The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, and policy. It is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. The Internet Society provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organisation home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
ISOC has a worldwide membership of more than 26,000 individuals and organisations. Members also form Chapters - groups dedicated to working for Internet development on behalf of either their location or special interest. There are more than 80 Chapters, now supported by Regional Bureaus in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, with a third planned for Asia.
The Internet is the product of a unique process of invention, creativity, cooperation, and consensus. The "Internet model" is an open process, welcoming participation from all interested parties. It relies on freely accessible open standards and distributed systems of responsibility. In this model, everyone has the potential to innovate and contribute.
The Internet Society is at the hub of a global network of individuals and organisations that embody the Internet model. ISOC is a global clearinghouse for Internet information and education. It also facilitates and coordinates Internet-related initiatives around the world and is respected as a strong and effective advocate for the core values of an open and accessible Internet. Read more about ISOC at http://www.isoc.org
The first half of the ISOC Open Forum will feature key Internet Society staff discussing current issues in the Internet community, within the context of ISOC's major programs and initiatives.
Welcome and Introduction to the Internet Society - Lynn St. Amour (President and CEO)
Internet Society perspective on policy issues and IGF - Frédéric Donck (Director of Public Policy)
Internet Standards, the IETF, and collaborative process - Leslie Daigle (Chief Internet Technology Officer)
Access and Education, IETF Fellowship, ccTLD workshops - Karen Rose (Director of Education and Programs)
Regional Collaboration - Dawit Bekele (Regional Manager for Africa) and Sebastián Bellagamba (Regional Manager for Latin America)
Topic:ISOC Chapters and Internet governance
Chapters give vital support to the Internet Societys global mission by organising local initiatives and representing local concerns. Eleven ISOC Chapter representatives will be in Rio as "IGF Ambassadors". In this part of the Open Forum, the Ambassadors that are also Chapter Heads have been asked to discuss the varied activities of their respective chapters and their contributions to Internet governance.
Internet Society Chapter Heads/ISOC Ambassadors:
ISOC Chapter Heads taking part will include:
· Hakikur Rahman, ISOC Bangladesh
· Carlos Vera, ISOC Ecuador
· Dr. Abdelaziz Hilali - ISOC Morocco
· Charles Mok - ISOC Hong Kong
· Rajnesh Singh - PICISOC (Pacific Islands Chapter of ISOC)
The Open Forum will conclude with a question and answer session.