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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It has been an exciting year!  Thanks to our Members, Chapters, Board, Staff and partners – past and present – we commemorated twenty (20) years of fruitful collaboration and advocacy in support of an “Internet for everyone.”   The anniversary was marked by numerous celebrations, and a Global INET in Geneva, Switzerland, where we also launched the Internet Hall of Fame.    

In 2012, with your help, we took on many of the most important issues facing the Internet - all across the globe.  We had an impact on many critical policy decisions; we promoted and supported vital technical standards, launched valuable new programs, welcomed many new members, and hosted a broad global array of policy, education, and development programs.

We continued to advocate tirelessly for the Internet's growth and open evolution, and we promoted multi-stakeholder dialogue and action on many matters related to the Internet.  A recent example was the U.N. World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, where ISOC staff and members played a critical role.  This was a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort across the global Internet community, and it is clear that going forward, the challenges confronting the Internet will need even greater collaboration and multi-stakeholder support.

As we leave 2012 and look forward to 2013, I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks for all you do to advance the Internet and for all you do to support our wonderful Mission.  The Internet is a critical enabler of human empowerment, social development, and economic growth, and it enhances our quality of life.  We look forward to working with all of you to build on the significant momentum achieved to-date; clearly there are many areas that will need our attention and support over the coming year.

Finally, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the Board and Staff at the Public Interest Registry (PIR); your support is central to our success and very much appreciated.  I would also like to recognize the important work of and our valuable partnership with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), who are at the heart of what makes the Internet – the Internet.

Thank you all for everything you do to support the Internet and the Internet Society. Please accept my very best wishes to you and your loved ones for the coming New Year.  

Warm regards,

Lynn St. Amour
President & CEO, Internet Society


Dear Visitor,

As a member of the Internet Society, I am supporting an organization that believes the Internet is for everyone. I strongly recommend that you join the Internet Society as well and help shape the future of the Internet. You can sign up by clicking on this link:


Global membership with the Internet Society is free. You can find more information about the organization, its activities and the different types of membership at http://www.isoc.org/members/

We would like to remind you that the deadline to submit an application to the Community Grants Programme is Friday, 30 March 2012 , (at midnight pacific time).


To learn more about the programme please visit our website at:

[English]  http://www.internetsociety.org/communitygrants

African Union (AU) Selects the Internet Society to Support Establishment of Internet Exchange Points across Africa 

Project includes 60 capacity building workshops in 30 countries

[Johannesburg, South Africa --23 August 2012] – The Internet Society today announced that it has been selected by the African Union (AU) to conduct community mobilization and technical aspects workshops to support the establishment of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in AU Member States as part of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project. The AXIS project aims at keeping Africa's Internet traffic local to the continent by providing capacity building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of National Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa. The project is funded by the Euro-Africa Infrastructure Fund and the Government of Luxembourg.

The Internet Society is committed to organizing 60 community mobilization and technical aspects workshops in 30 African countries. To this effect, the Internet Society will also contribute its own resources for the implementation of this component of the AXIS project.

Currently, much of Africa's Internet traffic is routed through Internet exchange points external to the African continent. As countries establish their own IXPs, Internet traffic will be routed locally, creating a downward pressure on costs and stimulating growth in and distribution of local Internet content. Through the AXIS project, the interests of the AU and the Internet Society, working with other African Internet organizations such as AfriNIC, AfNOG, and AftLD, will be realized in this collaborative effort to assist in the development of a more locally operated and, hence, more robust and economically accessible pan-African Internet.

Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society Division, African Union Commission, commented,“Africa is paying overseas carriers to exchange ‘local' (continental) traffic. This is both a costly as well as an inefficient way of handling inter-country exchange of Internet traffic. Independent analysis has shown that Africa pays over US$600 Million to developed countries every year for inter-African traffic exchange that is carried outside the continent. We are therefore pleased that the African Internet Exchange System project will address this challenge by facilitating optimization of Internet traffic to support intra-continental traffic flows in Africa.”

Dawit Bekele, Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Africa, stated, “We are very excited to be selected by the African Union to support the growth of IXPs throughout Africa.  We believe the AXIS project is extremely important to the continued health of the Internet ecosystem in Africa, and building the technical infrastructure and training the people to sustain it are fundamental to extending the Internet in Africa. Partnering with the African Union on the AXIS project is central to the Internet Society's mission to ensure the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people everywhere.”

The Internet Society has provided technical training in Africa since the early 1990s, and supports the development of human and technical capacity to build reliable and sustainable Internet infrastructure in Africa and around the world. The organization's African Bureau was started in 2006. With 24 Chapters, the Internet Society African Bureau works to promote capacity building and the responsible development of the Internet throughout Africa. Its principle focus is improving interconnection and traffic exchange within the continent through the implementation of IXPs, network training, and capacity building. 

Link: http://www.internetsociety.org/news/african-unionau-selects-internet-society-support-establishment-internet-exchange-points-across



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