How the Internet came to be, Vint Cerf, 1993

This article appears in "The Online User's Encyclopedia," by Bernard Aboba,

Addison-Wesley, 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. [...]

The Internet Standards Process / 2, RFC 1602, 1993

Christian Huitema (IAB Chairman) and Phill Gross (IESG Chairman)

  • [...] Internet standardization is an organized activity of the Internet Society (ISOC).
  • 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. [...]

The 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.
  • During INET92 in Kobe, Japan, the ISOC Trustees approved a new charter for the IAB to reflect the proposed relationship. [...]

IETF 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.
  • Ideas 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 in Copenhagen.
  • 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. [...]

The 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). [...]

Brief History of the Internet, 2000

Leiner, 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.
  • Starting 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.
  • Increased 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 of standards.
  • Ultimately, 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. [...]
Happy Birthday ISOC