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About the IETF

  • Introduction to the IETF

    The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), founded in 1986, is the premier standards development organization (SDO) for the Internet.

  • Groups

    The work of the IETF is undertaken and supported by a wide variety of groups with differing structures, goals, and responsibilities.

  • Open records

    Public archives of most of the contributions, submissions, statements and communications that we receive.

  • Administration

    The IETF Administration LLC (IETF LLC) provides the corporate legal home for the IETF, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).

  • Participate in the IETF

    Participation in the IETF is open to individuals willing to contribute technical expertise to help make the Internet work better.

  • Note Well

    The Note Well describes IPR and other policies related to submissions by a Contributor for publication as all or part of an IETF Internet-Draft or RFC and any statement made within the context of an IETF activity.

  • Liaisons

    The IETF has a limited number of liaison relationships with other organizations. Liaisons are appointed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) when the IAB feels that conditions warrant appointing a specific person to such a task.

  • IETF Financial Supporters

    IETF donors help ensure there is always a neutral venue for advancing the technical foundation for the global Internet today and in the future.