Internet Society Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy

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Internet Society Board of Trustees Calls on the Global Internet Community to Stand Together to Support Open Internet Access, Freedom, and Privacy

Fundamental ideals of the Internet are under threat

[Berlin, Germany, 4 August 2013] – The Internet Society Board of Trustees during its meeting in Berlin, Germany today called on the global Internet community to stand together in support of open Internet access, freedom, and privacy. Recently exposed information about government Internet surveillance programs is a wake-up call for Internet users everywhere – the fundamental ideals of the Internet are under threat.

The Internet Society Board of Trustees believes that government Internet surveillance programs create unacceptable risks for the future of a global, interoperable, and open Internet. Robert Hinden, Chair of the Board of Trustees, stated, “Berlin is a city where freedom triumphed over tyranny. Human and technological progress are not based on building walls, and we are confident that the human ideals of communication and creativity will always route around these kinds of attempts to constrain them. We are especially disappointed that the very governments that have traditionally supported a more balanced role in Internet governance are consciously and deliberately hosting massive Internet surveillance programs.”

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Internet Society Board of Trustees Holds Board Meeting in Dakar, Senegal

[DAKAR, SENEGAL – 24 October 2011] – The Internet Society today announced that its Board of Trustees held its 90th meeting on 22 – 23 October 2011 in Dakar, Senegal. During the meeting, the Board reviewed and approved the organization’s three-year business plan that includes a wide range of programs in support of its mission to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

While the world population rapidly approaches 7 billion, approximately 2 billion people have access to the Internet. Internet penetration in many developing countries hovers well below 5%. Compared to other regions of the world, Africa has the lowest percent of Internet users to total population; however it is one of the fastest-growing regions for Internet penetration and usage.
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Season’s greetings from Raúl Echeberría

As Chair of Internet Society Board of Trustees, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my best wishes for a wonderful New Year to Members, Chapters, partners, and friends around the world.

As a community joined by a vision of the Internet’s potential to foster global innovation and to benefit individual lives, I believe the past year provides us many reasons for confidence. Our collective efforts have helped make the Internet more accessible to an increasing number of people around the world. We have helped promote the adoption of technologies that are at the core of the Internet’s continued development.

Perhaps most importantly, we have helped those beyond our community understand that openness and transparency are not just chance features of today’s Internet, but properties intrinsic to its creation and continuing evolution, and that they must be preserved.

Thus, I look forward with much optimism to working with you in 2010 as we continue to advance the cause of an Internet for everyone.

Most sincerely,

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Call for Nominations for the Internet Society Board of Trustees

ISOC10 December 2009 – The ISOC Nominations Committee seeks statements of interest from individuals who wish to join the Board of Trustees.

In 2010, three positions on the Board of Trustees are open for election. Two Trustees will be elected by ISOC Organizational Members and one by ISOC Chapters. The Trustee positions are 3-year terms that start June 2010 and expire June 2013.

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