Internet Way of Networking

Championing a thriving Internet for everyone

The Internet has radically transformed our lives for the better. 

In just a few decades, it’s rapidly become a critical resource offering those with access virtually infinite opportunities to innovate and work together for the collective good.

This didn’t happen by accident. The Internet owes its strength, resilience, and success to its open architecture. It was literally built to be built upon.

But what makes it great also makes it vulnerable. Governments and businesses are increasingly making decisions that could impact the Internet – and they might not even know it.

If we don’t consider how our actions could impact the Internet, we risk breaking the underlying foundation that makes it work for everyone.

That is why the Internet Society has created the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit.

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What the Internet Needs to Exist

The Critical properties of the Internet Way of Networking form the underlying foundation the Internet needs to work for everyone.

An Accessible Infrastructure with a Common Protocol

Open Architecture of Interoperable and Reusable Building Blocks

Decentralized Management and a Single Distributed Routing System

Common Global Identifiers

A Technology Neutral, General-Purpose Network

What the Internet Needs to Thrive

The Internet Society and groups worldwide share a common set of aspirations for the Internet: open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy.

How do we achieve these goals?

The Enablers of an Open, Globally Connected, Secure and Trustworthy Internet are what help us get closer to the Internet we all want – now and in the future.

Supporting an Open Internet

  • Easy and unrestricted access

  • Unrestricted use and deployment of Internet technologies 

  • Collaborative development, management, and governance

Supporting a Globally Connected Internet

  • Unrestricted reachability

  • Available capacity

Supporting a Secure Internet

  • Data confidentiality of information, devices, and applications

  • Integrity of information, applications, and services

Supporting a Trustworthy Internet

  • Reliability, resilience, and availability

  • Accountability

  • Privacy

Want to help protect and defend the Internet?

Get to Know the Internet Way of Networking

Get to Know the Internet Way of Networking

Take the Internet Way of Networking elearning course to learn about what underpins the Internet’s success.

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Use the Toolkit

Use the Toolkit

Have you spotted a policy, technology development or trend that could harm the Internet’s foundation?

Produce an Internet Impact Brief
Grow the Toolkit

Grow the Toolkit

Contribute to the growing body of knowledge that helps people protect the Internet.

Explore our collection of Internet Impact Briefs

News and Resources

NIS2 Inconsistency – a DNS Supply Chain Perspective
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Internet Way of Networking 17 December 2021

NIS2 Inconsistency – a DNS Supply Chain Perspective

The European Union’s Network and Information Security directive (NIS2) is missing an opportunity to foster accountability across the entire...

The Internet Is Not the Enemy
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In the News 30 November 2021

The Internet Is Not the Enemy

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Internet Impact Briefs – A New Way to Assess How Policies May Affect the Internet (and How You Can Create One)
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Internet Way of Networking 8 November 2021

Internet Impact Briefs – A New Way to Assess How Policies May Affect the Internet (and How You Can Create One)

There are plenty of things that keep us up at night. From Internet shutdowns, to laws that would poke...

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