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Making the Internet Work

Posted by Hannah Conrad on March 15th, 2013

Guest: Russ Housley, Former* Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force

Host: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc.

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Have you ever wondered how the Internet works?

It is organizations like the Internet Engineering Task Force that make the Internet function as such an interconnected part of our everyday lives. Russ Housley, Former* Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force, joined us on Conversation Central to give us a look at the work behind the Internet.

Russ Housley: “The Internet is both a technological thing and a sociological thing.”

During the show, Russ talks about

  • What the Internet is and how it works
  • The voluntary standards produced by the IETF
  • A couple of the widely deployed and widely successful Internet standards
  • The secret to making the IETF work when there is no voting within the organization
  • Rough consensus and running code
  • His proudest moments so far with the IETF
  • What he sees for the future of the Internet

*Update (3/21/13): Russ Housley is now the Chair of the Internet Architecture Board

Links of interest:

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Internet Society (ISOC)

Internet Architecture Board (IAB)

Five Principles of OpenStand

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One Response to “Making the Internet Work”

  1. Techbate says:

    Good information about fundamentals of internet and how it works, I’d love to hear Russ talking about internet exchange points as this is also a integral and new approach in establishing communication.