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Q7: ISOC and the IETF

Financial and administrative support of Internet Standardization through the IETF has been an important part of ISOC’s mission since it was founded. In the past few years, the IETF has reorganized its support services, routing money through the IETF’s Administrative Support Activity (IASA) housed within ISOC and having all of its services contracted through IASA and under the oversight of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and with “corporate” support from ISOC.

In addition, ISOC has also recently funded programs in developing countries to increase awareness of and access to the IETF’s activities. The IETF also indirectly supports ISOC educational and policy efforts through its RFCs, such as RFCs 1984 and 2804 and by writing technical briefings.

What changes would you like to see in the way ISOC supports the IETF, and the support the IETF offers to ISOC? Are there other services which ISOC should offer to the IETF? What should ISOC’s relationship be with other standards development organizations like the W3C? What, in your opinion, is the best way for ISOC to promote open Internet Standardization?

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3 Responses to “Q7: ISOC and the IETF”

  1. Comment by: Daniel Karrenberg   
    March 20th, 2008 at 4:00 am

    ISOC is not involved in the work of the IETF. The IETF runs itself
    using its own structure and processes. ISOC is involved in supporting
    the work of the IETF throgh the IASA and things like the IETF journal.

    The IAOC is doing a great job, the IASA is up to speed. The support machine is well oiled. The IETF journal is well established. The RFC
    editor no longer is a bottleneck. So ISOC support of the IETF is where it should be.

    The challenge ahead is to ensure that the IETF support remains funded
    sufficiently. I have some concerns about the heavy dependence on income from pysical meetings. The IAOC should be encouraged to think about reducing that dependence and ISOC should help.

    The best way to promote open Internet standardisation is to produce
    good Internet standards. We need to do little more than making some
    noise about it outside our circles. The IETF journal should do that.

  2. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 24th, 2008 at 1:22 am

    If the IETF leadership and grassroots find ISOC’s support adequate, it is hard to argue for more intervention.

    The funding for the IETF may become a more vexing question in 2008-2009 if the US economy does enter into a deep, long slump, as discussed in the IETF 71, and drags others into it. “Diversification of funding sources” is a good mantra but hard to follow without some specifics of where that funding will come from, and instead of what other purpose the money will be spent.

    The IETF Journal has to grow, probably with better differentiation of its “journal” and its “magazine” aspects, and certainly has to achieve a very broad readership. ISOC can contribute to enliven discussions about specific articles in the Chapters and members’ lists, and in a more-viral distribution.

    The IETF-related mission of ISOC, which is a keystone of the organization, should not make ISOC ignore that many of the Society’s members interests, the questions they are asked and expect ISOC to support in ansewering, etc. lie far away from the IETF. Reconciling these necessities as complementary instead of opposite continues to be vital.

  3. Comment by: Laina   
    March 26th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I agree with Daniel that relying on income from IETF physical meetings as its primary source of funding, is not sustainable. IETF serves a very fundamental service to the Internet community, and ISOC should increase its funding to ensure its success. As IP becomes the core of the next generation networks, IETF activities will becomes even more crucial to the scalability and success of the Internet.

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