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Internet Society and IETF. Dawit Bekele, Manager African Regional Bureau Internet Society (ISOC) For AfTLD 2 nd ccTLD African event April 2008. What is ISOC?. Mission "To assure the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.”

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Internet society and ietf

Internet Society and IETF

Dawit Bekele, Manager

African Regional Bureau

Internet Society (ISOC)


AfTLD 2nd ccTLD African event

April 2008

What is isoc
What is ISOC?

  • Mission

    • "To assure the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.”

  • Not-for-profit charitable organization

    • Global, but with a local perspective

      • 84+ ISOC Chapters worldwide

      • 26,000+ Individual members, 150 Organisational members

Isoc chapters
ISOC Chapters

  • Mostly volunteer entities supporting ISOC’s Mission & Principles

    • Vital to ISOC’s “global” reach

    • Important component of ISOC’s Strategic Operating Plan

  • Serve interests of local community

    • Organise activities/events/education locally

    • Provide services in local language

    • Amplify ISOC efforts locally/regionally

  • Provide local perspective back to ISOC

What makes the internet society unique
What Makes the Internet Society Unique?

  • Sole focus is the Internet

    • Education, Standards, Policy

  • Organisational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

  • Enable capacity and technical community building throughout the world

  • Key player in Internet policy

    • Particularly in the Internet Governance Forum

What does isoc do
What does ISOC do?

Promoting governmental policies that support Internet growth

Enabling technical capacity building and community development throughout the world

Organisational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

Isoc s initiatives
ISOC’s Initiatives

  • Enabling access

    • Policy, regulation and access

      • Develop access priorities

      • Provide pertinent information on access issues

      • Encourage adoption of Internet friendly public policies

      • Promote ISOC values to policy makers (IGF Ambassadors)

    • Technical capacity building

      • Train 850 network operators within a year

      • Identify new needs for technical education

      • Conduct and improve ISOC Fellowship to IETF

    • Underserved communities

      • Disabilities access

      • Remote areas

      • Multilingualism

Isoc s initiatives1
ISOC’s Initiatives …

  • Internetworks Initiative

    • Common and Open Internet Program

      • Identify limiters to the common and open Internet

      • Protect the end-to-end nature of the Internet

    • Global addressing program

      • Issues in deploying IPv6

      • Support development and deployment of key technologies for ensuring a stable and securing Internet

Isoc s initiatives2
ISOC’s Initiatives …

  • Trust and Identity

    • Baseline studies

    • Leveraging stakeholder relationships

    • Tools, case studies and test implementations

Activities in africa
Activities in Africa

  • Support for

    • AfNOG workshops

    • ccTLD workskhops

      • Advanced workshops under planning

    • AfriNIC

  • AfNOG track E0 Localisation pilot

  • ISOC Fellowship to IETF

  • Project funding

  • Regional Policy meetings

    • Bridge between policy and technology

    • IGF related meetings (Abuja, Kigali)

    • Policy INET

Education publications resources
Education Publications & Resources

  • IETF Journal

    • A review of what's happening in the world of Internet standards with a focus on the activities of IETF Working Groups

    • Highlights hot issues being discussed in IETF meetings and IETF mailing lists

    • Published 3 times per year


  • Workshop Resource Centre

    • On-line repository of presentations and materials from Internet conferences worldwide

    • Managed by NSRC


A few of the people we reach
A Few of the People We Reach…

ISOC Fellows at IETF 67 (L to R): Azael Fernandez Alcantara (Mexico), Alfred Prasad (Fiji), and Laupue Raymond Hughes (Samoa)

Students and instructors, ccTLD Workshop in Guyana, Feb. 2007

ccTLD Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 2005

Pre-SANOG Workshop Participants, Bhutan Jan. 2005

Isoc and the ietf
ISOC and the IETF

ISOC is the organizational home of the (Internet Engineering Task Force) IETF

About the Internet Society

20 February 2008


Ietf mission rfc 3935
IETF Mission - RFC 3935

The mission of the IETF is to produce high quality, relevant technical and engineering documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet in such a way as to make the Internet work better. These documents include protocol standards, best current practices, and informational documents of various kinds.

The ietf http www ietf org
The IETF -

Internet Engineering Task Force

Formed 1986 – 22nd anniversary Jan. 2008

Produces Internet Standards

Standards process open to all

“Rough consensus and running code”

No voting since no members

Multiple interoperable implementations

Internet Standard => wide use

Standards Documents open and free of charge

Protocols become standards when widely used, not because of government recognition

There are others internet standardisation bodies: ITU, W3C, etc, that have different roles and processes

Scope above the wire below the application
Scope“Above the wire, below the application”

Content and applications standards (HTML, XML, Java) – Promotes creativity and innovation in applications such as World Wide Web, ebanking, wiki, Skype, and much more

Internet protocols and standardseg. TCP, IP, Routing, SIP, Mobile IP, Streaming Video & Audio, IP Sec, ppp, FTP, ssh and more…

Telecommunications infrastructure– Physical network made up of underwater cables, telephone lines, fiber optics, satellites, microwaves, wi-fi, and so on facilitates the physical transfer of electronic data.

Core principles of the ietf
Core Principles of the IETF


Technical competence

Individual and not company

Volunteer Core

Open: Anyone can register to a working group and be part of the process

All decisions are made on line

Face to face meetings three times a year, but not compulsory for participation

Ietf areas http tools ietf org area
IETF Areas




Operations and Management

Real-Time Applications and Infrastructure




Other resources
Other Resources