Forum: Tech Pros Meet to Address Internet Standards
by: Bryon Turcotte / November 8, 2013
According to a recent article on the Geeks World website, technology professionals worldwide met this week at the 88th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where a primary focus of discussion was internet security. IETF functions as a premier standards organization for the Internet. The article indicates that this organization develops a foundation of standards surrounding services and technologies "billions of times every day" while strategically investigating ways to improve security across a wide array of technologies.
In the article, Jari Arkko, Chair of the IETF, is quoted to say, "Ensuring the global Internet is a trusted platform for billions of users is a core and ongoing concern for the IETF community. Discussions over the past few months, including many in the more than 100 working group sessions this week, are carefully andsystematicallyreviewing Internet security and exploring ways to improve privacy and other aspects of security for different applications."
The article points to one of the meeting's speakers, Bruce Schneier, who spoke about the Internet's global effect on security. Schneier said, "The Internet has been turned into a giant surveillance machine. This is not just about any particular country orindividualaction. We need to work broadly to fix the problems of today and tomorrow."