IETF-ISOC relationship (RFC2031)
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This memo summarises the issues on IETF - ISOC relationships as the have been discussed by the Poised Working Group. The purpose of the document is to gauge consensus on these issues. And to allow further discussions where necessary.
Network Working Group E. Huizer
Request for Comments: 2031 SURFnet ExpertiseCentrum bv
Category: Informational October 1996
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This memo summarises the issues on IETF - ISOC relationships as the
have been discussed by the Poised Working Group. The purpose of the
document is to gauge consensus on these issues. And to allow further
discussions where necessary.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the body that is
responsible for the development and maintenance of the Internet
Standards. Traditionally the IETF is a volunteer organization. The
driving force is dedicated high quality engineers from all over the
world. In a structure of working groups these engineers exchange
ideas and experience, and through discussion (both by e-mail and face
to face) they strive to get rough consensus. The engineers then work
on building running code to put the consensus to the test and evolve
it into an Internet Standard.
The growth of the Internet has also led to a growth of the IETF. More
and more people, organizations and companies rely on Internet
Standards. The growth of responsibility as well as amount of
participants has forced the IETF to more and more structure its
processes. Non technical issues, such as legal issues, liaison issues
etc., have become an undesirable but a seemingly unavoidable part of
the IETF organization. To address these issues the IETF established
the Poised95 working group. The working group is now trying to
structure and document the IETF processes in such a way as to keep
the maximum flexibility and freedom for the engineers in the IETF to
work in the way the IETF has always been most successful, and to
honour the IETF credo: "Rough consensus and running code".
One of the more obvious recommendations that came out of the Poised
WG was to move all non technical issues that can be moved safely, to
another related organization. The Poised WG finds that the Internet
Society (ISOC) is the obvious choice for this task. A straw poll at
the open plenary session of the IETF in december 1995 in Dallas
clearly confirmed this notion.
However, since this is an issue that is crucial to the functioning of
the IETF as a whole it is necessary to get a broad (rather than a
rough) consensus on this issue. At the same time it is necessary to
clearly indicate the extend of the relationship between the IETF and
ISOC. So both the IETF participants and the ISOC board of trustees
get a clear picture on the division of responsibilities.
The details of the Poised WG recommendations on the IETF - ISOC
relationships can be found in the appro...