I would love to know the answer to this one. I tried out the question on a few people and got the “rolling-my-eyes-cause-you-are-stupid” reaction. Nobody could answer, but I got a few suggestions. Like: your internet provider. Your landlord. You are Iris, you are… I reckon it is pretty fascinating how we can make this work, how we can connect across the globe. Lately I’ve made many new friends across the globe through Twitter, and I feel like sending a thank you note to the person in charge of this whole thing- like when you send a thank you to the chef after a lovely meal at a restaurant.
Okey. I want to send a thank you note. Where?
I googled it. Search: Who is in charge of the internet. Shock. Somebody had already googled that (I should add them as friends on FB).
I want to know who is in charge, I might want to complain, I might want to send a thank you note. But nobody is in charge, and this does feel kind of unique. I’m used to having people in charge. Internet is not a thing, but rather an intricate network that connects devices (AKA computers) together allowing for communication and this network spans the whole globe.
Nobody is in charge, but there are several organizations that set standards and guidelines. Okey, I’ve heard of them- so let’s make a small list: These organizations help making the magic happen:
Internet Society (ISOC). Nobody owns or runs the Internet, but if somebody did then ISOC would come close. ISOC oversee Internet policies, technology standards and future development. They provide financial and organizational support to Internet Engineering Task Force.
Internet Engineering Task Force – they develop and promote internet standards (Internet Standard (STD) = a normative specification technology or methodology applicable to the Internet). The task force consists of smaller working groups that focus on specific areas such as: Applications, General, Internet, Operations and Management, Real-time Applications and Infrastructure, Routing, Security, and Transport.
The directors of the different areas make up the Internet Engineering Steering Group, which takes care of the day-to-day management and provides final technical review. IETF is a part of Internet Society
The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) oversees the standards and design of protocols (communication protocol: a system of digital message formats and rules for exchanging those messages in or between computing systems and in telecommunications) by Internet Society. In other words it oversees some of the Task Forces, like for example Internet Engineering Task Force.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – manages domain addresses
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops World Wide Web standards.