The IETF was founded in the 1980s as a regular meeting of Internet experts. Today it is responsible for the majority of Internet Standards and Protocols (RFCs). The RFCs were established in 1969 by Steve Crocker. Today, there number exceeds 8000. More than 10,000 Internet experts are involved in the work of the IETF. The Task Force is closely linked to Internet Society (ISOC), but only constituted itself as an institution in 2018 in the form of an LLD.
- The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is a committee that maintains the architectural overview of IETF activities and advises ISOC. The IAB also oversees the standardisation process, appoints the RFC editor and is responsible for managing the assignment of protocol parameter values by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
- The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is composed of research groups dealing with topics such as end-to-end, information infrastructure architecture, privacy and security, Internet resource discovery, routing, services management, reliable multicast and Internet congestion control.
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