[ih] Query: When did the IETF change to "everyone can come"?

Craig Partridge craig at aland.bbn.com
Mon Dec 4 08:22:50 PST 2006

The 5th IETF was, I believe, open to anyone.  I showed up under NSF
funding because NSFNET had network management challenges that we needed
addressed and IETF was deemed the place in the Internet standards world
in which that work should be done.

I seem to recall this was the first IETF that was open to anyone but I've
never gotten the full story on IETFS 1 through 4, though I note they
have proceedings on-line at IETF.org.


In message <45743E5F.7090001 at alvestrand.no>, Harald Alvestrand writes:

>I'm writing an article on the IETF, where a very small part deals with 
>its history.
>One thing I'd like to have right in that section:
>- The IETF started out as "people who work on DARPA projects related to 
>the ARPAnet"
>- It continued as "people who work on ARPAnet/Internet connected networks"
>- At some point, it changed to "anyone who wants to can come".
>Can someone help me by pointing out (with references, if possible) at 
>which IETF meetings those changes happened?
>Thanks in advance!
>                      Harald

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