Internet Way of Networking (IWN) – Protecting what makes the Internet work for everyone


What is the Internet Way of Networking (IWN) course?


This course is an introduction to the Critical Properties of the Internet Way of Networking. It will help learners understand the foundation that underpins the health and success of the Internet, and how to protect it to ensure the Internet can evolve to reach its full potential.

What are the course objectives?


  • Learn what key technologies and actions helped spark the Internet.
  • Learn what the Internet Way of Networking is and the five critical properties that make up the foundation that underpins the Internet.
  • Learn how to identify threats to the Internet Way of Networking, with examples from existing use cases.
  • Learn how conducting an Internet impact assessment can help prevent policies, technologies and trends from harming the Internet.
  • Learn about the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit, and how it can help users protect the foundation that keeps the Internet working for everyone.

You should attend this course if:


This course does not have prerequisites; it is recommended (but not required) for Network Operations.

You should attend this course if:

  • You are a policymaker, technologist, or advocate working on issues related to Internet regulation.
  • You have a base understanding of how the Internet works, and would like to learn about the critical foundation that keeps it working for everyone.
  • You want to build awareness of the importance of protecting the critical foundation of the Internet.
  • You want to be able to advocate to prevent a policy, technology, or trend from harming the Internet’s foundation.
  • You want to know the basic considerations to include in an Internet impact assessment.

Registration period

28 August – 19 September 2021

How do I enroll in a course?

How do I access the learning platform as an Internet Society member?

As an Internet Society member, you can log into with your member login credentials. There is no need to create a new account. If you do not remember your login information, select Forgot Login? to be emailed your username and receive a link to reset your password. Once logged in, you will be able to view the course catalog and select the course you’d like to enroll in.

How do I access the learning platform as a non-member?

Both guests and Internet Society members can access the learning platform. To register as either, click Register on the login box at Next, either register as a member or click on the guest registration form to register as a guest. Once you create an account, you can use the credentials you created (username and password) to log into Once logged in, you will be able to view the course catalog and enroll in courses.

How do I enroll in a course?

Browse available courses in the course catalog or use the search bar to find the course you would like to enroll in. On each course page, click the “Enroll” button in the top right corner of the page to immediately be added to a course. Once you have successfully been enrolled, you will be able to see the course under “My Courses and Learning Plans”. You will also be able to see information about the course instructor, view the course’s forums, and access any modules that are available. If the course has not yet started, you will not see any modules until the day the course begins.

How do I join the waitlist for a course?

If you are on a course page and the button in the top right corner of the page reads “Enroll (Waiting List)”, this means the course has reached the maximum number of participants able to enroll. You can click the button to join the waitlist for the course and you will be notified if a spot becomes available.

How do I select the right course format?

When browsing the course catalog, you will see multiple versions of the same course available. All courses are available in English, French, and Spanish so first select the right language for you. You can do this by selecting the language of your choice in the left-hand filter in the course catalog or choosing the course that denotes the correct language (EN=English, FR=French, ES=Spanish).

You also have the option to choose the format that will work best for your connection type. All courses have 3 format options: high bandwidth, low bandwidth, and text-based for all connections. You can filter by bandwidth option in the left-hand filter on the course catalog or select the “Additional Information” tab when viewing a course to see which bandwidth connection you have selected.

If you have any questions about which version is best for you, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] to get assistance.