Name:Internet Engineering Task Force
The Internet Engineering Task Force (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. It is
open to any interested individual. The IETF Mission Statement is documented in RFC 3935. The actual technical work of the
IETF is done in its working groups, which are organized by topic into several areas (e.g., routing, transport, security, etc.).
Much of the work is handled via mailing lists. The IETF holds meetings three times per year. The IETF working groups are grouped
into areas, and managed by Area Directors, or ADs. The ADs are members of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).
Providing architectural oversight is the Internet Architecture Board, (IAB). The IAB also adjudicates appeals when someone
complains that the IESG has failed. The IAB and IESG are chartered by the Internet Society (ISOC) for these purposes. The
General Area Director also serves as the chair of the IESG and of the IETF, and is an ex-officio member of the IAB. The Internet
Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is the central coordinator for the assignment of unique parameter values for Internet protocols.
The IANA is chartered by the Internet Society (ISOC) to act as the clearinghouse to assign and coordinate the use of numerous
Internet protocol parameters. First-time attendees might find it helpful to read The Tao of the IETF, also available as RFC
4677. First-time attendees may also want to visit the Education (EDU) Team Web site where information and presentations on
IETF roles and processes are available.
- Internet Society: ISOC is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, and policy.
It is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the
world. See: www.internetsociety.org
- Network Designers
- Network Operators
- Network Vendors
- Network Researchers
- Internet Architecture Board, (IAB)
- Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)