Cisco fellow Fred Baker to chair ISOC's board of trustees; former chair of the IETF seeks to increase education/training efforts

August 5, 2002

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WASHINGTON -- The Internet Society (ISOC) confirmed today that Cisco Fellow Fred Baker is the new chairman of the Society's Board of Trustees. The organization, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, functions as the international focal point for global cooperation and coordination in the development of the Internet, and provides global leadership in the area of Internet standards, education, and policy development issues. "I believe the Internet can make life better for people throughout the world, and my goal is to help ISOC achieve its mission of making the Internet available globally," said Baker. "ISOC has made excellent contributions to the Internet, especially through their Developing Countries Workshops, by bringing top-quality experts to developing countries to train new operators. One of my key goals as chairman is to increase activity in the areas of public policy and education/training." One of Baker's biggest contributions to the Internet has been his work with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IETF is the international community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers concerned with the protocols and operational characteristics of the Internet. The IETF operates under the auspices of ISOC. Baker served as chairman of the IETF from 1996 to 2001. In that capacity, he contributed significantly to several standards and to the standards process. He also oversaw the IETF during a period in which meeting attendance doubled, work in progress more than quadrupled, and the Internet itself experienced explosive growth. Under his leadership, the IETF actively encouraged non-North American involvement and met in Germany, Norway, and Australia. The IETF also reached out to more traditional standards bodies and fora to foster global acceptance of Internet technology. Cisco Systems Inc. Internet Society (ISOC)

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