Jon loved the outdoors

[frammenti per una definizione della Internet Society ISOC 23-5-2007 versione sommaria 0.5]


  • In general, an implementation should be conservative in its sending behavior, and liberal in its receiving behavior

The Internet Standards Process [rfc 1310] March 1992

  • The Internet Activities Board (IAB) is the primary coordinating committee for Internet design, engineering, and management.
  • The IAB has delegated to its Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) the primary responsibility for the development and review of potential Internet Standards from all sources.
  • The IETF forms Working Groups to pursue specific technical issues, frequently resulting in the development of one or more specifications that are proposed for adoption as Internet Standards.
  • Final decisions on Internet standardization are made by the IAB, based upon recommendations from the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), the leadership body of the IETF.
  • IETF Working Groups are organized into areas, and each area is coordinated by an Area Director. The Area Directors and the IETF Chairman are included in the IESG.
  • Any member of the Internet community with the time and interest is urged to attend IETF meetings and to participate actively in one or more IETF Working Groups.
  • Participation is by individual technical contributors, rather than formal representatives of organizations.
  • The process works because the IETF Working Groups display a spirit of cooperation as well as a high degree of technical maturity; most IETF members agree that the greatest benefit for all members of the Internet community results from cooperative development of technically superior protocols and services.

The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 2 [rfc 1602] March 1994

  • Internet standardization is an organized activity of the Internet Society (ISOC).
  • The ISOC is a professional society that is concerned with the growth and evolution of the worldwide Internet, with the way in which the Internet is and can be used, and with the social, political, and technical issues that arise as a result.

The Tao of IETF [rfc 1718] November 1994

  • After the Internet Society (ISOC) was formed in January, 1992, the IAB proposed to ISOC that the IAB's activities should take place under the auspices of the Internet Society.
  • During INET92 in Kobe, Japan, the ISOC Trustees approved a new charter for the IAB to reflect the proposed relationship.

The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3 [rfc 2026] October 1996

  • The Internet Standards process is an activity of the Internet Society that is organized and managed on behalf of the Internet community by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).

I Remember IANA [rfc 2468] October 17, 1998

  • Jon was a founding member of the Internet Architecture Board and served continuously from its founding to the present. He was the FIRST individual member of the Internet Society
  • [] Jon loved the outdoors.

The Internet is for Everyone [rfc 3271] April 2002

  • The Internet is for everyone
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  • I hope Internauts everywhere will join with the Internet Society and like-minded organizations to achieve this, easily stated but hard to attain goal.
  • As we pass the milestone of the beginning of the third millennium, what better theme could we possibly ask for than making the Internet the medium of this new millennium?
  • Internet IS for everyone - but it won't be unless WE make it so.

A Brief History of the Internet

  • The growth in the commercial sector brought with it increased concern regarding the standards process itself.
  • Starting in the early 1980's and continuing to this day, the Internet grew beyond its primarily research roots to include both a broad user community and increased commercial activity. Increased attention was paid to making the process open and fair.
  • This coupled with a recognized need for community support of the Internet eventually led to the formation of the Internet Society in 1991, under the auspices of Kahn's Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) and the leadership of Cerf, then with CNRI.
  • In 1992, yet another reorganization took place. In 1992, the Internet Activities Board was re-organized and re-named the Internet Architecture Board operating under the auspices of the Internet Society.
  • A more "peer" relationship was defined between the new IAB and IESG, with the IETF and IESG taking a larger responsibility for the approval of standards.
  • Ultimately, a cooperative and mutually supportive relationship was formed between the IAB, IETF, and Internet Society, with the Internet Society taking on as a goal the provision of service and other measures which would facilitate the work of the IETF.

IETF and ISOC A bit of history

  • In contemplation of the need for a mechanism for aggregating funding from many sources, it was proposed to form an Internet Society and to use its resources, in part, to provide funds in support of IETF.
  • The plan was for the Society to engage in a variety of activities including conferences, workshops, and raise funds from industry and other institutional sources. It does so on an international basis, and acts as a neutral and internationally recognized body, devoted to the support of Internet administrative infrastructure, including, for example, IAB, IETF, IRTF and IANA. Ideas for the formation of this organization were discussed in IAB and IETF meetings early in 1991 and plans were announced at the INET Conference in June 1991 in Copenhagen.
  • The Internet Society was officially formed in January 1992. In June, 1992, at the annual meeting of the Internet Society, INET'92, in Kobe, Japan, the Internet Activities Board proposed to associate its activities with ISOC and was renamed the Internet Architecture Board.
  • Historically, the IETF and its sister organization, the Internet Research Task Force, had been considered two arms of the IAB.