The Internet Society has supported our work toward a 100% encrypted Web since before we’d even issued our first certificate. Their commitment to helping us execute our vision has been a substantial help over the years. Today, I’m excited to invite Christine Runnegar, Senior Director at The Internet Society and member of ISRG’s Board of Directors, to share her thoughts.
-Josh Aas, Executive Director, ISRG & Let’s Encrypt
Today, across the world, communities, organizations, and individuals are celebrating Global Encryption Day. Organized by the Global Encryption Coalition (GEC), it’s a day to take stock of the crucial role that encryption plays in securing our communications on the Internet.
The Internet Society is a GEC Steering Committee member because access to encryption is a key tool for us to realize our mission of keeping the Internet a force for good. That’s why the Internet Society is also a proud financial sponsor of Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), which founded and operates Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt provides digital certificates to more than 260 million websites, making a more secure and privacy-respecting Web for users all over the world. In just five years, the percentage of Web pages loaded over HTTPS has risen from under 50% to more than 85% and climbing, principally because of the community that has coalesced around the importance of encryption everywhere. Encrypted Web traffic protects the confidentiality and integrity of information users share with, or learn from, websites. It makes us all safer online.
Let’s Encrypt is a great success story, and an outstanding example of how supporting public interest infrastructure, such as a certificate authority operated for the public’s benefit, helps ensure everyone has access to the benefits of encryption.
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