The Internet is for everyone.

This remains the Internet Society’s vision. Yet nearly half the people in the world remain unconnected. Those who are connected face new and growing challenges to fully realizing the Internet’s potential. Even as more people come online, it is critically important that the Internet be a platform that enables people to connect, communicate, and innovate.


II. Strengthening the Internet


Security and trustworthiness are preconditions to the Internet’s use and growth. The projects below address these themes. The issues to be addressed, the approaches we expect to take to address them, and examples of specific outcomes are described for each project.


Promoting the Internet way of networking

Extending encryption

Securing global routing

Increasing time security

Leading by example with open standards and protocols

III. Growing the Internet

The global Internet continues to grow around the world, but unevenly. Our efforts are aimed at not only increasing the reach and reliability of the Internet in the short term, but also ensuring the foundations for continued growth are solidly in place. A new project will bring together multiple measures of the Internet to better inform the future work and plans of the Internet Society and others to promote the growth of the global Internet.


Building Community Networks

Fostering infrastructure and technical communities

Measuring the Internet

IV. Building Our Community, Extending Our Voice


Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society works with a diverse community of Chapters, Special Interest Groups, individual members, and Organization Members. This broad Internet Society community shares an interest and belief in our principles and mission. While together we are committed to strengthening the global Internet and expanding its reach, groups within the Internet Society encompass a wide range of views and interests.



V. Other Activities

In addition to the projects listed above, a number of mission support activities in which the Internet Society has been engaged for an extended period will continue in 2020.


VI. Financial Plan

Our work in 2020 is supported by a financial plan that will ensure the Internet Society remains fiscally strong and operates effectively as a charitable, not-for-profit entity. The financial plan allocates resources so the Internet Society can continue to deliver on its mission to support and promote the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society. The table below provides further details of this year’s financial plan and reflects the work plan’s focus on projects.


VII. Conclusion


This plan organizes our attention and resources on the most important work for building, promoting, and defending a bigger and stronger Internet in the coming year. Most of our work is organized into eight projects. The plans for these projects define specific outcomes and anticipate long-range goals, while establishing a framework for assessing and understanding how we are delivering on them. Continued engagement with all parts of the Internet Society community, strengthening partnerships with those beyond our community, and ensuring we communicate clearly and boldly are integral aspects of all our work.

We remain committed to an Internet that is a force for good in the world. With more than half the people in the world connected, the potential of the Internet to foster innovation, spark learning, and transform lives is evident. As we work to ensure the rest of the world is able to connect, we must work towards the best version of the Internet we can imagine, rather than worst version we fear.




The Internet Society’s Mission and Vision define what we do. They tell us to ensure the Internet is open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy for everyone. This is our enduring goal—it is our “why”—and it serves as the organizing principle for not only what we do, but also how we work. That goal determines what we must do in 2019.

The 2019 Action Plan builds on what we did in 2018. It takes for granted that the basic aims of 2018, which were in keeping with the Internet Society’s goals throughout its history, are broadly correct. But this plan applies the lessons from 2018. To begin with, this plan makes a distinction between what we do and how we do it. Second, it refines the campaign-led approach, which helped break down internal barriers, by defining the criteria for success or completion. Finally, this plan contemplates some changes to the organization of the Internet Society to address functional gaps that became clear in 2018.

What we do will see us continue to focus on connecting the world, on improving the technical security foundations of the Internet, and on building trust in those core Internet functions. These interrelated areas encompass the most important issues of access and trust facing the Internet today, and they provide the framework for organizing our work. Of course we must anticipate upcoming challenges and opportunities, so we also will work to understand and thereby be prepared to shape the Internet’s future.

How we approach our work is just as important as what we do. We seek collaboration with all who share our central goal; we also support and build our community, so that we work together to extend our influence and reach around the world. And we will continue to invest in strengthening our global voice so that we speak consistently, clearly, and courageously on the issues that are most important to us.

We believe an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet produces a positive impact in the lives of people. It is already an important part of the lives of more than 3.5 billion people around the world, but a nearly equal number remain unconnected. This gap denies people opportunity and fails to develop a large amount of human potential. This plan serves as our roadmap for our work in the year ahead to close this gap between the world of today and our vision for the future.


Internet Society Action Plan 2018
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Achieving focused impact through a new approach
a. Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) by helping stakeholders adopt the Online Trust Alliance’s IoT security and privacy principles;
การรักษาความปลอดภัยของ IoT โดยการช่วยให้ผู้มีส่วนร่วมรับหลักการรักษาความปลอดภัยและความเป็นส่วนตัวของ IoT
b. Strengthening the global routing system with the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS);
c. Innovating to connect the world;
d. Promoting collaborative governance.