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.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet.
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).
The work of the IETF is undertaken and supported by a wide variety of groups with differing structures, goals, and responsibilities.
Participation in the IETF is open to individuals willing to contribute technical expertise to help make the Internet work better.
This page provides information about terms commonly used in the IETF.
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.
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 sponsors help ensure there is always a neutral venue for advancing the technical foundation for the global Internet today and in the future.
The IETF Endowment sustains the mission of the IETF for the long-term as it fosters and produces technical standards that improve how the global Internet is developed, used, and managed.
Support for the IETF keeps the Internet’s technical foundation open supporting permissionless innovation.