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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: Franck   
    March 25th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I think the IETF has a management model, that ISOC should not tinker with. True, ISOC has responsibility but I consider it more as a stop gap, as the ultimate legal responsibility lies with ISOC board.

    Basically, let IETF runs IETF.

    However the area of promotion of the work of IETF falls nicely within ISOC. It is important to keep the IETF focused on making RFCs. What ISOC is doing with the IETF journal is awesome, what ISOC is doing in bringing new IETF participants (mainly from developing countries) is awesome.

    What is lacking is that the world and even the technical people do not know how the water flows from the tap. This is the exact area where ISOC can intervene.

    For instance, I don’t think the BBC programme click-online ever featured the IETF. I’m hopeful that with the new communication department in ISOC these issues can be tackled. And I’ll continue to push and encourage ISOC in this domain.

  2. Comment by: Guanghao Li   
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    As the most important entity that builds Internet technical standards, IETF is virtual unknown by workers in the Internet field in many countries, especially developing countries. And this maybe due to the insufficient promotion that IETF received in those countries. I think ISOC can certainly utilize its local members and chapters to give IETF such a help. And along the side when promoting IETF, people will know more about ISOC.
    To many users, the Web is the Internet, and I don’t think it’s necessary to make all users distinguish that. Rather than talking about the relation between ISOC and W3C, I suggest we consider more about the relation between IETF and W3C. It’s possible for IETF and W3C to holding more join events to promote the open Internet Standardization.

  3. Comment by: Khaled Koubaa   
    April 13th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I think that ISOC should do more and more outreach and communication work to promote the work of the IETF. It is time that everyone understand the importance of the IETF work in making the Internet stable and available for the humanity. Organizations such IETF and W3C are pillars of the Open Internet Standards, and more collaboration and join work is welcome specially at policy level.
    I tried several times to bring an IETF meeting to our country, Tunisia. I think that it is important that the IETF should go to the world and let the millions of engineers in the developing countries be involved in its important work.

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