#InternetForImpact - So you think you know the Internet? Spoiler alert: it’s not about the world wide web, it’s about the impact the Internet enables

Imagine the Internet did not exist. How would this affect your organization’s mission and impact? Some of us can remember the world pre-Internet, others have never known life without it. And many — about half the world’s population — are not connected to the Internet.
In this session, we get a healthy dose of appreciation for the Internet by visiting its past, exploring its future and, most importantly, considering the impact it enables for the social sector.
After all, the power is not in the Internet. The power is what people can do with the Internet.

Learning outcomes:

A better understanding of:

  • What the Internet is and what it is not
  • The evolution and future possibilities of the Internet
  • The role of the Internet for organizational impact and mission delivery
  • What can be done today to protect the Internet’s future


Toral Cowieson (USA)
Senior Director, Internet Society