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Development
What do we mean by Internet Development?
The Internet Society works to foster growth and access to technology by bringing information, training, and partnerships to people and communities across the globe.

We amplify our efforts by concentrating on building projects focused on sustainable human, technical, and governance infrastructures. We believe these three fundamental pillars are the key to sucessful Internet development initiatives that benefits local culture, empowers users and generate economic growth.

We call this smart development.

Smart development is about:
Human Infrastructure
Trained, educated and engaged people who create, sustain, and maintain networks at a local and regional level. People who connect with each other and form “trusted human networks” that build content and innovate around the world. This is what allows the Internet to grow and become a platform for economic and community development.

Technical infrastructure
The networks, computers, protocols (“standards”), Internet exchange points, and other technology that the Internet runs “on”, and through which the unconnected become connected. Where innovation drives technology and economic growth.

Governance Infrastructure
The frameworks, guidelines and rules that promote Internet use, innovation and expansion are critical to allow the Internet to fulfill Its’ potential as a channel for human expression and development. This can be as simple as committed and organized people who manage an IXP, to robust stakeholder commitment to building out the Internet and discussing

Why is this important?
The Internet works because its governance is distributed, open, inclusive, collaborative, and transparent. We work to keep it this way.

Smart Development aims to strengthen this idea. It represents a positive, inclusive, and proven alternative to policies that can stifle innovation and network development. It offers an apolitical, non-interventionist method of building Internet connectivity and engagement that is accessible anywhere in the world and offers proven, cost-effective and replicable results.

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Why It Matters
ISOC SL seeks to make Sierra Leone a better place. Since its creation, it has given us a unique platform for innovation, creativity, and economic opportunity. The Internet improved the quality of life for people in all parts of the world – and can continue to do so.

Access for All
There’s a lot of talk today about network neutrality and open access. In a technical sense, it means an Internet that has no idea what’s being transported on it – no matter if it’s a giant database of files or a small video of your family vacation you might want to post on YouTube. Simply put, it’s a neutral architecture that’s open to every conceivable type of application that could be developed around the world. But for a lot of us, net neutrality is about our rights as Internet and web users so we can innovate with the only restrictions being the technical protocols. It also means you can log on to a reliable and affordable web connection so you can do things like:

Express your ideas how YOU want.
Write your blog, post a video on YouTube, call your family on Skype.
Stay connected to your culture, friends and family
Finish your homework at home (and turn it in on time)
Tell your own stories, no matter who you are, how much you earn, where you live, or what you believe in.

Shaping the Future of the Internet
ISOC SL helps to make sure the beliefs at the core of the Internet’s success remain with people that use it.

Policies will shape if it stays that way or if control shifts away from the user and more towards Network owners. We envision a future in which people around the world can use the Internet to improve their quality of life.

Standards, technologies, business practices, and government policies can sustain an open and universally accessible platform for innovation, creativity, and economic opportunity.

Our vision of an Internet that is truly for everyone gives us our strength, motivation, and energy.

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The Internet Society Sierra Leone Chapter engages in a wide spectrum of Internet issues, including governance, development. We establish and promote principles that are intended to persuade governments to make decisions that are right for their citizens and each nation’s future. Everything we do is based on ensuring that a healthy, sustainable Internet is available to everyone – today and for the next billion users.

Our Work

  • Championing public policies that enable open access
  • Facilitating the open development of standards, protocols, administration, and the technical infrastructure of the Internet
  • Organizing that bring people together to share insights and opinions. 

Education & Leadership

  • Providing reliable information and educational opportunities that include training workshops in developing countries
  • Facilitating leadership programmes that include the cultivation of Next Generation Leaders and Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Ambassadors
  • Supporting local Chapters that serve the needs of the growing global Internet community