Internet Society | Internet Issues, Technology, Standards, Policy, Leadership – Global_Internet_Report_2014.pdf
More than two decades ago, the Internet Society was formed to support the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all mankind. Over the years, we have pursued that task with pride. We continue to be driven by the hope and promise of the benefits the Internet can bring to everyone.
In doing so, the Internet Society has fostered a diverse and truly global community. Internet Society Chapters and members represent the people of the world and the many and varied ways they use the Internet to enrich the lives of themselves and their peers. They use the Internet to create communities, to open new economic possibilities, to improv lives, and to participate in the world. We are inspired by their stories of innovation, creativity, and collaboration.
Thanks to the Internet’s own success, we are now in an increasingly complex era where the stakes are much higher than before, and potential threats to the Internet’s core principles loom larger. To protect your ability to use the Internet for your needs – to keep it open and sustainable – we must do more to measure impacts and present the strengths of the open Internet model in more compelling ways, to convince policy makers, influencers, and the general public of the importance of our mission.
To this end, I am pleased to launch this, the first in an annual series of Global Internet Reports. With this report, the Internet Society introduces a new level of integrated analysis, measurement, and reporting to Internet governance discussions at all levels.
The Global Internet Reports will become a showcase of topics that are at the heart of the Internet Society’s work about the future of the Internet, weaving together the many threads of the diverse multistakeholder Internet community.