About ISPA

ISPA was founded in 1997 as a non-profit association which represents the interests of more than 200 members from all sectors around the Internet industry as a voluntary interest group.  

We represent Austria’s digital economy, act as its voice towards politics and the public and facilitate communication within the industry. We provide our members with expertise and know-how in legal affairs, develop statements on relevant legislation, templates for general business terms and conditions or safety concepts. Furthermore we offer our members free training as part of the ISPA Academy. Additionally, we inform our members about developments at the national and European level and direct events like the ISPA Forum or the Internet Summit Austria. Through numerous cooperations, we can offer our members various benefits such as discounts for congress tickets or magazine subscriptions. Above all, we take our responsibility for society very serious, for instance through the so called Stopline – a hotline against child sexual abuse material and National Socialism founded by us – or free information material for the promotion of online media competence, especially for children and adolescents.

Current President is Harald Kapper
Secretary General is Mag. Stefan Ebenberger

For further information or questions please contact office (a) ispa.at or call us under +43 1 409 55 76.

Our mission

ISPA is the voice of the Austrian Internet industry. Our goal is to shape the economic and legal framework supporting the optimal development of the Internet and Internet services. We regard the use of the Internet as an important social skill and acknowledge the resulting socio-political responsibilities.

ISPA membership information

ISPAthe Internet Service Providers Austria - is the governing body of Austria’s Internet industry representing and supporting its members on a variety of fields. The advantages of membership are numerous:

Representing your interests 

We represent your interests towards decision makers in politics and business. Those include: public authorities, government agencies, ministries and other special interest groups of Austria and the EU


ISPA’s staff is your primary ally in all matters concerning the Internet. Through close cooperation with many other institutions, projects and NGOs we secure your information advantage. We filter, analyze and prepare the relevant information for you, so you can fully concentrate on your core business


You have questions concerning certain legal issues or you want to know how to deal with specific legal problems in your Internet company? Our experts are looking forward to support you with their legal background information


With our publications such as the ISPA News we inform you about the latest developments and perspectives and provide you with background information. As a member of ISPA you will regularly receive our newsletter as well as executive summaries of the most important industry news, information on legislation, opinions and relevant innovations


With regular events we promote, inter alia, the (information) exchange and networking among our members, partners and other actors of the ICT-industry.

We organize for example workshops and information events such as the ISPA Academy covering a wide range of topics, in which experts share their knowledge with our members. In our industry events such as the ISPA Forum in spring or the Internet Summit Austria in autumn representatives from across the ICT-industry gather to discuss the latest issues and developments of the Internet with specialists.


Through cooperations with other companies and organizations ISPA members always receive special offers such as discounts for magazine subscriptions or event tickets

Membership fee

The membership fee is charged per calendar year and is dependent on the number of votes in the general assembly of ISPA

1 Vote:       300,- Euro (excl. 20% VAT.)
3 Votes: 1.500,- Euro (excl. 20% VAT.)
9 Votes: 7.500,- Euro (excl. 20% VAT.)

You are not a member of ISPA yet? Please sign up here: Register


Stopline is the Austrian Report Centre against Child Sexual Abuse Material and National Socialism on the Internet. Internet users can contact the hotline in a simple and anonymous way and report illegal content with a report form, if they find the following content on the Internet: 

  • Child Sexual Abuse Material (§ 207 a StGB - Austrian penal code) or 
  • National Socialism (Verbotsgesetz - national socialist prohibition law and Abzeichengesetz - law against the wearing of national socialist regalia and symbols)

Founded in 1998 by ISPA, Stopline’s main task is the removal of illegal content from the Internet, especially with regard to content which is hosted in Austria. It is operated as a commitment of ISPA and recognized and authorized by the public authorities.

Stopline is co-funded by the European Commission within the Safer Internet Programme. For a successful international approach, Stopline is a member of the worldwide hotline network INHOPE.

Stopline Logo

Logo der Meldestelle Stopline
Educational children's book (The Online Zoo - available for download)
Kleiner Junge vor dem Zoogeingang mit Giraffe, Elephant, Koala Bär und Löwe