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The most prominent part of our investment in connecting people in 2019
remains our campaign in favor of community networks. (...) In the coming
year we will shift our work by establishing enduring technical, policy,
and regulatory frameworks that will help communities of the world
connect themselves. The whole Internet community—a global,
self-sustaining community of industry, governments, technical experts,
policy makers, and the community members themselves—is needed to
complete this work.
The culmination of this effort will be a global summit for this
community by the end of 2019, hosted by the Internet Society. The summit
will be the expression of a roadmap to advance community networks, and
be a foundation for a community-driven organization of community
networks to implement the roadmap. We have set intermediate objectives
to ensure we are on track to achieve this result. These include
garnering economic and political support for community networks. We will
work to get at least four governments to express a willingness to use
public funds (e.g. Universal service funds) for community networks. We
also expect to have two international development agencies pledge to
make community networks part of their funding portfolios.
Training and skills development, in collaboration with other
capacity-development organizations. Success will be measured by the
incorporation of trainees into direct network operations, and also by
the use of previously-trained people as instructors in subsequent
Because our efforts on community networks are maturing, 2019 will also
be a period of research for viable future efforts. For example, a focus
on connecting schools and children, increasing accessibility, or
addressing the connectivity needs of displaced people might provide
another fruitful approach to promoting connectivity. During 2019 we will
conduct research, collect data, and run pilot activities in order to
properly assess different options and alternatives that will inform our
planning for 2020 and beyond.
How we work...
Our work is shaped by the understanding that community is much more than
belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes
belonging matter. Yet this is an aspiration we have not consistently
achieved. Therefore, in 2019 we will improve our community engagement
work by providing inclusive and innovative ways to involve our Community
at all levels of our work to advance our mission and strategic
objectives. We will continue to support Chapters as they make key
contributions to our global priorities at the local level. We will
reinvigorate our relationship with Organization Members and Partners as
well as Individual Members, and we will develop our relationship with
Civil Society to more closely align shared interests and priorities to
increase the reach and impact of the Internet Society.
In order to achieve these goals, we will complete the realignment of
staff functions in order to put membership support and Chapter support
together. The effectiveness of the organizational change will be
measured in engagement with Chapters (including the health ranking of
Chapters) and the successful implementation of an improved
organizational membership experience. That improved experience is
expected to make organizational membership more attractive, which will
be indicated by increased member numbers and increased revenue from members.
We will also more closely connect our Individual Members, Organization
Members, Partners, and staff by fostering ways for members to engage
with each other to develop, promote, and advocate for real-world best
practices that support our activities and campaigns.
Other organizational developments...
Establishing the Internet Society Foundation (...) (a) grants-giving
programs and opening new opportunities for initiatives closely aligned
with our mission. Grants for:
* Chapter capacity building. Chapter grant funding for local and
regional projects aligned with the Internet Society’s mission.
* Community capacity building. Support for broader initiatives that
improve Internet access and bridge the digital opportunities gap.
* Disaster relief and recovery. Support to partner efforts to ensure
communities can be reconnected quickly after natural disasters.
* Research. The Foundation will explore opportunities to fund research
and strengthen research capacity across technical, economic and public
* Innovation. This fund will encourage and fund technology initiatives
and innovative technologies that contribute to the open Internet.