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“Since its inception, the Internet Society has dedicated itself to the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. Our success is due in large part to a set of beliefs that have guided our mission and informed our actions. We believe the Internet is a critical tool for the advancement of economic growth, community selfreliance, and social justice throughout the world. We believe in its ability to empower individuals and to increase access to education and opportunity. More than that, we believe it gives each and every one of us a voice.

Connecting those beliefs to a set of strategies is where the real work of the Internet Society begins. In 2005, the Internet Society engaged in the development of a Strategic Operating Plan. Those of you with similar experience can appreciate both the tangible and intangible benefits of such an endeavour. Guided by the vision and the principles set by ISOC’s Board of Trustees, ISOC’s dedicated staff created a blueprint that leverages the organisation’s collective expertise, skills, and influence and propels ISOC into the future.

ISOC has made great strides over the past few years. Today we are regularly featured in global policy forums, speaking on behalf of our members and the Internet community, particularly with regard to Internet Governance. We remain committed to building capacity in all corners of the world, which we achieve through education and training programmes that reach even the most remote locations. And we continually work toward increasing support for the Internet’s premier standards-making body, the Internet Engineering Task Force, as it works to advance its own efforts in an increasingly complex and demanding environment. ”

— Fred Baker, Chair, Board of Trustees


  • Foreword By Fred Baker, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Foreword By Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO
  • ISOC in 2005: A Year in Review
  • What is the Internet Society?
  • Related Organisations: IETF and PIR
  • Plans for Future: ISOC Goals and Objectives
  • Members, Chapters, and Partners: Global Presence, Local Strength
  • Financial Report
  • Notes on Financial Information
  • For More Information