ARCHIVED: What is the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)?

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The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an international organization dedicated to the development of the Internet through technical recommendations and specifications. It is not responsible for the establishment of standards, but is the principal body for the development of specifications, many of which are adopted as standards. Perhaps the most visible function of the IETF is its development of RFCs (Request For Comments), documents that cover Internet information and specifications. Its membership is fluid and voluntary, composed mainly of individuals subscribed to the mailing lists of the various IETF working groups. The IETF as a whole meets three times a year, with the individual working groups meeting independently. For more information about the IETF, visit:

Of particular interest is the document The Tao of IETF, a guide for new IETF members:

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