This session discusses the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and how open standards created with the help of multiple types of stakeholders can help drive economic growth and other benefits for the world. The principles for openness, broad participation, and focus on enabling global connectivity and competition are not just useful for the IETF, but models that can be more broadly applied in standards and governance organisations.
The IETF is focused on the core technologies of the Internet, such as IP, DNS, TCP, HTTP, e-mail and others. The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet. People from over sixty different countries and from vendors to open source communities, academics and operators participate in the work.
The purpose of the session is provide information to the IGF participants about the IETF is and how it interacts with the rest of the world. The session covers some examples of ongoing IETF work, discusses the ways of working at the IETF, and highlights some of the challenges and opportunites that the organisation and the Internet itself have. The session will also discuss how the IETF interacts with the rest of the Internet community, for instance through our technical work or relationships to Internet address registries, IANA, and ICANN.
As the Internet technology has moved to new areas, the IETF has also found a need to engage new types of participants. As an example, some recent IETF work on emergency communications, web-based real-time communication, or frequency whitespace management has some significance not only for the traditional IETF participants (engineers) but also for regulators. The session will discuss how to best reach some of these new participants.