Before describing what you need to know about Internet access, let’s spend a little time to understand the Internet itself. The Internet is a communications “network of networks” that allows people to connect and share information wherever they are in the world. What makes the Internet a true globally accessible resource is the fact that communications network providers agree to use common standards and to collaborate in keeping the Internet open for all.
This is critical to understand as an NGO because your Internet service provider or your government’s adherence to these principles will determine whether or not you can connect with supporters, communities and potential donors anywhere in the world. Civil society and NGOs play a critical role in ensuring that the Internet remains open and global. The Internet Society, an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, transparent and user-defined, provides an introduction to the Internet.