[At-Large] Internet Society Board of Trustees Statement on updated Mission and 2018 Action Plan

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Tue Nov 21 17:26:32 UTC 2017

The current ISOC BoT, under Chair Gonzalo Camarillo, is a strong group,
unafraid to make bold moves. They are keeping up with the evolving Internet
landscape, as evidenced in the new mission statement and action plan.

joly posted: "At the conclusion of its meeting in Singapore on November
17-19, 2017, the Internet Society Board of Trustees released the following
statement: The Internet Society Board of Trustees congratulates our staff,
our Chapters, and all of our members for coming"


Internet Society Board of Trustees Statement on updated Mission and 2018
Action Plan <http://isoc-ny.org/p2/9627>

At the conclusion of its meeting in *Singapore* on *November 17-19, 2017*,
the *Internet Society Board of Trustees
<https://www.internetsociety.org/board-of-trustees/>* released the
following *statement

The Internet Society Board of Trustees congratulates our staff, our
Chapters, and all of our members for coming together during the* Internet
Society’s 25th anniversary year <https://www.internetsociety.org/25th/>* to
celebrate the past and to shape the future. This has been an important year
with many accomplishments, including the global *InterCommunity event*
<https://www.internetsociety.org/intercommunity/2017/>held in September,
which connected people from around the world and shone a spotlight on our
work together. We believe this past year has set a foundation for the
Internet Society to be an even more effective community and organisation
going forward.

To prepare for the future, the Board — in consultation with the wider
Internet Society community — refreshed our time-honoured and tested vision
and mission statements. We believe the robust dialogue about our shared
aspirations and goals reflected the passion and commitment of our
community, and resulted in a reinvigorated statement of our vision and
mission, consistent with our original commitment to an Internet that is for
everyone. The updated *Internet Society Mission Statement*
<https://www.internetsociety.org/mission/> that we approved at our meeting
is as follows:

*The Internet Society supports and promotes the development of the Internet
as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives,
and a force for good in society.*

*Our work aligns with our goals for the Internet to be open,
globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy. We seek collaboration with all
who share these goals.*

*Together, we focus on:*

   - *Building and supporting the communities that make the Internet work;*
   - *Advancing the development and application of Internet infrastructure,
   technologies, and open standards; and*
   - *Advocating for policy that is consistent with our view of the


We also approved the organisation’s *2018 Action Plan
<https://www.internetsociety.org/action-plan/2018/>*, which focuses people
and resources on innovative ways to make a difference in:

   1. *assuring Internet access for the hardest to reach places on the
   2. *addressing security challenges emerging from the growing Internet of
   3. *strengthening the global Internet’s routing system; and*
   4. *promoting collaborative governance as tool to address a range
   important issues.*

We also strongly agree with the 2018 Action Plan’s emphases on building a
strengthened global Internet Society community and organisation, and on
fostering key new initiatives that amplify the organisation’s ability to
bring about change.

Finally, and importantly, as we work to *#shapetomorrow*
<http://bit.ly/shapetomorrow> and keep the Internet Society’s commitment to
openness, transparency, and community-driven processes, we began exploring
how to allocate the people, resources, and energies of the Internet Society
for the future.

We agreed to work through a strategy for long term sustainability and
impact. The Internet Society’s *2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our
Digital Future <https://future.internetsociety.org/>*, created through an
extensive process of input from our community and beyond, will serve as a
starting point for further dialogue to create a future-looking plan for
addressing emerging issues of concern to our community.
It has been an eventful year, and we look forward to building on it in the
coming years. We want to applaud our committed staff and its leadership for
the good work they do every day to ensure that the Internet is for everyone.

*Direct URLs:*

   - *Statement:
   - *Internet Society Mission: https://www.internetsociety.org/mission/
   - *2018 Action Plan: https://www.internetsociety.org/action-plan/2018/

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