Open Internet Standards Chapter Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide the Internet Society Chapters with pertinent information around Open Internet Standards. This toolkit includes additional resources and video links that can be used at Chapter events to help educate the community on this important topic area.

This initiative is important because Open Internet Standards have been vital to the growth and development of the Internet while supporting interoperability and innovation through the multi-stakeholder model in place today. The Internet Society works to facilitate the smooth operation of the standards development process of the IETF and globally promote participation in activities that help preserve the integrity of the Internet.

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Included in this toolkit is information on the following components:

A. Open Internet Standards
B. OpenStand Initiative
C. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Society
D. Internet Society IETF Fellowship Programme
E. Resources


A. Open Internet Standards

The Internet is fundamentally based on the existence of open, non-proprietary standards. These standards are key to allowing devices, services, and applications to work together across a wide and dispersed network of networks. Some of the core groups behind standards development are the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). These organizations support transparency, and rely on a bottom-up consensus-building process to develop standards. For more information visit

B. OpenStand Initiative

OpenStand is a movement dedicated to promoting a jointly developed and proven set of principles that establish The Modern Paradigm for Standards. OpenStand principles have been formally endorsed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Society and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), who recently signed a joint agreementto affirm and adhere to these principles.

The OpenStand principles are based on the effective and efficient standardisation processes that have made the Internet the premiere platforms for innovation and borderless commerce. These principles stress voluntary adoption and empower the economies of global markets — fueled by technological innovation — to drive global standards deployment, regardless of a standard’s formal status within the traditional bodies of national representation. The result is the Modern Paradigm for Standards.

OpenStand principles and standards are a proven success. The combination of IEEE standards for physical Internet connectivity, IETF standards for end-to-end global Internet interoperability and W3C standards for the World Wide Web developed the foundation for the Internet which supports a voluntary approach to standards adoption.

This approach resulted in the advancement of cutting-edge technology based on merit, empowering the rapid, economical implementation of high-value, high-demand products and services. The application of open principles resulted in more widespread acceptance of new standards within the global marketplace and drove the rapid development of the Internet and World Wide Web. The results were unprecedented, fueling an economic and social transformation, and touching billions of lives.

Collectively, these standards have changed the world, surpassing anything that has ever been achieved through any other standards development model. For more information visit

C. The Internet Enginnering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Society

In 1992, the Internet Activities Board was re-organized and re-named the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) operating under the auspices of the Internet Society. A “peer” relationship was defined between the new IAB and the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), with the IETF and IESG taking a larger responsibility for the approval of standards. Ultimately, a cooperative and mutually supportive relationship was formed between the IAB, IETF, and Internet Society, with the Internet Society taking on as a goal of administrative support which would facilitate the work of the IETF.

Starting in spring 2005, the Internet Society also became home base for the IETF’s directly employed administrative staff. The staff initially includes only an Administrative Director (IAD) who works full-time overseeing IETF meeting planning, operational aspects of support services (the secretariat, from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the RFC Editor, and the budget. This role (IAD) also leads the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA), which takes care of tasks such as collecting meeting fees and paying invoices, and also supports the tools for the work of IETF working groups, the IESG, the IAB, and the IRTF.

The IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) consists of volunteers, all chosen directly or indirectly by the IETF community, as well as appropriate ex- officio members from the Internet Society and IETF leadership. The IASA and the IAD are directed by the IAOC. Neither the IAD nor the IAOC have any influence over IETF standards development. The value of IETF participation is exposure to current technologies, their evolution and how to prepare for the future through extensive network opportunities with experts in the field. For more information on the IETF and membership, visit, or If you are interested in participating in the IETF, read this.

D. Internet Society Fellowship to the IETF Programme

The Internet Society offers Fellowships to the IETF each year to enable individuals from emerging and developing economies to attend an IETF meeting. The Internet Society provides the selected Fellows with airfare, hotel, registration and a stipend for the duration of the IETF meeting, as well as providing first time Fellows with an experienced Mentor to help navigate their first experience at an IETF meeting. Information on the Fellowship Programme and the application process can be found at:

E. Resources

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Organising Chapter Events

When planning an event focused on this topic, your target audience should include participants from the following stakeholder groups:

  • Government officials and Business Associations
  • Information Systems Managers
  • Network Operators & ISPs
  • Network Hardware & Software Vendors
  • Academics
  • Technology Trade Press