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Q8. ISOC Initiatives

ISOC has various initiatives, perhaps should add new ones, and perhaps should age out some old ones. What is your vision for ISOC’s future? What would you like to see happen in ISOC during your term on the board, and how would you like to make that happen?

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3 Responses to “Q8. ISOC Initiatives”

  1. Comment by: Theresa Swinehart   
    May 2nd, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    ISOC’s mission is challenging as the Internet evolves and various political interests arise in national, regional and international Internet governance discussions that potentially impact the political, policy and/or technical aspects of the Internet. This combined with unknown territory in policy dialogues, a result of the Internet being a platform for innovation, creativity and economic opportunity, means ISOC must remain a ‘living organization’, able to adjust as the environment changes.
    In light of this, a few fundamental factors are key to ISOC’s future. They include continuing to strengthen the regional bureaus, education, and awareness, and with this also the work with local chapters and members. Additionally, the next generation is important – this includes continuing to work towards strengthening of further emerging new leaders, including through the Next Generation Leaders Program. As noted in previous questions, the role of the IETF is important, and ISOC can play a role to contribute to awareness and strengthening of IETF’s work. This includes work to increase participation from emerging countries and awareness among policy makers and industry of the importance of IETF’s standards development in a manner that scale globally.
    ISOC’s informative voice in Internet forums, education and awareness, whether nationally, regionally or globally, will need to continue, in particular at a time when economic and social reliance on the Internet is only increasing, and policy makers and the next generations need attention. The organization should continue to build bridges with other organizations and institutions and contribute to multi-stakeholder input and dialogues. ISOC’s continued work as an organization with a role and global vision around technical, policy and educational efforts will be important to build on, and incorporate into its future work and dialogues with existing and new members and chapters.

  2. Comment by: Jason Livingood   
    May 5th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    ISOC’s current initiatives fall into the general categories of Enabling Access, InterNetWorks, and Trust & Identity. These broad categories and the areas of focus within each should continue to be periodically reviewed in order to ensure that new topics like end user privacy (such as browser cookie tracking) are added and that old ones such as IPv6 (once the IPv6 transition has been substantially completed) are phased out. Such reviews should continue to take into account the not only the expertise of ISOC staff and Board of Trustees, but also that of members and other stakeholders.

    As noted in some of my other responses, the Internet faces a wide range of technical and policy challenges now and in the coming several years. As such, it is crucially important that ISOC play an increasingly influential role in the global response to technical challenges as well as the global debate over policy issues. Finally, it remains critical for ISOC to continue to focus on their initiative to diversify the revenue base of the organization.

    All of these things, if planned and executed effectively around the world, can help to increase the organization’s impact on the Internet. It can also increase the stability and security of the organization and the parts of the Internet community that ISOC supports, such as the IETF and W3C. This will help ensure the continued growth, openness, and vibrancy of the Internet and the consensus-based Internet community for many years to come.

    Jason Livingood

  3. Comment by: Marcin Cieślak   
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    1. Taking Internet resilience and stability to the next level, where Internet infrastructure is built on diversified, distributed and decenralized infrastructure, as outlined in the Paul Baran’s landmark work in 1964 that laid ground work for the today’s Internet.

    2. Examining middle-term impact of the Internet on economy, social structure and political life could one of areas of research that ISOC could support, in order to feed the information back to the educational and policy processes we have currently underway.