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Chapter Leaders Worldwide Make the Case for Strong Encryption

What makes a great leader? Earlier this year, 473 Chapter Members participated in the 2020 Chapters Training Program. The Internet Society kicked off the program with a lot of hope and excitement. This was an opportunity to harness the power of us – our global community – to incubate innovative ideas and tomorrow’s Internet leaders.

The program aimed to develop new community leaders to work with their Chapters, create local awareness of the Internet Society’s mission-driven work, and become involved in Action Plan projects, including Encryption.

Each time we share information on the Internet, we assume that only our selected recipients – and no one else – will receive and read it. But how can we be sure? Ursula Wyss of the Switzerland Chapter says, this is “where end-to-end encryption comes in, since it ensures that only you and those people who are intentionally included in the conversation can read the messages that are being exchanged. This is done by scrambling the message in a way that it can only be read by those who have the right encryption key to unscramble it. For everyone else, the messages remain scrambled.”

The Encryption Chapters Training Program was developed to equip Chapter Leaders with knowledge and tools to engage their members locally in an impactful and informed way. It included 139 trainees from 66 Chapters. They watched 10 videos and attended a two-hour training session with Internet Society staff and experts from the community, including Chapter Leaders from Germany, the U.S., Canada, India, Ghana, and Bolivia as well as partners such as Derechos Digitales.

Why Does Encryption Matter?

“With an escalation in hackings over the past decade, breaches in our private data are of ubiquitous meaning now more than ever and, for this, encryption is key,” writes Loide Uuzigo of the Namibia Chapter in “The Time For Encryption Is Now.

Encryption safeguards the personal security of billions of people and the national security of countries around the world. These are just a few examples of how:

Internet privacy concerns are real: Encryption helps protect your online privacy by turning personal information into “for your eyes only” messages, seen only by the parties it’s shared with.

Hacking is big money: Cybercrime is a global business, often run by multinational outfits. Many of the headline-making large-scale data breaches demonstrate that cybercriminals are often out to steal personal information for financial gain. End-to-end encryption, the most secure form of encryption, ensures that sensitive, confidential information transmitted by billions of people online every day remains confidential and out of the hands of criminals.

Online health and learning solutions rely on it: With people worldwide increasingly relying on telehealth and remote learning during a pandemic, encryption is a must. For instance, in the U.S. the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires healthcare providers to implement security features that help protect patients’ sensitive health information online.

Once armed with information, the Encryption Chapters Training Program trainees developed local initiatives to amplify awareness of the critical role encryption plays in our everyday lives. Here are a few of the submissions that stood out:

Encryption helps protect private information, sensitive data, and can enhance the security of communication between two parties,” says Theorose Elikplim Dzineku, an Internet Society Ghana Chapter Member. “Whereas the Internet proposes a host of ways to communicate with friends, co-workers, and complete strangers, it also allows third parties to intrude on those communications, as well as track online conversations and activities. Using encryption tools helps individuals keep communications secret and protect swapping activities of personal tales with a friend or transacting important business with a client.”

Says Rahabu Sakilali of Tanzania, “with the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual conferencing and social media became the go-to place to hold lessons, business meetings and sensitive discussions. Encryption makes the virtual platforms safe!  End-to-end encryption protects ourselves and our data. It also helps us be sure who we are communicating with, sign digital documents and ensure the recipient is authentic.”

Effective encryption is a foundation for us to build trust on the Internet”, states Josephine Nampala of the Uganda Internet Society Chapter. In fact, during the COVID-19 pandemic, end-to-end encryption’s got us covered. “With the social distancing that is required to control the pandemic, many enterprises are opting to operate remotely. As well, many people are trying so much to keep close to their loved ones through different online platforms.” In these situations, we need to be sensitive about our privacy online, and strong encryption is key for us to trust the Internet.

Many trainees shared Spanish-language resources, too. Highlights include this video from Oscar Danilo González Navarrete of the Nicaragua Chapter, a blog post from Fernando Manuel Morales Rodas of the Guatemala Chapter, which includes videos that explain Encryption in a simple way, and a blog post from Osvaldo Juan Encinas Moreno of the Venezuela Chapter, who highlights the importance of digital education for those in vulnerable groups.

These are only a few examples of how we all depend on encryption every day of our lives. Effective encryption is key to secure online communications, from financial transactions to healthcare. It is the foundation upon which a trustworthy Internet is built.

Got an interesting story about how encryption is a critical part of securing out day-to-day experiences safe online? We want to hear it! Write to us at encryption@isoc.org.

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The Internet Society Welcomes the Comoros Chapter

We are excited to announce the new Internet Society Comoros Chapter! ISOC Comoros officially launched in July in front of an in-person and online audience at the Retaj Hotel.

Journalists joined several distinguished guests, including:

  • Dawit Bekele, Internet Society’s Regional Vice-President for Africa
  • Mohamed Said Abdallah Mchangama, President of the Federation of Comorian Consumers (FCC)
  • Amina Abdallah, Coordinator of the World Bank’s Phase 4 of the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program for Africa (RCIP-4)
  • Hamidou Mhoma, President of the Comorian ICT Association
  • Chamsoudine Soudjay, Secretary General of the Comorian ICT Association
  • Amroine Mouzaoui, Executive Secretary of the Comorian Movement for Entrepreneurs
  • Raymane Ali Matoir, Director of Human Resources of Telma Comores
  • Youssouf Abdoulmadjid, Chief Operating Officer of Comor’Lab
  • Moussa Abdallah Moumine, Coordinator of the General Inspectorate of National Education

Since the country’s very first connection to the Internet in July 1998, the Internet industry has continued to evolve, along with telecommunications. The country is beginning to benefit from the rise in competition in the ICT sector, and as such the establishment of ISOC Comoros brings an added dimension to the development, promotion, and use of the Internet for the greater good of the entire country.

The Internet is for everyone and it is shaped by the cooperation and the active participation of everyone. The idea of creating a Chapter in the Comoros came to us after we attended various international meetings. These raised the awareness of young Comorians, who see progress in various fields and share the same values regarding the use and importance of the Internet.

We are convinced that by partnering with all of the stakeholders in the development of the Internet locally, we will connect the unconnected and make the Internet a trusted and secure tool to boost the economic and social development of our country.

There were speeches throughout the ceremony, including an opening speech by the president of the new Chapter, Ali Hadji Mmadi, introductions of the members of the executive board, and an outline of the 2020 action plan. The president of the FCC defined the role and place of ISOC Comoros in the national ecosystem as well as the value of national expertise. Finally, Dawit Bekele gave the official launch speech to mark the beginning of the Chapter’s activities. Watch the ceremony!

ISOC Comoros is a nonprofit organization governed by Comorian law. It supports and promotes the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people in the Comoros. It endorses the mission of the Internet Society, and it supports its initiatives for the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society.

The Chapter seeks to collaborate with all Internet development stakeholders in the country by helping to identify and resolve critical Internet issues. It is committed to a multistakeholder approach to ensure the participation of everyone in the development and governance of the Internet in the Comoros.

The new Chapter is ready to work with individuals and corporations in the Union of the Comoros to ensure that the Internet is open, secure, trustworthy, and affordable for everyone.

Follow ISOC Comoros on Facebook, Twitter or visit the website. Together, we can promote the development of the Internet and support the advancement of policies, standards, and the future growth of the Internet – in the Comoros and around the world.

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Chapterthon 2020: A Time for Internet Society Chapters and SIGs to Shine

The Internet Society 2020 Chapterthon is live and moving fast! We’re so excited to see the applications that have already ticked in.

What is Chapterthon?

Chapterthon is an opportunity for Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to engage their members in a worldwide Internet Society competition. Out of dozens of applicants, one Chapterthon winner is selected and awarded prize money. But the real winner is the global community, who benefit from projects that help people connect to the Internet and help them do it securely.

This year is different – one that’s been full of difficulties, but also tenacity, creativity, and uplift. So we’re doing Chapterthon a little differently, too. We’re dedicating it to the people and the medium helping us through.


I Heart the Internet

Internet Society Chapters and SIGs have developed innovative solutions to help their communities through COVID-19. We want to shine a light on their work and make sure it becomes a resource for all. So we’re asking Chapterthon participants to submit tutorials and manuals for their creative and impactful projects. These blueprints will become part of the “I Heart the Internet Knowledge Hub,” a resource for peers and partners around the world to broaden the impact of their innovations and solutions.

Members: This is your time to shine! 

All Chapter members are encouraged to pitch their project ideas to their Chapters. Send your idea and an estimated budget to the Chapter Board. To help prepare your application, download the questionnaire.

The Chapter Board is responsible for selecting and submitting the project that will represent the Chapter in the Chapterthon. Only one project can be presented per Chapter. Only applications submitted via MemberNova within the deadline will be accepted. Projects must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

Good luck with your 2020 Chapterthon submissions!

We can’t wait to see how you are helping to ensure the Internet continues to be a lifeline, enriching people’s lives during this crisis and in the years to come.

Learn more about Chapterthon 2020!


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Member News: Teaching Computer Science in Rural Nigeria

Computing for the people: The San Francisco Chapter has an article by a software developer using open source software and open standards hardware to teach computer science skills to students in rural Nigeria. Chioma Ezedi Chukwu, founder of the STEMTeers mentorship program, writes that open source is more than free tools, software, or hardware. “It was a great opportunity to learn, learn by building and create with innovation.”

Coding for kids: Meanwhile, the Pacific Islands Chapter highlights a hackathon for kids event at a childcare center in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The goal of the event, focused on design thinking, was to equip the students with lifelong skills in the digital age.

Supporting e-learning: In other education-related news, the Uganda Chapter is focused on helping teachers and students improve their digital skills as the country embraces e-learning following the COVID-19 pandemic. “Educators need to adjust their teaching methods to cope with the new changes,” an article says. “Educators should be able to cause change or affect the learner beyond the chalk and blackboard while learners need to be taken through an adaptability process as they transition to digital education.”

Tracking the virus: The Chapter in the Dominican Republican has offered its support for the government there to roll out a COVID-19 tracking app. The Chapter also offered to “analyze and validate the compliance of this application with the best international practices regarding privacy and protection of personal data, our laws, and the principles of the Internet of the Dominican Republic.”

Community in the U.K.: The U.K. Chapter recently published a short history of community-based broadband in the country, characterizing it as a David-vs.-Goliath struggle. But there are still possibilities for community-based networks. There is “potentially a much brighter outlook for community broadband in the future if it can combine core strengths of good, locally-based customer service with the ‘heavy lifting’ of communication service provision … being performed increasingly by cloud-based platforms…”

Fighting fake news: The Netherlands and several other Chapters have partnered with Make Media Great Again, an organization focused on correcting disinformation at news sites. A new working group works with the media and scientists to identify disinformation in news articles.

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Chapters Training Program 2020: The Power of Us!

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
—Brené Brown

Three months ago, the Internet Society decided to face a new challenge. We took ourselves out of our comfort zone to move our community to the next level: empowerment through education. We began the Chapters Training Program, born to satisfy the increasing need of our Chapter Leaders to engage their members in an impactful and informed way. The purpose was to identify and help form new leaders to work together to create local awareness, as part of our 2020 Action Plan .

This journey was not easy. However, our community embraced vulnerability and we overcame many obstacles, like change and uncertainty. In the end, we succeeded – because together our strength is bigger than our challenges. It’s part of our community’s DNA: having the conviction to build an Internet that enriches people’s lives and enables opportunities to all.We demonstrated that when we work together, we accomplish great things. Challenge becomes just a word… To be brave, first we need to be vulnerable and once we are brave, the sky is the limit!

I want to share the results of our work – and I hope we can all feel proud of ourselves! In less than 3 months we:

  • Delivered 25 different courses to the community in 3 different languages (English, Spanish, and French) across 5 different time zones – covering 94 Chapters around the world
  • Engaged 473 Chapter members
  • Executed 322 Chapter initiatives

Thank you and applause to all the instructors, Chapter trainees, Chapter coordinators, and staff who joined us on this journey. You challenged yourselves to be brave and move from words to action. The Internet is not built alone, it is built day by day with the power of Us!

We are Internet Society and together we are strong.

Inspire others to join our community and be brave to make a change!


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Member News: Chapters Focus on Encryption

Lock it down: Several Internet Society chapters across the globe have written about the importance of encryption in recent weeks. The Namibia Chapter wrote about the way encryption can improve privacy and fight against the big business of criminal hacking. “Cybercrime is a global business, often run by multinational outfits,” the Chapter wrote. The Hong Kong Chapter, meanwhile, wrote that “encryption matters to all of us.” Internet users need to work together to protect encryption, the Chapter added. “No party can stand alone to persuade governments to stop creating laws or policies that harm encryption and digital security.”

Freedom for all: The Hong Kong Chapter also called for Internet freedoms to continue in the region as the Chinese government pushes for new security laws there. “We are convinced that the freedoms of speech, press and publication guaranteed by the Basic Law are also applicable to the media industry on the Internet,” the chapter wrote. “Internet users have the freedom and right to obtain, share information and express their expressions, and are protected from being censored, blocked or criminalized.”

Expanding the community: The Nepal Chapter recently wrote about community networks in the country, by highlighting the Rural Communities Access to Information Society (RUCCESS) project. The project aims to provide Internet access and digital literacy programs in rural areas. The project connected community learning hubs with 1 Mbps dedicated bandwidth.

The exchange rate: The Uganda Chapter recently looked at the state of the Uganda Internet Exchange Point, only known Internet exchange point in the country. The IXP is operated by a nonprofit group, but the government there has made several attempts to take over its operation. There are several reasons the government wants to take control, including censorship and taking control of the Internet, the Chapter wrote.

Being a good citizen: The Madagascar Chapter recently highlighted a training program on digital citizenship. “The digital citizen is one who exercises his civic duties and undertakes to become active promoters of more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable societies essentially through the digital,” the Chapter wrote. A good citizen has a responsibility to act ethically and avoid fueling hatred and inequality, the Chapter added. “In the digital ecosystem in Madagascar where the Internet is more and more limited to social networks … these dangerous discourses have proliferated widely in recent months, fueled by controversy (generated by fear?) in the context of a health crisis.”

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Member News: Internet Society Chapters Assist Communities with Telework, Remote Education

Keep working: In recent months, several Internet Society Chapters have focused on helping people to keep working during COVID-19 lockdowns. The Benin Chapter recently published a guide to remote work, with recommendations for videoconferencing apps, project management software, and file storage services. “We are facing a real health crisis, COVID-19, which is shaking up our habits and pushing companies to adapt to new working methods,” the Chapter’s post says. “Authorizing employees to telecommute is the ideal solution for the continuity of your activity and avoiding contagion within your teams.”

Building your brand: Meanwhile, the Israel Chapter hosted a webinar on employment and careers in the digital industry. Speaker Shani Haddad, CEO and founder of Brainnu, talked about the importance of people marketing themselves and telling their own stories.

Learning at a distance: It’s not just workers dealing with new situations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pacific Islands Chapter has posted about distance learning, noting that the Samoa Information Technology Association has developed an e-learning platform for students attending school from home. Education is “one of the key areas that is being heavily affected by the lockdown,” the post notes.

No censorship: The Chapter in Spain has raised concerns about a potential clampdown on free speech as the government there responds to information circulating about the coronavirus pandemic. “It is an essential task of the Internet Society to ensure an open Internet, based on the fullest freedom of expression and information, which therefore contributed to free communication between all its users, who in Spain are already today the vast majority of the population,” the Chapter writes. “Except for aberrant content that is openly contrary to public health, such measures are equivalent to prior censorship of information and opinion, and unlike other restrictions on freedoms, they are as unnecessary as they are ineffective in combating this disease.”

A partnership for the Internet: The Pacific Islands Chapter has recently signed a partnership agreement with the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), with the goal of building capacity in the TLD space in the region. The partnership will share expertise for training and seminars and will exchange information while “championing the Internet and Internet resources in the local community,” says Leonid Todorov, APTLD’s general manager.

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Member News: Internet Society Chapters Focus on Connecting People During Pandemic

Staying connected: Several Internet Society Chapters are focusing on ways to help people stay connected while living under stay-at-home orders or following social-distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netherlands Chapter has released a toolbox of open source tools to help people work from home.

Resources for the people: Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic Chapter has released a list of COVID-related resources for residents. The list includes information on virtual private networks, on teleworking, and on the country’s cybersecurity resources. The Chapter also released a set of recommendations for the government, for Internet service providers, and for other companies. For example, the Chapter recommends that ISPs offer flexible or low-cost service plans to customers during the pandemic.

Pandemic privacy: One of the many concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic is a loss of privacy as governments and private organizations track mobile phones as a way to monitor the spread of the virus and the effectiveness of social-distancing programs. The Canada Chapter notes that the pandemic has raised fears about the surveillance state. In Canada, the prime minister has ruled against cell phone surveillance for tracking the spread of the virus, but “if the virus rapidly spreads further, no doubt device tracking will be contemplated and possibly enacted in Canada,” the Chapter writes. “This involves a decision most governments are loath to take: trading privacy interests against public health.”

An issue of access: The Slovenia Chapter looks at bandwidth, congestion, and access issues as millions of people worldwide are now working from home. Internet traffic is up significantly in several countries, and while the Internet has held up, about 17 percent of the homes in the country don’t have Internet access, making distance learning nearly impossible, writes Professor Jerman Blažič.

Shutdowns in the time of COVID: The India Chennai Chapter recently hosted a discussion on the impact of Internet shutdowns during a pandemic. A transcript of the discussion is available. “In the current crisis, it appears important that we have to have better connectivity,” moderator Sivasubramanian Muthusamy said.

Life (and art) go on: There’s still room to create art, even during a pandemic, the Netherlands Chapter notes. Member Karina Palosi promotes the Social Distancing Festival, a worldwide online arts festival that includes music, dance, painting, and other arts mediums.

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Member News: Ethiopia Launches Internet Society Chapter

Ready, set, launch: An Internet Society Chapter launched recently in Ethiopia, with a goal of advocating for the development and expansion of open, secure, trustworthy, and affordable Internet access to everyone in the country. The idea of starting an Internet Society Chapter came from a workshop, “where we became conscious of the fact that more than 85% of the Ethiopia population is losing countless opportunities every day because they don’t have access to the Internet,” wrote Adugna Necho, a networking professor at Bahir Dar University. “We believe the Internet is for everyone and we are here to work with all people – from communities to businesses to governments and ordinary people to connect the unconnected and create a bigger and stronger Internet in Ethiopia.”

More Internet, please: The Internet will keep people connected while the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, the India Chennai Chapter notes. Governments should resist urges to shut down service, the Chapter says. “With factories, offices, public places, transportation, schools are colleges shut down, and no clear picture of whether normal life would resume in 4 weeks or 4 months, it is the Internet that could make life go on,” the Chapter writes. “While it is necessary to keep an eye on fake news and the dangers of fake news causing panic, it is equally important to keep the Internet globally connected, perhaps even with directives to access providers NOT to disrupt connectivity to any user under any pretext together with a heightened awareness among Governments that everyone needs Internet …”

Internet values: The Switzerland Chapter, with support from other organizations, has launched a new project, called VIT Labs, an urban laboratory for collective learning and outreach on the “Values of Internet Technologies.” A long-term goal is to encourage people to use more secure and privacy-respecting digital platforms and tools.

Education is key: The Benin Chapter recently hosted a training session on free software, computer hygiene, and cybersecurity. Trainer Oliver Kwami talked about free software as a tool for the benefit of Africa’s development, and he emphasized Internet education about cybersecurity and cybercrime.

In it for the long term: The Israel Chapter has revised the registration rules for domain names, expending the renewal period from two years to five years. The .il registry manages close to 250,000 domain names. “The clear advantage of long-term registration or renewal of a domain name is mitigating the risk of losing control of this asset when users forget to extend it,” the Israel chapter wrote. “That way, owners can guarantee their domain name continues to point to their online content, establishing an online reputation that improves the website’s search ranking.

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Internet Society Ethiopia Chapter Launched Today!

We are excited about the momentum behind Ethiopia.

It is a rare moment in any country’s history to undergo such a positive transformation. It’s a time of immense optimism and investment potential. It’s not a surprise as the country also has one of the fastest-growing economies in the region, is strategically placed, and has a young population of over 105 million – half of whom are under the age of 18.

While we’ve been active in the Internet world for many years, the time to start a Chapter in Ethiopia is absolutely now. With that, let me share our “why” and introduce ourselves.

We are the Internet Society Ethiopia Chapter.

The idea of starting an Internet Society Chapter came to us during a workshop in the city of Bahir Dar, where we became conscious of the fact that more than 85% of the Ethiopia population is losing countless opportunities every day because they don’t have access to the Internet. We believe the Internet is for everyone and we are here to work with all people – from communities to businesses to governments and ordinary people to connect the unconnected and create a bigger and stronger Internet in Ethiopia. What drives us is reliable and affordable Internet access everywhere in Ethiopia.

The fact that we are local gives us the insight and expertise to create solutions that last for Ethiopia and that are in line with part of Ethiopia’s digital transformation strategy.

Here is how we work:

We are a national nonprofit organization under Ethiopia law and as a chartered Chapter of the Internet Society. We are here to serve all its members in Ethiopia while sharing the vision of the Internet Society: The Internet is for Everyone.

Our mission? To promote the development and use of the Internet as a resource to enrich people’s life across the country. The Chapter will also aim to support the advancement of Internet policies, standards, and future development.

The Internet Society Ethiopia Chapter envisions serving Internet stakeholders in the country (academia, the technical community, government, the private sector, and civil society) through raising and addressing critical issues related to the Internet. The Chapter is using a multistakeholder approach to ensure the participation of all Internet stakeholders.

Our Chapter is ready to work with people across Ethiopia to ensure an open, secure, trustworthy, and affordable Internet for everyone here. You do not need a technical background to do it.Just be you and willing to add your expertise into the mix.

We are here to help.

Here is what we will be working on:

Introduce and promote the Internet Society’s vision and mission in Ethiopia: Advocate and mobilize for the development and expansion of open, secure, trustworthy, and affordable Internet access to all in the country and inform Internet and related policies through research and development.

Here is how you can take part:

There are a variety of ways one can participate through sharing expertise, capacity building, and working in teams on a community-level project.

We strongly encourage organizations and partners to contribute to its works and activities by supporting local initiatives that aim at advancing the lives of the Ethiopian people.

Get to know us at this incredible moment in time. Together we can promote the development of the Internet and support the advancement of Internet policies, standards, and future development in Ethiopia!

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Member News: Internet Society Chapters Focus on Security

Security on your mind: The Internet Society’s Chapter in Benin recently hosted a conference focused on online security and on connectivity issues. Much of the discussion focused on instability of connections in the country, with participants concerned about degraded connections. Participants also talked about limited coverage for mobile services. On the topic of security, speakers urged Internet users to regularly change their passwords, avoid default passwords, and prevent third-party apps from connecting to the services they use.

Secure messages: The Israeli Chapter has focused on the security of messaging and social media apps recently. The Chapter recently posted a guide on how to prevent Instagram accounts from being hacked and a guide on how users can protect their privacy on the Tik Tok messaging app.

Privacy for the young ones: Meanwhile, the Chapter in Portugal, working with the Kids Safe on the Net project, has launched an initiative to improve awareness among Portuguese youth about the importance of online privacy and how they can maintain their privacy.

Good privacy: The Netherlands Chapter recently gave its support to the Good ID initiative, an approach to identity management that prioritizes data privacy and security. Good ID aims to give Internet users more control over their digital identification and their privacy. “The various personal data scandals in recent years have shown that respect for the privacy of citizens is not yet highly regarded by many parties,” the Chapter said.

Governance and security: The Peru Chapter recently sponsored Internet Governance Forum Peru, which focused on Internet infrastructure, regulation, digital citizenship, and cybersecurity. Among the topics were “Digital Citizenship and Online Rights: How do we educate new generations to function in a digital world?” and “Internet Regulation: Brake to innovation or opportunity?”

Tech workers unite: The New York City Chapter hosts regular webcasts on Internet and other tech topics. On Feb. 5, the webcast featured  Lizzie O’Shea, author of “Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us about Digital Technology.” She talked about how tech workers – from Silicon Valley to India to Brazil – are using platform cooperative principles to organize for the benefit of not just themselves but society as a whole.

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Learn, Contribute, and Engage! Introducing the Chapters Training Program!

Our members play a vital role in working for an open, globally-connected, and secure Internet for all – through their experience, knowledge, and passion. For this reason, we’re excited to announce the Internet Society’s 2020 Chapters Training Program.

The Chapters Training Program will be the first engagement and learning program for members that focuses on developing new community leaders.  These community leaders can work together with their respective Chapters and create local awareness of our 2020 Action Plan work and explore options for members to become involved.

Growing and developing our communities is one of our main priorities. By launching this program we aim to strengthen three important development components for Chapters: Chapter alignment to Organizations Strategy, Capacity Building, and Community engagement.

Enrollment for Chapters interested in being part of the program will be open until February 9th . Chapters can subscribe here.

For Chapters interested on getting more details about the program, a video session is available.

We hope to get as many Chapters as possible for this first year pilot!

We can only grow if we innovate and work together. New ideas will always bring new opportunities. Join us and be part of this global initiative!