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 Sample Questions: What is the next big evolution for the Internet? What specific evolution does the Internet need to undergo to remain viable? What technologies should Internet-savvy businesses be keeping an eye on? 


The Internet Society believes that the Internet needs to continue to adopt several key technologies so it can continue to expand, evolve and serve as a platform for innovation, collaboration and economic development. The Internet Society is focused on three areas:   

·       IPv6--the technology that will let the Internet reach the billions of people that aren’t currently connected,  

·       Network Confidence--which encompasses a range of technologies both within the network and tools for users which will ensure the Internet is a secure, reliable and trusted channel for communication and collaboration, and  

·       Open Inter-networking—the idea that interconnecting networks based on open standards and operation principles empowers end-users to create and use applications without permission from a central authority 



·       The Internet Society is promoting the deployment of IPv6—the technology that will enable the Internet to connect the billions of people not using the Internet -- through a variety of means, including roundtables, and outreach efforts. 

·       IPv6 will enable new individuals and businesses to enter and add to the continued growth of the Internet  

·       IPv6 lets existing organizations grow their part of the Internet as the Internet itself grows

·       IPv6 opens new uses of the Internet protocol, such as a means for connecting new mobile computing devices, Smart Grid technology, and even for connecting multiple components within an automobile 


·       One way the Internet Society is currently addressing various aspects of online privacy is through its Trust and Identity initiative in broader context of what we call “Network Confidence”. 

·      The Internet Society is advancing  work in the filed of Identity Management as a member of the Kantara Initiative, which include dozens of organizations from around the world, representing education, government, and a wide range of industry interests—from information technology to healthcare, to foster interoperability, innovation, and broad adoption through the development of open specifications, operational frameworks, education programs, deployment and usage best practices for privacy-respecting, secure access to online services.  


The Internet Society believes that openness is the overarching principle that has ensured the success and growth of the Internet to date. Internet standards, development, and governance are open to all to participate, contribute, create, shape and build. This openness is reflected in key characteristics of the Internet, including: 

·      Shared global ownership – no central control 

·      Open technical standards 

·       Collaborative engagement models – researchers, business, civil society, government 

·       Freely accessible processes for technology and policy development  

Openness underpins and enables user access, choice, and transparency. The Internet Society believes user access, choice and transparency to be so critical to the success of the Internet that they must be incorporated as central features of current and future policy frameworks for the Internet, and, therefore, considered as underlying policy principles.

·       Access to Internet services, applications, sites and content enhances users’ experience and the Internet’s potential to drive innovation, creativity, and economic development; 

·       Choice and control by users over their online activities, including providers, services, and applications—recognizing that there are legal and technical limitations, and; 

·       Transparency, including providing accurate information about bandwidth and network management policies, enables users to make informed choices about their Internet services. 

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