An open process of developing Internet standards is essential to the future of the Internet.
The Internet’s success is due in large part to the unique model of development its founders intentionally built into its ‘DNA,’ in which operating standards are consensus-driven through freely accessible and inclusive processes.
This model of openness has also allowed the Internet’s evolution to be guided by multiple stakeholders who value collaboration, local and bottom-up participation, and respect for both the individual and public interest.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
To support this openness, the Open Internet Endowment is being established to deliver direct support toward providing long-term, sustainable funding for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
The IETF has been a valued leader in setting the open standards of the Internet and as such, must be allowed to continue and expand its important work, free of undue external influence and economic fluctuations.
While the future of the Internet is difficult to predict, one thing is quite clear: open standards have been key to the Internet’s success and growth—and thus there will be a continuing need to support this unique model of development. Since this model was not inevitable, neither can its future be assumed.
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