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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.

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

Hackathon@AIS: Summary report
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Open Internet Standards 15 June 2018

Hackathon@AIS: Summary report

The annual Hackathon@AIS, in its second year, is aimed at exposing engineers from the Africa region to open Internet...

Registration Open for Applied Networking Research Workshop: TLS, Routing, Privacy, and More
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Open Internet Standards 11 June 2018

Registration Open for Applied Networking Research Workshop: TLS, Routing, Privacy, and More

The third Applied Networking Research Workshop will take place on Monday, 16 July, during the IETF 102 meeting in...

Hackathon@AIS: Testimonies of the Fellows
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Open Internet Standards 8 June 2018

Hackathon@AIS: Testimonies of the Fellows

The Hackathon@AIS is a yearly event, in its second year, aimed at exposing engineers from the Africa region to...

Encryption Isn’t Perfect, That’s Why Choices Are Important
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Open Internet Standards 15 May 2018

Encryption Isn’t Perfect, That’s Why Choices Are Important

Encryption is a critical building block for online trust, but it’s never perfect. Any encryption you use is the...

Hackathon at Africa Internet Summit Focuses on Time, Vehicular Communications, and Network Programmability
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Open Internet Standards 3 May 2018

Hackathon at Africa Internet Summit Focuses on Time, Vehicular Communications, and Network Programmability

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Hackathon@AIS will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 9-10 May, alongside the...

New RFC 8360 – RPKI Validation Reconsidered – Offers Alternative Validation Procedures to Improve Routing Security
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Open Internet Standards 6 April 2018

New RFC 8360 – RPKI Validation Reconsidered – Offers Alternative Validation Procedures to Improve Routing Security

RFC 8360, Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) Validation Reconsidered, is now published in the RFC libraries. What is RPKI?...

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