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The Internet, which forms the basis of all of IIJ's businesses, has been nurtured and developed by communities of people such as researchers, engineers, and users from around the world. To advance the Internet further, IIJ collaborates with communities in and outside of Japan, as well as universities and other research institutes, public organizations, and private businesses to create new innovations. We also actively disclose the technologies developed in-house and the expertise we have gained through by commercializing our technologies, to spread new technologies in society.
Internet Society is a leading international non-profit organization founded in 1992, working on standardization of Internet technologies and leading education and policy-related discussions. IIJ joined the Society as a founding member and currently supports its activities as a gold member company.
We are also involved in the activities of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), an organization that discusses standardization of Internet technologies together with Internet Society. IIJ engineers participate in multiple working groups, and have discussions based on IIJ’s Internet expertise to contribute to technological development.
IIJ's R&D Center, IIJ Research Laboratory expert researchers measure and analyze the current state of the Internet traffic, and engage in next-generation technology research and development. The institute also conducts joint research with Internet researchers from around the world and accepts interns.
Our joint research with the University of Tokyo, whose aim is to switch communications seamlessly between private LTE and public LTE, utilizes IIJ’s commercial full-MVNO (*) platform.
In addition, IIJ successfully realized the domestic production and cost reduction of a 5G core network, the core technology for 5G cell phone networks as a result of the joint development of open-source software development for local5G/6G mobile systems in collaboration with NEDO（The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization）, the University of Tokyo, APRESIA and Fujitsu.
We believe our continued research and development activities will facilitate the spread of local 5G telecommunications in various industrial fields.
In a joint research and development project regarding 5G data off-loading using the Passpoint, the next-generation public wireless LAN technology, conduced by Kyoto University, Tohoku University and other institutions, we offer mobile network as a full MVNO and provide SIMs, eSIMs and technological support.
Most of the software used on the Internet is maintained not by any particular company but by communities of volunteering developers. IIJ also uses many open-source software developed by such communities, and actively feeds software improvements back to the communities to contribute to improving open-source software features and their reliability.
Additionally, we proactively engage in the development of our own software and tools based on open source software to improve convenience and working environments, such as releasing access control functions to be used in combination with the web server software NGINX and software that permits the efficient sharing and management of documents.
IIJ also release technological information actively in "Internet Infrastructure Review," a technical report journal that periodically presents IIJ's technologies, as well as in a technology blog that introduces cutting-edge technologies in a timely manner.
IIJ Tech Channel on YouTube shares a broad range of technological information, mainly about developments and operations of the IIJ Group.
We also hold the IIJ Technical Seminar – ITS technological event to interact with external engineers.
Although the spread of the Internet has contributed to society’s development, it has also created various problems. To realize a safe and secure Internet society, IIJ is taking initiatives with industry organizations and working on these issues.
To develop a safe Internet society and protect users, IIJ has joined organizations which aim to improve information security levels, investigating cyber-attacks, and evaluate and test measures against them, to improve incident (*) response capabilities.
IIJ has joined organizations which aim to prevent abuse of networks by means such as spam prevention, to discuss and respond to such matters and speedily incorporate global initiatives and technologies into our services.
To prevent criminal cases arising from use of the Internet by young people and prevent further spread of damage, IIJ takes part in awareness activities to help organize safe Internet usage environments and improve media literacy.
To secure Japanese companies’ privacy protection in compliance with global privacy protection laws such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), IIJ participates the Japan DPO Association(*) as a board member.
IIJ has joined various organizations to improve the international competitiveness and energy consumption of Japanese data centers.
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