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Events 17 March 2015

Internet Society to Host Global Internet Community Forum – InterCommunity 2015

Membership meeting designed to bring global community together through the power of the Internet

[Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland – 17 March 2015] – The Internet Society Board of Trustees, at its 119th meeting, decided to hold the first ever virtual Global Community Forum for the Internet Society’s worldwide membership: InterCommunity 2015. Held in conjunction with the Board’s Annual General Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, the event will ‘follow the sun’, featuring concurrent, real-time forums around the world connected through the Internet to create one, hybrid global meeting. It will run from 20:00 UTC on 7 July 2015 to 09:00 UTC on 8 July 2015.

InterCommunity 2015 is being designed to showcase the power of the Internet to transcend boundaries and to unify the Internet Society around the globe through an exchange of knowledge and ideas. This meeting will enable the Society’s 70,000+ global members, 108 Chapters, 135 Organization members and experts across the Internet technical community to come together virtually through a network of interconnected events across the world.

“This meeting will set a new precedent and will showcase how the Internet can facilitate engagement and connections across distance and time,” noted Bob Hinden, Chairman of the Internet Society Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees welcomes this highly interactive opportunity to connect with and hear from our global community and to participate in a truly worldwide exchange of views using the technology we all care so much about.”

The InterCommunity 2015 will be hosted from SkyCity in Auckland, co-located with the InternetNZ NetHui conference. Forums will be set up across Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe that will be interconnected as part of this global meeting. The Internet Society Board of Trustees, President and CEO Kathy Brown, and limited support staff will be present in Auckland, while the Executive team and staff will be positioned at regional events closest to their base cities.

“This is an amazing opportunity to show that the Internet can help us overcome geographical constraints and truly connect with our global community”, noted Kathy Brown. “I encourage community members to take advantage of this unique Internet Society community event to share ideas, listen to each other’s concerns and hear perspectives from different regions.”

Locations of the regional events will be announced by April 15 and further details about how to participate will be made available though our Membership platform – Connect. Internet Society Members can access preliminary event details on the InterCommunity page in Connect. Non-members are encouraged to join the Internet Society to take part in this exciting event.

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About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership around the world. It is also the organizational home for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). With its principled vision, substantial technological foundation and its global presence, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.
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