Internet Society (ISOC)
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland, 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 organisational home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
The Internet Society acts not only as a global clearinghouse for Internet information and education but also as a facilitator and coordinator of Internet-related initiatives around the world. For over 15 years ISOC has run international network training programs for developing countries and these have played a vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in virtually every country connecting to the Internet during this time.
The Internet Society has more than 80 organisational and more than 28,000 individual members in over 80 chapters around the world. ISOC has also created regional bureaus to better serve the regional Internet community. Currently there are 5 regional bureaus serving Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America.
Through its sponsored events, developing-country training workshops, tutorials, public policy, and regional and local chapters, the Internet Society serves the needs of the growing global Internet community. From commerce to education to social issues, our goal is to enhance the availability and utility of the Internet on the widest possible scale.
Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK)
Vision and Mission
The vision of ISOC HK is that an open and accessible network, in technology and policy, contributes to and provides a platform for sustainable development of the information society, which enriches the human experience.
The mission of ISOC HK is to:
1. Foster participation, contribution and leadership from individuals and organisations in Hong Kong, on the open development of standards, protocols, administration, governance and the technical infrastructure and evolution of the Internet, as local and global citizens of the information society;
2. Promote the Internet as a positive tool and environment for social cooperation, community building, and fostering of a culture that enables self-governance and balanced multi-stakeholder participation to work;
3. Be a voice and platform for Internet professionals, users and the Internet community at large in cooperative efforts on local and international policy, practice and development;
4. Provide and facilitate forums for idea, experience and cultural exchange among individuals and organisations from private and public sectors as well as across borders;
5. Support relevant educational, humanitarian and societal initiatives concerning the Internet community and the information society, such as addressing the bridging of digital divide, capacity and access building, as well as other informational and outreach activities.
ISOC HK (Internet Society Hong Kong Chapter) is dedicated to the open, unencumbered, beneficial use of the Internet; the upholding of the freedom of expression and opinion, privacy of personal information and aversion of social discrimination; through responsible self-regulation and harmonized governance.
Consistent with the ISOC statement of purpose, ISOC HK believes in "maintain[ing] and extend[ing] the development and availability of the Internet and its associated technologies and applications - both as an end in itself, and as a means of enabling organizations, professions, and individuals [locally and] worldwide to more effectively collaborate, cooperate, and innovate in their respective fields and interests."
ISOC HK will be driven by individual users and Internet professionals, in conjunction with and augmented by socially responsible corporations in the information society. ISOC HK intends to encourage participation and discussion form its members on issues within the scope of its mandate, and will endeavour to partner and join with other relevant groups from different spectrums of the local and global community on different activities.