(This post originally appeared on CircleID.)
As I reflect on my election earlier this month as the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) Chair, as well as the work that I perform at the IETF, I am very happy to work for a company like Dyn that invests employee time in organizations like the IETF in order to help continue the advancement of Internet standards.
This work is critical as Internet access becomes pervasive across the globe, and new service offerings launch everyday and need to interoperate. At first glance, it may not seem beneficial for a company like Dyn to encourage its employees to spend so much time associated with organizations like the IETF. What is the financial reward? Shouldn’t they be focusing on their day-to-day work?
Why I’m involved in the IAOC
We have a lofty goal at Dyn: to power the Internet. That doesn’t just mean providing Internet performance solutions from brands all over the world. Rather, it means being part of the conversation on the standards and practices implemented online. Companies like Dyn, and others to be fair, take a complete look at what they do. They’re not only trying to build a company and make money but provide a service that makes the Internet better and solves problems facing users. The IETF works on these tasks every day. Having their employees play a role in that helps bring perspective back to the office, so that we are well suited to help with this work.
In the short-term, it helps our business. In the long-term, it means they get to be part of the discussion of our generation.
What does the IAOC do?
Running an organization the size of the IETF that has thousands of people volunteering their time to work on Internet standards requires a lot of planning. The IAOC helps by providing transparent fiscal and administrative oversight and support for the IETF, including planning their budget and spending.
They also plan several meetings a year all over the world for volunteers to get together and work through complex Internet standards. We also have to deal with remote participation and interaction through email mailing lists where people create documents called Internet Drafts (IDs) that eventually become Request For Comment (RFCs) documents that people use to follow the standards. This is all coordinated by using tools that the IAOC funds for continued development.
We also work on legal and intellectual property rights issues through the IETF Trust in order to make sure that standards are protected and people can use them to continue to innovate and create new products and services.
It’s great volunteering my time with several of my fellow Dyn colleagues in building new technology and working on Internet Standards at the IETF. It is also great that I get to help coordinate how the standards work gets done by being the chair of the IAOC.
It is a wonderful moment to be elected chair of the IAOC, and I plan on building off the accomplishments of my predecessor, Bob Hinden, who recently stepped down in order to become the Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees. Bob has spent the last few years focused on providing transparent and effective processes related to balanced budgets, meetings planning, tools development, and ensuring that the IETF runs as smoothly as possible. I have very large shoes to fill, but I am up for the challenge and look forward to continuing this great work with the rest of the IAOC.
It is an exciting time for the Internet and the role it will play in our collective future. Knowing the brilliant minds from Dyn and from around the world that I work with, I know that future is in capable hands.