Internet Safety Labs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent software product safety organization, unrelentingly on the side of consumers and their safety.
Why We Exist
Internet technologies are reshaping society in ways both obvious and hidden. We believe it’s time for internet products and services to be tested with the same safety rigor we apply to all products in our lives. Virtually every new technology and media sees the emergence of safety standards soon following commercialization. (E.g. telephones, automobiles, radio, TV.)
Except the internet. Weird.
In fact, we don’t even have agreement about what safety is when using connected tech. The world’s early efforts have been focused on “privacy” – just one dimension of personal and societal safety.
We need more, we can do better.
That’s where Internet Safety Labs comes in. We’ve developed a practical through line from ethical principles around harm and safety to objectively measurable tests.
We don’t measure the behavior of companies.
We do measure the behavior of technology.
What We Believe
Safe technology is better for everyone – consumers and businesses alike
We can’t change what we can’t measure
Technology is no longer a tool we use, it’s a relationship we share
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.
How We Work
Dignity, Diversity & Respect
Always treat one another and the planet with the utmost respect. Diversity is crucial to our success; it leads to better understanding and better outcomes. People, ideas, and points of view: all are welcome here. We are generous with our resources; we serve humanity in order to bring about a more humane future.
We uncompromisingly pursue objective truth. We test product behavior, exclusive of feelings about the companies or people behind the products. Our culture, business model, and governance ensure the integrity of our organization.
We strive to excel in every aspect of our work and respectfully question the status quo, and face the awkward or difficult with courage. We’re accuracy and measurement-driven. Committed to making a tangible change in the technology marketplace.
Why ISL? “Helping people understand how technology works and behaves – especially at the intersection of technology and regulation is very important. I am proud to work with our passionate and experienced team to encourage the adoption of software safety practices that are better for both consumers and businesses.”
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
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.“