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ISOC is the acronym for The Internet Society, which is an international, non-profit organization that promotes Internet use and access.
ISOC was founded in 1992 and leads discussions related to Internet standards, policy and education. The main ISOC offices are located in Geneva, Switzerland and near Washington, USA.
ISOC's mission is to ensure and sustain an open development, use and evolution of the Internet for the benefit of all members and users throughout the world.
The Internet Society organizes conferences and events all around the world, including the INET ISOC Conferences. Users, technologists, and operators are brought together at these conferences to focus on the development of local and global Internet issues.
ISOC is considered the parent corporation of Internet Engineering Task Force.
ISOC's founding document, "Announcing ISOC", defines ISOC's purpose as:
- The support of the Internet's evolution as a research infrastructure and, also to encourage the involvements of specialized and experienced communities (such as the engineering community) in the Internet's evolution.
- To inform the academic communities regarding the use of the Internet and the latest applications.
- To represent the home for other groups which are involved in the development of Internet standards such as IETF and IAB.
- To encourage and promote scientific applications for the Internet for the benefit of all users, including institutions and organizations who use the Internet.
- Ensure leadership regarding Internet issues related to its future.
- To create and sustain a forum for discussions and exploration of innovative Internet applications.
- To coordinate the initiatives related to Internet development and standards from members throughout the world.
The members of ISOC are either individuals or organizations such as governments, corporations and others. In the case of individual members of ISOC, there are no membership fees incurred. ISOC's individual and organizational members are bound by a common interest in maintaining the Internets' viability and global scaling. From all around the world, ISOC is comprised today of more then 80 organizations and 28000 individual members.
Next Generation Leaders Programme
ISOC partnered with the DiploFoundation to create the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Programme, which focuses on helping Internet professionals between the ages of 20 and 40 to "develop their leadership potential where technology, business, policy, and education intersect". The curriculum is both academic and field based, and components can be completed independently or in conjunction with one another. The programme accepts applicants that have already shown a disposition towards leadership in Internet governance in order to further their potential and create more prepared leaders; it is open only to ISOC members.
The inaugural 2010 class received over 200 applications, 23 applicants were chosen to participate in the programme's first key component, the eLearning Course. The NGL Programme is sponsored by Nominet Trust, AFNIC, and the European Commission. Additional support has been provided by Microsoft, Intel, Afilias, and Google for the NGL’s Internet Society Fellowship to the IETF component.