Known as ISOC, the Internet Society comprises over 20,000 individual members from over 100 organizations in more than 180 countries. Since 1992, the principle aim has been to maintain and extend the availability of the Internet and all its associated technologies, in order for individuals and organizations of all kinds to enjoy closer global communication and thus cooperation in all respects and in all fields.
This involves liaison with other organizations, governments and the public in general, in order to maintain, further develop, spread and harmonize Internet standards as a whole; to maintain and develop effective administration processes on a global scale; to provide Internet related education and research and to assist developing countries in introducing and developing an efficient Internet infrastructure.
The society’s guiding principles call for a self-regulated and open use of the Internet; without censorship; with freedom from excessive restrictive controls; without any kind of discrimination; without constraints on the encryption of information by users and encouraging cooperation between networks.
The Internet Society provides direction on issues regarding the Internet’s future development and is also home to other groups involved in the Internet infrastructure, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
The needs of an ever-expanding universal Internet community are supported by the society’s annual International Networking (INET) Conference and other sponsored events.
The Society is governed by a board of 20 trustees elected by its international members. Each trustee holds office for three years unless a shorter term is specified.
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