the Internet came to be, Vint Cerf, 1993
article appears in "The Online User's Encyclopedia," by Bernard
November 1993, ISBN 0-201-62214-9
Concurrent with the exponential explosion in Internet use has come the
recognition that there is a real community out there.
- The community
now needs to recognize that it exists, that it has a diversity of interests,
and that it has responsibilities to those who are dependent on the continued
health of the network.
- The Internet
Society was founded in January 1992. With assistance from the Federal Networking
Council, the Internet Society supports the IETF and IAB and educates the
broad community by holding conferences and workshops, by proselytizing,
and by making information available. [...]
Internet Standards Process / 2, RFC 1602, 1993
Huitema (IAB Chairman) and Phill Gross (IESG Chairman)
Internet standardization is an organized activity of the Internet Society
- The ISOC
is a professional society that is concerned with the growth and evolution
of the worldwide Internet, with the way in which the Internet is and can
be used, and with the social, political, and technical issues that arise
as a result. [...]
Tao of IETF, RFC 1718, 1994
After the Internet Society (ISOC) was formed in January, 1992, the IAB
proposed to ISOC that the IAB's activities should take place under the
auspices of the Internet Society.
INET92 in Kobe, Japan, the ISOC Trustees approved a new charter for the
IAB to reflect the proposed relationship. [...]
and Internet Society, Vint Cerf, 1995
In contemplation of the need for a mechanism for aggregating funding from
many sources, it was proposed to form an Internet Society and to use its
resources, in part, to provide funds in support of IETF.
- The plan
was for the Society to engage in a variety of activities including conferences,
workshops, and raise funds from industry and other institutional sources.
It does so on an international basis, and acts as a neutral and internationally
recognized body, devoted to the support of Internet administrative infrastructure,
including, for example, IAB, IETF, IRTF and IANA.
for the formation of this organization were discussed in IAB and IETF meetings
early in 1991 and plans were announced at the INET Conference in June 1991
- The Internet
Society was officially formed in January 1992.
- In June,
1992, at the annual meeting of the Internet Society, INET'92, in Kobe,
Japan, the Internet Activities Board proposed to associate its activities
with ISOC and was renamed the Internet Architecture Board. Historically,
the IETF and its sister organization, the Internet Research Task Force,
had been considered two arms of the IAB. [...]
Internet Standards Process / 3 , RFC 2026, 1996
The Internet Standards process is an activity of the Internet Society that
is organized and managed on behalf of the Internet community by the Internet
Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).
History of the Internet, 2000
Cerf, Clark, Kahn, Kleinrock, Lynch, Postel, Roberts and Wolff
The growth in the commercial sector brought with it increased concern regarding
the standards process itself.
in the early 1980's and continuing to this day, the Internet grew beyond
its primarily research roots to include both a broad user community and
increased commercial activity.
attention was paid to making the process open and fair. This coupled with
a recognized need for community support of the Internet eventually led
to the formation of the Internet Society in 1991, under the auspices of
Kahn's Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) and the leadership
of Cerf, then with CNRI. In 1992, yet another reorganization took place.
- In 1992,
the Internet Activities Board was re-organized and re-named the Internet
Architecture Board operating under the auspices of the Internet Society.
- A more
"peer" relationship was defined between the new IAB and IESG,
with the IETF and IESG taking a larger responsibility for the approval
a cooperative and mutually supportive relationship was formed between the
IAB, IETF, and Internet Society, with the Internet Society taking on as
a goal the provision of service and other measures which would facilitate
the work of the IETF. [...]