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Who We Are

Dawit Bekele
© Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne

The Internet Society is a global cause-driven organization governed by a diverse Board of Trustees that is dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, transparent and defined by you. 

We are the world's trusted independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future development. More than simply advancing technology, we work to ensure the Internet continues to grow and evolve as a platform for innovation, economic development, and social progress for people around the world.

With offices around the world, we work to ensure that the Internet and the web that is built on it:

Continues to develop as an open platform that empowers people to share ideas and connect in new and innovative ways

Serves the economic, social, and educational needs of individuals throughout the world – today and in the future


The Internet Society is a cause-driven organization. While the Internet Society is not a membership-driven organization, we have a growing number of members and Chapters. The articles of incorporation, bylaws, and behavior of the Internet Society have been, are, and are expected to remain that of a cause-based organization. Because of our compelling cause, a growing number of Chapters and members have chosen to join the Internet Society to share our mission and to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

Partnerships and Expertise

Backed by more than 80,000 members and supporters, 113 Chapters around the world, as well as more than 143 Organization members, the Internet Society achieves change through partnership and expertise in policy, technology and communications. 

By working with a range of partners from non-profit agencies, local and global NGOs, academia, technologists, local councils, federal policy and decision makers, business and more, we want to make sure that your voice, expertise, and imagination can continue to develop one of the greatest tools of our lifetime.