Open Standards Everywhere

In 2020, we saw the world change in ways that no one could have anticipated. Because of this, like so many other organizations, the Internet Society had to assess its current and future plans and evaluate the resources available. As a result, some changes have been made to our activities for the upcoming year. Moving into 2021, we will no longer focus on Open Standards Everywhere (OSE) as a standalone project. We still deeply believe that open Internet standards standards are the cornerstone of the Internet’s success and are the building blocks that enable interoperability, compatibility and consistency around the world. So we will continue to promote and defend this concept through our other projects, initiatives and activities. The OSE documentation for web servers will remain available and will continue to be updated.

For the Internet to remain open, globally-connected, trustworthy, and secure, we believe that the networks and servers that make up the Internet need to be based on the latest and most secure standards being developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). A new focus for the Internet Society in 2020, the main goal of our OSE work was to help people operating different kinds of servers to see the value in using the latest open Internet standards and also understand how to deploy those standards in their own environments with the overall aim of building a bigger, stronger and more secure Internet.

Making Web Servers Faster and More Secure 

Our OSE work has been focused on web servers. Many web server administrators might want to support the latest open standards and protocols, but they don’t know how, and don’t necessarily have the time to figure it out. Website administrators may not be aware of the latest open standards, or may not know these standards could help improve security, speed and availability. 

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Our Work in 2020

Throughout 2020, we promoted best practices to encourage server operators to deploy the latest open standards and provided training and documentation to help everyone, everywhere take action. And we: 

  • Informed: We kept our communities updated on the latest open Internet standards developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and highlighted why they matter.
  • Educated: We provided training to over 70 Internet Society Chapter representatives in three different languages to support web server and website administrators with the deployment of the latest open standards. Those using hosting services and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) were equipped with the knowledge to ask their providers to make these improvements where possible.
  • Collaborated: With the community’s input, we created crowd-sourced, step-by-step documentation that anyone can easily understand, showing exactly what has to be done to increase web server security. 
  • Led by Example: Security is only possible if everyone does their part. We used Internet.nl’s standards checker to see how well Internet Society-operated websites conformed to the latest open standards and then worked to make all our sites compliant. 

Looking Ahead

As we move towards the end of the year, we will continue working to update and expand documentation and training materials. They will remain available to everyone to use and contribute to as we head into 2021 and will be periodically updated to reflect the latest standards. We will continue to lead by example and our efforts to make our websites standards compliant are ongoing as we strive to reach 100% compliancy for all 30 of our websites.

The Internet is based on open Internet standards and they are the foundations that allow devices, services, and applications to work together across the world. They foster permission-less innovation, enabling anyone, anywhere to set up new online services and make them available on the Internet without needing permission from anyone to do so. While OSE will no longer be standalone project next year, we will continue to promote the use of open Internet standards across all of our work in 2021.

Open Standards Everywhere News

Internet Society Extends Its Significant Financial Support Commitment to the IETF
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In the News 2 December 2020

Internet Society Extends Its Significant Financial Support Commitment to the IETF

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The Internet Society and IETF announce new strategic agreement on Open Standards work
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In the News 30 November 2020

The Internet Society and IETF announce new strategic agreement on Open Standards work

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The Internet Society And IETF Announce New Strategic Agreement to Support Ongoing Work On Open Standards
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In the News 30 November 2020

The Internet Society And IETF Announce New Strategic Agreement to Support Ongoing Work On Open Standards

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The Internet Society and IETF Announce New Strategic Agreement to Support Ongoing Work on Open Standards
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In the News 30 November 2020

The Internet Society and IETF Announce New Strategic Agreement to Support Ongoing Work on Open Standards

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Open Standards Everywhere 5 November 2020

Changes to Our Work in 2021

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