Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 75th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), one of the leading international technical standards bodies for the Internet. For many years, CDT has sought to engage in technical standards work as a means to foster communication between the technology and public policy communities, while also ensuring that the public interest is well represented in standards development. As I've become increasingly engaged in IETF activities over the past year (see my first post from a year ago
, the breadth of topics that intersect with CDT's policy work has continued to expand. Although it may not be immediately obvious to an outside observer, the work of the IETF has a crucial impact on whether the Internet will remain open, innovative and free.
Here's a recap of a few highlights from the week-long meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden:
- The meeting included a plenary session about net neutrality (slides are available on the IETF web site under Thursday Plenary
). The goal of the plenary was to help inform the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) about what the IETF might do in the net neutrality space and how the IETF is affected by net neutrality debates. The IAB has architectural oversight over IETF activities.
Barbara van Schewick from the Stanford Center for Internet & Society was invited in to introduce the topic.
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