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What is the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)?

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large, international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of internet architecture and smooth operations of the internet. The mission of the IETF is to "make the internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet." It is open to any interested individual.

The IETF follows the principles of:

  • Open process
  • Technical competence
  • Volunteer core
  • Rough consensus and running code
  • Protocol ownership