Who We Are
Internet Safety Labs is the world’s first independent product safety testing lab for software, unrelentingly on the side of consumers and their safety.
Why We Exist
Virtually every new product introduction sees the emergence of safety standards soon following market adoption. (Think: telephones, automobiles, radio, TV.)
But this never happened for software. Weird. Just because there’s “soft” in the name, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
There’s lots of buzz around “data privacy” and “cybersecurity”, but we think it’s far simpler:
Good old, basic product safety.
Because all products should be safe for people.
Statement of Independence
ISL is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) product safety testing and research organization. We are committed to the independence and autonomy of all our work. We do not accept funding that would impact our ability to remain impartial and objective or compromise our ethical foundation.
What We Do
Define Software Harms
We work to develop and gain consensus around a common software harms taxonomy.
Develop Software Product Safety Standards
We’ve developed a rigorous baseline for testing the safety of websites and mobile apps.
Perform Product Safety Research and Create Industry Benchmarks
Perform Product Safety Audits
For websites and mobile apps.
Advocate for Software Product Safety Policy & Regulation
Why ISL? “Technology should be used for the betterment of humanity. For that to be a reality, industry and government alike need to be held accountable for the harms of the tools they build and deploy. Independent oversight is part of building a future people can live in”.
Board of Directors
Dr. Nishal Mohan
Why ISL? “As a digital rebel, I work with marginalized communities globally to codevelop and democratize public benefit technologies such as the internet and digital services. ISL understands how technology affects everyone’s privacy, security, and digital rights and I am delighted to support these efforts particularly for the benefit of those new to the digital world.”
Why ISL? “We have safety standards for many important areas of our lives like food, and transportation, but not for software. Yet we use software every day assuming it is safe. I’m proud to support ISL as they help companies and industries define standards that make us all safer while we continue to innovate and grow as individuals and as a global society.“