Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Internet Engineering Taskforce 28 Tomorrow?

We have been using the Internet for ages since its advent to facilitate information and communication routes with one another. The advent of this new mailing list consensus did not only bridge the gap of distance but as well changed our habits and attitudes. Coming as good news for development and technology seekers, the swift swap in culture formatted some attitudes in job seekers who will do anything to hack and make preys of innocent buddies on this network which reduced the World to a global village. Experts brainstormed on ways to curb ills on this network and devised a strong mechanism to break away old bad habits in stray culprits waiting to make ignorant visitors victims at any given opportunity .
Stakeholders of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)  met for the first time on January 16, 1986 to develop and promote Internet Standards with no formal membership requirements. Cooperating closely with the W3C and ISO/IEC standards bodies and dealing in particular with standards of the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP), all participants and managers are volunteers, though their work is usually funded by their employers or sponsors.

The first IETF meeting was on January 16, 1986, consisting of 21 U.S.-government-funded researchers. It was a continuation of the work of the earlier GADS Task Force.
Initially, it met quarterly, but from 1991, it has been meeting 3 times a year. Representatives from non-governmental entities were invited starting with the fourth IETF meeting, during October of that year. Since that time all IETF meetings have been open to the public. The majority of the IETF's work is done on mailing lists, and meeting attendance is not required for contributors.
The initial meetings were very small, with fewer than 35 people in attendance at each of the first five meetings. The maximum attendance during the first 13 meetings was only 120 attendees. This occurred at the 12th meeting held during January 1989. These meetings have grown in both participation and scope a great deal since the early 1990s; it had a maximum attendance of 2,810 at the December 2000 IETF held in San Diego, CA. Attendance declined with industry restructuring during the early 2000s, and is currently around 1,200.
During the early 1990s the IETF changed institutional form from an activity of the U.S. government to an independent, international activity associated with the Internet Society.

There are statistics available that show who the top contributors have been, by RFC publication. While the IETF only allows for participation by individuals, and not by corporations or governments, sponsorship information is available from those same statistics.

The IETF is organized into a large number of working groups and informal discussion groups (BOF), each dealing with a specific topic. Each group is intended to complete work on that topic and then disband. Each working group has an appointed chairperson (or sometimes several co-chairs), along with a charter that describes its focus, and what and when it is expected to produce. It is open to all who want to participate, and holds discussions on an open mailing list or at IETF meetings, where the entry fee is currently (2013/10/24) USD $650 per person.[3] The mailing list consensus is the primary basis for decision making. There is no voting procedure, as it operates on rough consensus process.
The working groups are organized into areas by subject matter. Current areas include Applications, General, Internet, Operations and Management, Real-time Applications and Infrastructure, Routing, Security, and Transport.[4] Each area is overseen by an area director (AD), with most areas having two co-ADs. The ADs are responsible for appointing working group chairs. The area directors, together with the IETF Chair, form the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), which is responsible for the overall operation of the IETF. The groups will normally be closed down once the work described in its charter is finished. In some cases, the WG will instead have its charter updated to take on new tasks as appropriate.
The IETF is formally a part of the Internet Society. The IETF is overseen by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which oversees its external relationships, and relations with the RFC Editor.[5] The IAB is also jointly responsible for the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), which oversees the IETF Administrative Support Activity (IASA), which provides logistical, etc. support for the IETF. The IAB also manages the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), with which the IETF has a number of cross-group relations.
A committee of ten randomly chosen volunteers who participate regularly at meetings is vested with the power to appoint, reappoint, and remove members of the IESG, IAB, IASA, and the IAOC.[6] To date, no one has been removed by a NOMCOM (Nominating Commitee), although several people have resigned their positions, requiring replacements. More Details on

Beginning as a tool for a select group of engineers and scientists associated with academia or government and evolving rapidly into the World Wide Web open to anyone with a computer and a telephone connection, the Internet has transformed the way we conduct research, communicate, and make purchases ranging from groceries and airline tickets to the latest books and music or clothing and furniture. How we got from there to here on the information highway is the story of a host of individuals and breakthrough thinking. 
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