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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

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...

Reflections on a Global and Cyber heavy week at GCCS and GFCE
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Open Internet Standards 12 December 2017

Reflections on a Global and Cyber heavy week at GCCS and GFCE

Two weeks ago, a small Internet Society delegation was in Delhi to participate in a number of events that...

MANRS, Routing Security, and the Brazilian ISP Community
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Open Internet Standards 11 December 2017

MANRS, Routing Security, and the Brazilian ISP Community

Last week, I presented MANRS to the IX.BR community. My presentation was part of a bigger theme – the...

One Week to IPv6, Routing Security, and More at ION Belgrade
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Open Internet Standards 16 November 2017

One Week to IPv6, Routing Security, and More at ION Belgrade

One week from today, we’ll be at ION Belgrade! Our last event of the year take place on Thursday,...

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