Fragments - The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 9, Number 1

IETF @ 20

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IETF, the world’s leading Internet standards development body. The IETF is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. Its principal task today is the development and publication of technical specifications and standards for basic Internet protocols. It is open to any interested individual.

The first IETF meeting was held on the afternoon of January 16, 1986, in San Diego, California. As a community-driven activity the IETF went on to pioneer a unique, open process for standards development. Open to all, and based on principles such as â€Å“rough consensus and running code,â€ï¿½ the IETF has enabled the development of standards that have supported every aspect of the Internet’s phenomenal growth.

â€Å“The IETF is unique,â€ï¿½ said Brian Carpenter, IETF Chair. â€Å“Unlike other standards bodies, there is very little in the way of formal hierarchy and there are no membership requirements or fees. The IETF welcomes broad participation by anyone interested in the future technical evolution and stability of the Internet—and IETF standards are available to all, without charge.â€ï¿½

â€Å“There is global recognition of the achievements of the IETF in its support of the development of Internet technology. As the demands on the Internet increase, the IETF clearly has a vital role to play in ensuring that Internet technologies continue to evolve in a coherent and coordinated manner,â€ï¿½ said Leslie Daigle, chair of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) which provides architectural oversight of IETF activities.â€ï¿½

â€Å“The success of the IETF has largely been due to a pragmatic, consensusbased approach to technology standards development,â€ï¿½ noted Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of ISOC. â€Å“Many of the principles of cooperation and collaboration that were developed in the IETF are now being successfully applied in other global forums. ISOC is proud to be associated with the IETF—we value its members’ accomplishments over the last 20 years and look forward to celebrating these achievements over the course of 2006.â€ï¿½

ISOC has declared 2006 â€Å“The Year of the IETFâ€ï¿½ and will be running several activities during the year in celebration of the IETF’s 20th anniversary. For more information, see:

The Internet Society is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington, DC, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. ISOC is the organizational home of the IETF and other Internet-related bodies who together play a critical role in ensuring that the Internet develops in a stable and open manner. For over 13 years ISOC has run international network training programs for developing countries and these have played a vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in virtually every country connecting to the Internet during this time.

ISOC Welcomes WSIS Proposal

Delegates meeting at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis have affirmed their commitment to build on the governance mechanisms that have enabled the Internet’s incredibly successful growth.

ISOC welcomes the recognition by WSIS of how the effectiveness of the existing arrangements for Internet governance has helped make the Internet the highly robust, dynamic and geographically diverse medium that it is today.

â€Å“We are delighted that there is now much broader recognition of the achievements of the organisations that support the Internet community,â€ï¿½ said Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the ISOC. â€Å“These organizations, along with their open, consensus-based processes clearly have a vital role to play in the further development of the Internet. It is also significant that the WSIS debate has moved beyond the details of technical administration and on to broader issues that require increased coordination by stakeholders in order to ensure the continued stability of the Internet.â€ï¿½

The WSIS recommendation includes a proposal for a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—the Internet Governance Forum. ISOC, together with partner organizations from the Internet community, has always worked to encourage full engagement in such dialogues by all those with an interest in the Internet’s future. ISOC believes that the forum’s success depends upon the fullest participation by all stakeholders. At the same time, ISOC is pleased to note that the proposed forum would have no oversight function and would have no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the Internet.

â€Å“ISOC will facilitate increased cooperation and information sharing amongst all parties interested in Internet governance and we look forward to playing an active role in the new forum as is expected of us by the global community,â€ï¿½ said Lynn St. Amour. â€Å“We very much hope that the Tunis summit will lead to some real and positive outcomes that will help bring the benefits of the Internet to people everywhere—especially to those who are yet to be connected.â€ï¿½

ISOC, along with some of its partner organisations—the Number Resource Organisation (NRO), the IETF, London Internet Exchange (LINX), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Council of European National Top level domain Registries (CENTR)—were present at the ICT 4 All exhibition held in conjunction with WSIS.

For more information about the organizations listed above visit:

Upcoming Events

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will meet in Montreal, Canada, July 9–14, 2006. For more information, visit:

ACM’s SIGCOMM 2006 will be held in Pisa, Italy, September 11–15, 2006. For more information, visit:

The North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) will meet in St. Louis, MO October 8–10, 2006. For more information, see:

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will meet (jointly with NANOG) in St. Louis, October 11–13, 2006. For more information, see:

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The Internet Protocol Journal

Ole J. Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher

Editorial Advisory Board

Dr. Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist
Google Inc, USA

Dr. Jon Crowcroft, Marconi Professor of Communications Systems
University of Cambridge, England

David Farber
Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Peter Löthberg, Network Architect
Stupi AB, Sweden

Dr. Jun Murai, Professor, WIDE Project
Keio University, Japan

Dr. Deepinder Sidhu, Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Director, Maryland Center for Telecommunications Research, USA

Pindar Wong, Chairman and President
VeriFi Limited, Hong Kong

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