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How do you make your web server as secure as possible – while using the latest open security standards? How do you ensure your web site is available to everyone  across all the global network of networks that is the Internet?

For the Internet to remain open, globally-connected, trustworthy, and secure, we believe the networks and servers that make up the Internet need to be based on the latest and most secure standards coming out of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Many web server administrators may want to support the latest standards and protocols, but they don’t know how, and don’t necessarily have the time to figure it out. Web site administrators may not be aware of the latest open standards, or may not know why they should support these standards.

As part of our Action Plan 2020, this Open Standards Everywhere will be our way to help people operating different kinds of servers to both see the value in new open Internet standards and also understand how to deploy those standards.

In 2020, the project focus is on the security and availability of web servers. In 2021 and future years, we intend to expand the project to support other critical servers such as email servers, network time servers, DNS servers, and communications / messaging servers. Largely we will be watching the work of the IETF and seeing what new protocols come out that we can help promote to build a bigger, stronger Internet.

Please join us in deploying open standards and helping build a bigger, stronger Internet!


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Engage with the OSE Project on GitHub

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Help develop the documentation for the Open Standards Everywhere project on GitHub.

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Test Your Website for Open Standards Usage

Test Your Website for Open Standards Usage

Test your own web servers to see if they are using the latest open standards for security and availability.

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Our Work in 2020

During 2020, this project will:

  • Build four reference servers – Using apache and nginx, with and without a CDN, and using Let’s Encrypt for TLS certificates, we will show how a server can be configured that uses the latest open standards and protocols.
  • Create step-by-step documentation – We will document exactly what has to be done, and make that available to everyone. Anyone can easily understand what they need to do for many sites. The documentation will be available as text and video tutorials – and could take other forms.  We’ll also share information that helps explain why supporting these standards is important, including information to help you make the business case to others within your organization. As we do for other content, we’ll be publishing this documentation in English, French, and Spanish.
  • Promote these resources and servers – Once the materials are online, we’ll promote the resources and work with people across the Internet to help increase the security of web servers. We’ll write articles, hold webinars, speak at events, and much more.
  • Lead by example – While we are developing these resources, we’ll also be working to bring all of our corporate web servers into full support for these standards. We plan to reach out to our Chapters and Special Interest Groups to see how we can help them with their websites, too.

By the end of 2020, our goal is to see an increase in security and availability of web servers across the Internet through the usage of TLS, DNSSEC, IPv6, and HTTP/2. 

We will also continue to monitor and evolve the project documentation around web servers. For example, as HTTP3/QUIC moves out into deployment, we will look to build that into this project.

Open Standards Everywhere News

Internet Society: Russia’s Proposal Would Weaken the Internet, Make It Less Secure
Statements 23 September 2020

Internet Society: Russia’s Proposal Would Weaken the Internet, Make It Less Secure

Media reports that proposed Russian legislation would ban certain kinds of encrypted Internet connections are part of a worrying...

Call for Participation – ICANN 69 DNSSEC and Security Workshop, October 2020
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In the News 25 August 2020

Call for Participation – ICANN 69 DNSSEC and Security Workshop, October 2020

CircleID
Internet Society: Blocking TLS 1.3 in China Makes the Internet Less Secure
Statements 14 August 2020

Internet Society: Blocking TLS 1.3 in China Makes the Internet Less Secure

We are concerned about recent media reports that the government of China is blocking certain kinds of encrypted web...

Speed Matters: How Businesses Can Improve User Experience Using Open Standards
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Open Standards Everywhere 13 August 2020

Speed Matters: How Businesses Can Improve User Experience Using Open Standards

A recent report – Milliseconds make Millions – commissioned by Google and published by Deloitte, has shown that mobile...

China Embraces Bigger Internet with Virtually Unlimited IP Addresses
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In the News 12 August 2020

China Embraces Bigger Internet with Virtually Unlimited IP Addresses

Voice of America
IPv6 Buzz Podcast Dives into Open Standards Everywhere
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Open Standards Everywhere 4 August 2020

IPv6 Buzz Podcast Dives into Open Standards Everywhere

What are the challenges with applications supporting IPv6? What do people, particularly those working in enterprises, need to know...

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Resources

  • Policy Brief: Adoption of IPv6

    The IPv6 protocol standard is critical for supporting the Internet’s continued development. Network operators, content providers, software and hardware...

  • IPv6 Security Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Executive Summary The Internet Society recognises that global deployment of the IPv6 protocol is paramount to accommodate the present...

  • State of IPv6 Deployment 2018

    IPv6 deployment continues to increase around the world. In the six years since World IPv6 Launch levels...

  • State of DNSSEC Deployment 2016

    This report provides a snapshot of the state of deployment of DNSSEC as of the end of 2016. Please download...

  • DNSSEC Fact Sheet

    Looking for a quick way to explain DNSSEC to people?  Would you like a DNSSEC handout you could print...