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About the IETF

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the leading Internet standards body. It develops open standards through open processes with one goal in mind: to make the Internet work better. A large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers, the IETF focuses on the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. The Internet Architecture Board (IAB)  and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) complement the work of the IETF by, respectively, providing long-range technical direction for Internet development and promoting research important to the Internet’s evolution.

Open standards are a cornerstone of the Internet. They are key to allowing devices, services, and applications to work together across a wide and dispersed network of networks. In addition to the standards themselves, the open processes and principles on which they are developed ensure the evolution of Internet technologies that meet the need of the growing number of devices and uses that empower people around the world.

The Internet Society supports the work of these groups through a variety of programs, and  provides a corporate home for the IETF LLC, the administrative entity that supports the IETF, the IAB, and the IRTF. [Learn more in RFC 8712.]

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IETF Meetings

events for IETF
IETF 110 Online
06 March
Online Saturday 06 March 2021 – Friday 12 March 2021

IETF 110 Online

IETF 110 will be online starting Saturday 6 March and run through Friday, 12 March 2021. The IETF Hackathon and...…

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IETF News

Internet Society Extends Its Significant Financial Support Commitment to the IETF
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In the News 2 December 2020

Internet Society Extends Its Significant Financial Support Commitment to the IETF

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Internet Society and IETF agreement ensures the continuity of critical work in creating open standards
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In the News 1 December 2020

Internet Society and IETF agreement ensures the continuity of critical work in creating open standards

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The Internet Society and IETF Announce New Strategic Agreement to Support Ongoing Work on Open Standards
Press Releases 30 November 2020

The Internet Society and IETF Announce New Strategic Agreement to Support Ongoing Work on Open Standards

Washington, DC – 30 November 2020 – The Internet Society and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) today announced...

Internet Society Continues Strong Support for the IETF’s Critical Work on Open Standards
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About Internet Society 30 November 2020

Internet Society Continues Strong Support for the IETF’s Critical Work on Open Standards

Open standards and the role they play are an important part of what makes the Internet the Internet. A...

Internet Society extends major financial support commitment to the IETF
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In the News 30 November 2020

Internet Society extends major financial support commitment to the IETF

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The Internet Society and IETF announce new strategic agreement on Open Standards work
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In the News 30 November 2020

The Internet Society and IETF announce new strategic agreement on Open Standards work

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