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? ISOC has recently made a donation to the W3 for the purpose of advancing the evolution of W3C as an organization. Do you see a potential for an enhanced collaboration between theIETF and the W3C ?
What, in your opinion, is the best way for ISOC to promote open Internet Standardization?
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