An open community of networkers who manage and shape the Internet by developing standards within the industry. The IETF is an international, voluntary body consisting of network designers, engineers, researchers, vendors, and other interested individuals. They work together to address and resolve technical and operational problems on the Internet and to develop Internet standards and protocols. The IETF, which was formed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), meets three times a year. However, the bulk of the collaboration and work takes place on various mailing lists maintained by participants.