Chapter FAQs

Chapter FAQs

By connecting the world, working with others, and advocating for equal access to the Internet, the Internet Society (ISOC) strives to make the world a better place. It is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, access, and policy. Its mission is to promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world

Internet Society Chapters are communities of like-minded people who work together to run a variety of programmes and activities, such as educational events, community and public policy programmes and networking events. Chapters are formed by individual members of the Internet Society.The Chapters provide the Internet Society with unique local and regional perspectives on Internet issues. There over over 110 active Chapters around the world.

Chapters organise events, projects and activities that all work to support the Internet Society’s mission while addressed the unique issues in their local area. The SF-Bay Area Chapter works on:

Educational events: 

  • Educating members or the general public about Internet-related issues such as security,
  • broadband access, IPV6, child safety, network neutrality, and much more.

Community programs:

  • Helping to Ensuring Internet access for economically disadvantaged people or those with
  • disabilities, covering areas such as hardware, software, distribution and best practices.

Public policy programs:

Informing policy and decision makers about Internet issues such as net neutrality, copyright protection, censorship, or human rights.

Networking events:

Helping members connect with like-minded people who share an interest in bringing the benefits of the Internet to everyone.

As a member of the Internet Society, you can join together with thousands of other people to help build a world that supports everyone’s right to use the Internet to share knowledge, innovate and get their voices heard. With well over 2,000 members, the SF-Bay Area Chapter is the largest, serving one of the world’s most innovative tech hubs and works at the forefront of technology daily.

Nothing. There are no membership fees to join the SF-Bay Area Chapter.

Yes. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity, the SF Bay-Area ISOC Chapter’s work is funded entirely by donations, sponsorships and grants. Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor to help us carry out our mission.

Yes. We welcome members from anywhere. However, as the Chapter focuses on the issues that are pertinent to the local community, we also encourage you to see if there is a Chapter in your region.

We are always happy to hear from members who would like to get more involved with the work of the SF-Bay Area Chapter. You can find out more about volunteering here or you can send us an email.

We’re always looking to collaborate and partner with organizations and individuals who are working on issues that are aligned with the Chapter’s mission. Please contact us with more details.