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The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the premier Internet standards body, developing open standards through open processes to make the Internet work better. The IETF is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with 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.

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

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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...

How IPv6 SLAAC Responds to Renumbering Events
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IPv6 11 March 2019

How IPv6 SLAAC Responds to Renumbering Events

If you follow the IPv6 Maintenance (6man) Working Group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), you may have...

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