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Open Internet Standards

The Internet is fundamentally based on the existence of open, non-proprietary standards. They are key to allowing devices, services, and applications to work together across a wide and dispersed network of networks.

You can trace the origins of standards back to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The resulting protocols spawned the invention and development of a wealth new applications and protocols.

Some of the core groups behind the development of the standards are:

These organizations are all open, transparent, and rely on a bottom-up consensus-building process to develop standards. They help make sure open standards have freely accessible specifications, are unencumbered, have open development and are continuously evolving.

The IETF also makes sure these standards are available online at no charge, thus facilitating adoption of them.

Our Work
The Internet Society is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). We work to facilitate the smooth operation of and growing participation in Internet standards through the IETF. We also publish the IETF Journal three times a year in advance of each IETF meeting.

Read more about the IETF and our related work.

How to take part:
You can also have your say in the development of Internet Standards by participating in the IETF. Its activities are open to anyone around the world. While the IETF conducts all of its official business online, there are three meetings per year you can join in person or virtually.

Open Internet Standards News

NDSS 2018: Automating the Process of Vulnerability Discovery
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Open Internet Standards 20 February 2018

NDSS 2018: Automating the Process of Vulnerability Discovery

NDSS 2018 is in full swing in San Diego this week and a couple of papers that really grabbed...

Busy Week for MANRS, Routing Security, and More at APRICOT 2018
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Open Internet Standards 20 February 2018

Busy Week for MANRS, Routing Security, and More at APRICOT 2018

APRICOT 2018 is underway in in Kathmandu, Nepal, and as usual the Internet Society is an active participant in...

Starting Today: NDSS Highlights the Best in Internet Security Research
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Open Internet Standards 18 February 2018

Starting Today: NDSS Highlights the Best in Internet Security Research

You’ve undoubtedly heard about all sorts of Internet security vulnerabilities and incidents causing harm around the world, but the...

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of NDSS
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Open Internet Standards 16 February 2018

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of NDSS

This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). NDSS is...

Another BGP Routing Incident Highlights an Internet Without Checkpoints
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Open Internet Standards 13 December 2017

Another BGP Routing Incident Highlights an Internet Without Checkpoints

Yesterday, there were two BGP routing incidents in which several high-profile sites (Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitch, NTT Communications...

Reflections from the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
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Open Internet Standards 13 December 2017

Reflections from the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Two weeks ago, a small delegation from the Internet Society was in Delhi for a series of meetings. (See...

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