The Chicago Chapter of the Internet Society
Welcome to ISOC-Chicago   
Anniversary Celebration

We proudly announce our five year anniversary celebration!

November 1998 - November 2003
Sunday, November 9, 2003
5:00 pm

A Dutch-Treat* Dinner
at an Italian Restaurant
Basilico Ristorante
4701 N. Cumberland Ave.
Norridge, IL
Take the Kennedy to Cumberland South, the restaurant is on the east side of Cumberland, just south of Lawrence.

The Celebration Cake will be provided by ISOC-Chicago!

Please R.S.V.P. to Terry Morris at by Friday 11/7 at noon.

* Dutch-treat means pay for your own meal, drinks and tip.

Welcome New Members!

Over 32 new members have joined since July. We welcome you and want you to know that you are very important to us. If you would have some ideas about how you would like to contribute and/or serve in some capacity to assist with running our chapter, please contact Bill Slater at

Chapter Officer Elections

Nominations have been received for Chapter Officers. Nominees must be both an ISOC member AND an ISOC-Chicago member. Voting procedures will be posted in November.

2003 ISOC-Chicago
5th Anniversary

On Sunday, November 9, we will celebrate our 5th anniversary with a dinner at a northwest-side Chicago restaurant. To reserve a spot contact Terry Morris at

Tech Target TechTarget Conferences

A series of technology-specific conferences, all of which are free invitation-only events for senior IT pros who qualify to attend.

ISOC-Mexico Videoconference

VideoconferenceThis successful meeting continued the goodwill and friendship between our two ISOC Chapters. Technical education materials were exchanged in English and in Espanol. More Info

ISOC Featured SIG

InterPlanNet iSIG

The objective of the Interplanetary Internet project is to define the architecture and protocols necessary to permit interoperation of the Internet resident on Earth with other remotely located internets resident on other planets or spacecraft in transit.

Mentoring Program

Would you like to be encouraged by a mentor? An ISOC-Chicago member may volunteer to be your mentor. There is no charge for this service. An enthusiasm for learning and a willingness to expand your skillset is expected.

Would you like to share your knowledge and mentor an individual new to this field? The Mentor the Mentor Program is available to train those who feel they are ready to take on a protégé or two or three. There is no charge for this service, only a commitment of work and time is expected.

Visit for more information on Mentoring.

ISOC-Chicago Events

ISOC Polska & ISOC-Chicago
International Summit 2003

ISOC Polska Summit

ISOC Polska & ISOC-Chicago
International Summit

ISOC-Mexico & ISOC-Chicago
Video Conference

What is the Internet Society?

The Internet Society (ISOC) was founded in 1991 and became a non-profit corporation in 1992, but its origins date from the beginnings of the Internet. ISOC was originated by Vint Cerf (considered one of the "Fathers of the Internet" as co-inventor of TCP/IP with Robert Kahn) and Anthony Rutkowski (then Chair of the IAB).

ISOC was created to be the organizational home of the international Standards body for the Internet, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IETF writes the standards called RFCs (Request for Comments) that are in effect the "evolving constitution" of the Internet and which have guaranteed its open, orderly, continued growth. ISOC now is the majority funder of IETF, which is developing the Standards for IPv6 and 'the next Internet'.

The Internet Society has grown to a world-wide organization with over 13,000 members from 100 countries. ISOC educates the world's Internet leadership and coordinates the development of global Internet policy, in addition to our continuing, vital Standards work.

And in the past several years, ISOC has assumed the additional role of helping bridge the so called "Digital Divide" by working with members to reach into the communities of those who are less fortunate, with educational programs and mentoring, and in some cases, even free computers and modems with which to access the Internet. Indeed, the motto of the Internet Society is "The Internet is for Everyone".

ISOC's programs in Standards & Protocols, Education & Training, and Public Policy are entirely Member-supported by its 130 Organization Members,, who invite you to join with them.


Tech Target Conferences


Meeting Schedule

November 20, 2003
Chapter Meeting
Northwestern U

Chapter News

Current Newsletter

Terry Felke Morris, a charter member of our chapter, has published a web development book, Web Developer Foundations: Using XHTML.

In Memory of
James Dean Snyder,
ISOC-Chicago Member,
Tribute to Jim

Past Meeting Highlights....

July 24, 2003
William F. Slater III, ISOC-Chicago President
ISOC Membership Options, International Initiatives, and
Finding and/or Keeping a Job In Technology, in One of the Toughest IT Markets Ever (Download Presentation)

June 26, 2003
Matthew Prince, President of
The SPAM Situation Plaguing the Internet

May 29, 2003
William F. Slater III,
ISOC-Chicago President
The Rewards and Challenges of Pursuing Higher Education Online Via the Internet and the World Wide Web

April 30, 2003
with ISOC-Mexico More Info

More Highlights...

ISOC Press Release

Our lobby to extend the moratorium on Internet Taxation was successful!

Access to Archival Databases

Online access to a selection of nearly 50 million historic electronic records created by more than 20 federal agencies on a wide range of topics.

The ability to search for records with the specific information that you seek.

Important contextual information. More Info...

Free ISOC Global Membership