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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 109 Online
09 November
Online Monday 09 November 2020 – Friday 20 November 2020

IETF 109 Online

IETF 109 will be online starting 16 November and run through Friday, 20 November. The Hackathon will take place 9-13...…

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IETF News

New Internet Protocol: Redesigning Internet With Chinese Characteristics? – Analysis
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In the News 17 October 2020

New Internet Protocol: Redesigning Internet With Chinese Characteristics? – Analysis

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IETF 107 Starts Today as a Virtual Meeting
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IETF 23 March 2020

IETF 107 Starts Today as a Virtual Meeting

Later today, the 107th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will begin its working group sessions in...

IETF 106 Begins Nov 16 in Singapore – Here is how you can participate remotely in building open Internet standards
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IETF 15 November 2019

IETF 106 Begins Nov 16 in Singapore – Here is how you can participate remotely in building open Internet standards

Starting Saturday, November 16, 2019, the 106th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will begin in Singapore....

Internet Resilience Discussions at IETF 104
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IETF 22 March 2019

Internet Resilience Discussions at IETF 104

Let’s look at what’s happening in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the upcoming IETF 104 meeting in...

Join a Local IETF Viewing Hub in Africa
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IETF 20 March 2019

Join a Local IETF Viewing Hub in Africa

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the premier Internet standards body, developing open standards through processes to make the...

Concluding the IETF Rough Guide, Long Live the IETF Blog
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IETF 19 March 2019

Concluding the IETF Rough Guide, Long Live the IETF Blog

For many years we have produced a series of blog posts as a Rough Guide to each upcoming IETF...

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