San Francisco-Bay Area ISOC Chapter

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General Information
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
Type: ISOC Chapter
Country: USA


Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@sfbayisoc
Susannah Gray, President
Fatema Kothari, Vice President
Board of Directors

With over 2,000 members, the San Francisco-Bay Area (SF-Bay) Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter focuses on Internet access issue and diversity and digital inclusion in California. The SF-Bay Area ISOC Chapter was officially recognized by ISOC on 16 February 2009.


As a nonprofit 501(c)3 entity, the SF-Bay Area ISOC Chapter’s work is funded entirely by donations, sponsorship and grants. The Chapter relies on volunteers to carry out its day-to-day activities.

Working Groups

The Chapter has three working groups: Internet Governance, IoT and Data Protection, Privacy & Security.


In 2016, the SF-Bay Area Chapter secured funding from the Internet Society’s Beyond the Net program for its “Bridging California’s Rural/Urban Digital Divide with Mobile Broadband” project. The Chapter joined together with California State University (CSU) Geographical Information Center (GIC), Chico, and Valley Vision to collect data on mobile broadband performance in Yolo County, near Sacramento in Northern California.

In the past, the Chapter was involved of the infamous Interplanetary Networking Special Interest Group (SIG).


The Chapter holds various events throughout the year. Due to logistical limitations, events are currently held in around the San Francisco-Bay Area only.

Industry Representation

Chapter representatives attend as many ICANN, NARALO, ISOC, and related industry events as funding and schedules allow. The Chapter is an At-Large Structure (ALS) and is affiliated with NARALO.

About ISOC

ISOC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington, USA, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world.