits.
Internet Society Foundation
The Internet Society Foundation supports the mission of the Internet Society and its work for an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.
At the Internet Society Foundation, we focus on funding initiatives that strengthen the Internet in function and reach so that it can effectively serve all people. Our work advances the vision of the Internet Society: The Internet is For Everyone.
To this end, we support efforts to ensure that the Internet is open, secure, trustworthy, and accessible. We champion the use of the network as a critical technical infrastructure that can bring communities better education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Driven by core values of diversity and inclusion, we catalyze partnerships with organizations large and small to amplify voices and stimulate action. Because we believe that by working together, we can use the Internet to shape a better future for us all.
After launching its first grants in February 2019, the Internet Society Foundation will expand its offerings over the next year to offer more programmes that align with our values and create impact around the world.
Advancing the Internet Society’s Mission: Beyond the Net Funding Programme: We help Internet Society Chapters around the world implement local and regional projects that further the mission of the Internet Society.
Building Community Capacity Around the World (Future): We enable organizations to improve Internet access and expand digital opportunity in their local and regional communities.
Providing Disaster Relief for Network Repair (Future): We accelerate Internet Society partner efforts to quickly reestablish local and regional Internet connectivity after natural disasters.
Furthering Critical Network Research (Future): We support research and the strengthening of research capacity across technical, economic, and public policy topics impacting the global Internet.
Promoting Technological Innovations (Future): We foster technological initiatives and the development of innovative technologies that accelerate Internet access.