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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 Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an organized activity of the Internet Society. We work to facilitate the smooth operation of and growing participation in Internet standards through the IETF. We organize briefing panels at IETF meetings, and publish the IETF Journal three times a year in advance of each IETF meeting.

How to take part:
You can also have your say in the development of Internet Standards by joining 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 Highlights the Best in Internet Security Research
Open Internet Standards 7 August 2017

NDSS Highlights the Best in Internet Security Research

The nonstop news about Internet security vulnerabilities and incidents could lead one to despair for the future of the...

Rough Guide to IETF 99: A Sampling of Encryption-Related Activities
Open Internet Standards 17 July 2017

Rough Guide to IETF 99: A Sampling of Encryption-Related Activities

Encryption is once again a hot topic, and there’s much to discuss at IETF 99 this week in Prague....

Rough Guide to IETF 99: IPv6
Open Internet Standards 13 July 2017

Rough Guide to IETF 99: IPv6

In this post for the Internet Society Rough Guide to IETF 99, I’m reviewing what’ll be happening at IETF...

ISOC Rough Guide to IETF 99: Internet Infrastructure Resilience
Open Internet Standards 10 July 2017

ISOC Rough Guide to IETF 99: Internet Infrastructure Resilience

IETF 99 is next week in Prague, and I’d like to take a moment to discuss some of the...

IETF Journal July 2017 Issue Available Online Now
Open Internet Standards 7 July 2017

IETF Journal July 2017 Issue Available Online Now

The July 2017 issue of the IETF Journal is now online at http://www.ietfjournal.org/journal-issues/july-2017/. With IETF 99 in Prague just...

Rough Guide to IETF 99: Scalability & Performance
Open Internet Standards 7 July 2017

Rough Guide to IETF 99: Scalability & Performance

In this post I’ll highlight some of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)...

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