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The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the premier Internet standards body, developing open standards through open processes.

The 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 technical work of the IETF is done in Working Groups, which are organized by topic into several Areas. Much of the work is handled via mailing lists. The IETF holds meetings three times per year. 

The IETF standards-setting process is open to any individual interested in providing technical contributions.

Participants new to the IETF—even those with previous experience with Internet technologies or working in other standards-setting bodies—find it helpful to read Getting Started in the IETF and The Tao of the IETF.