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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

The Internet Society’s Hot Topics at IETF 103
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Open Internet Standards 2 November 2018

The Internet Society’s Hot Topics at IETF 103

The 103rd meeting of the IETF starts tomorrow in Bangkok which is the first time that an IETF meeting...

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!
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Open Internet Standards 14 September 2018

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is pleased to announce the results of our 2018 grant cycle. A total...

IETF 102, Day 5: Au revoir Montréal
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Open Internet Standards 20 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 5: Au revoir Montréal

There’s just the couple of sessions to highlight on the last day of IETF 102 before we wrap up for the week....

IETF 102, Day 4: DNS, IoT & TLS
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Open Internet Standards 19 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 4: DNS, IoT & TLS

This week is IETF 102 in Montreal, Canada, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest...

IETF 102, Day 3: DNSSEC, DPRIVE & IoT
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Open Internet Standards 18 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 3: DNSSEC, DPRIVE & IoT

This week is IETF 102 in Montreal, Canada, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest...

IETF 102, Day 2: Trust in the IETF
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Open Internet Standards 17 July 2018

IETF 102, Day 2: Trust in the IETF

This week is IETF 102 in Montreal, Canada, and we’re bringing you daily blog posts highlighting the topics of interest...

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