The Internet Society (ISOC) is an international nonprofit organisation. Its mission is to “promote the open development, evolution and use of the internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.” To accomplish this, ISOC focuses on Internet standards development, educational initiatives, and technically sound policy formation.
ISOC is involved in a variety of initiatives that influence the operation and use of the Internet. Current programs focus on interconnectivity and standards development, industry self- governance, legal defense of the Internet, e-commerce, protection against excessive regulation, security, and child safety online.
One of ISOC’s primary areas of focus is training a wide variety of people on how to use the Internet. ISOC’s education programs reach everyone from K-12 students, to teachers, and to engineers in developing countries. Like ISOC, Public Interest Registry is committed to improving Internet access around the world. We provide funding for several ISOC programs that broaden technical skills and that help develop professionals who can work together to expand the Internet’s capacity.
Relationship with Public Interest Registry
In 2002, ISOC created Public Interest Registry, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation to manage, enhance and expand the .org domain. Sharing common goals, Public Interest Registry provides considerable financial and advocacy support to ISOC in its efforts to address privacy and security issues and improve internet access around the world.
For more information about ISOC and how to become a member, visit www.isoc.org.