The Battle for the Global Internet

From the physical infrastructure to the services that run on top of it, the Internet has become a major focal point of debate around the world. Globally, Internet governance is split into three camps. On one side, there are proponents of an internet driven by ideals of freedom and openness, whose domestic governance usually manifests in an equitable multistakeholder approach. On the other side, authoritarians see the Internet as a threat to regime security and opt for a sovereign and controlled model, where the state is the primary force in governance over the Internet’s infrastructure and services. In the middle, there are the undecideds—some unsure of which direction to go, and others seeking a third way.

Is the Internet Fragmenting, Part 1

Recent developments related to the Internet have prompted alarming questions about whether it is fragmenting. They include a diverse set of technical, economic, and policy developments and decisions that have been taken in response to the continued growth and globalization of the Internet, and its evolving role as critical infrastructure for the digital economy.

Is the Internet Fragmenting, Part 2: The Technical Lens

This event is Part 2 of a four-part series of dialogues organized in response to recent developments related to the Internet that have prompted alarming questions about whether it is fragmenting. They include a diverse set of technical, economic, and policy developments and decisions that have been taken in response to the continued growth and globalization of the Internet.

Is the Internet Fragmenting, Part 3 The Business Lens

“The Business Lens” examines how technology choices and policy decisions that potentially fragment the Internet affect global commerce and economic growth. Microsoft and ISOC-DC are bringing together policy stakeholders, including government, the technical community, civil society, industry, and other organizations, to consider these issues more fully.

Is the Internet Fragmenting? Part 4: The Policy Lens

The discussion, the final in a four-part series that has explored multiple facets of fragmentation, will bring together stakeholders from government, industry, civil society, and the technical community to examine how policy decisions can lead to fragmentation, and the impact of such fragmentation on the digital economy globally and nationally.

ISOC-DC Brainstorming Breakfast

The Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society will be gathering for an informal breakfast meeting to discuss the Chapter’s priorities and activities. Join us and share your ideas about where the Chapter should be focusing and how we can have the most...

IGF 2019 Debrief Roundtable

The IGF 2019 in Berlin hosted a wide range of multistakeholder discussions critical to the future of the Internet. The main themes included data governance, digital inclusion, and safety, security, stability and resilience. As is the case every year, the IGF 2019 had two many sessions for any one person to follow. This event provided a roundtable forum for the community in Washington, DC to discuss their takeaways with each other.

Plenipot 2018 Debrief: The role and impact of civil society

Join the Internet Society and the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society and Diplo US for a roundtable on civil society engagement at the ITU Plenipotentiary. The ITU’s quadrennial Plenipotentiary sets organizational priorities that determine the trajectory of policy and standard developments that shape the future of the Internet. At the 2018 Plenipot, civil society played an important role in deliberations on connectivity and access, privacy, protection of human rights, limiting surveillance, and other issues. The contributions of civil society took over a year to organize, coordinate and strategize.

InterCommunity 2018 and Visions for Internet Governance

Calls for increased regulation of the Internet are growing in force and frequency. As a result, the future of Internet governance is at play. Over the past year, we have seen increased tension between governmental regulations and the historical model for governing the Internet. During the past few months, this tension was on full display at the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary, the Internet Governance Forum, ICANN 63 and numerous other events. This event provided a debrief of the major developments in Internet governance events that have happened in Autumn 2018 and discussed the potential ways they could shape the future of the Internet.

DNS Forum – Day 2

On Day 2, discussions continued on the implications of privacy and security policies for these technical operators and how the technical community can best engage in the evolving multistakeholder model.

DNS Forum – Day 1

On Day 1, Public Interest Registry, CENTR, LACTLD, i2Coalition, and ISOC-DC brought together a diverse group of experts to discuss the impacts of policy on DNS (domain name system) technical operators.

Pathfinder 3 – Nonprofits and the DNS: Why it Matters

The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, (GKPF), and its partners launched the Pathfinder Initiative to to help build effective Civil Society Internet use strategies. Civil Society Internet Awareness and Capacity Building offers an opportunity to learn about strategies and solutions for your organization.

Pathfinder 2 – Internet Capacity Building for Social Good

The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, (GKPF), and its partners launched the Pathfinder Initiative to to help build effective Civil Society Internet use strategies. Civil Society Internet Awareness and Capacity Building offers an opportunity to learn about strategies and solutions for your organization.

Pathfinder 3 – Nonprofits and the DNS: Why it Matters

The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, (GKPF), and its partners launched the Pathfinder Initiative to to help build effective Civil Society Internet use strategies. Civil Society Internet Awareness and Capacity Building offers an opportunity to learn about strategies and solutions for your organization.

Pathfinder 2 – Internet Capacity Building for Social Good

The Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, (GKPF), and its partners launched the Pathfinder Initiative to to help build effective Civil Society Internet use strategies. Civil Society Internet Awareness and Capacity Building offers an opportunity to learn about strategies and solutions for your organization.