The Internet Society (ISOC) is an international, nonprofit organization launched in June 1991, at the first International Networking conference, based on a document signed by Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, both of whom have been referred to as “the fathers of the Internet,” and Lyman Chapin. The purpose of ISOC, which began operations in January 1992, was promoting the open development of the Internet and its access and use for worldwide benefit, as well as providing leadership in some of the most important Internet-related matters such as its standards, public policies, and associated learning processes.

By 2014, ISOC had more than 65,000 members and supporters worldwide, 100 chapters, and more than 145 organization members. It works in partnership with numerous national, regional, and international organizations, institutions, ...

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