timothy from the renting-out-the-room dept.
FranckMartin writes "Little known to the general public, the Internet Engineering Task Forcecelebrates its 25th birthday on the 16th of January. DNSSEC, IDN, SIP, IPv6, HTTP, MPLS ... all acronyms that were codified at the IETF. But little known, one can argue the IETF does not exist; it just happens that people meet 3 times a year in some hotel around the world and are on mailing lists in between. The openness of the IETF and its structure has inspired the way ICANN is run, as well as the way the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been open to the civil society."
Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists
stand on each other's toes.
-- Richard Hamming