We Indians are good in compliance to standards , processes but when it comes to creating one, the story turns south. Even the business case for the same is something which does not add up to the arguments for not taking part in standardisation activity. This is something which has been the reason for our cost of compliance being so high because the right input in terms of insights does not flow in to the standardisation making process.
What is amazing is the repeat of same pattern in the technical standard making space. And when I say technical , it is hard core technical with people around in the process being the pioneers in the technical space still participating with the same enthusiasm. The observation is based on the facts based on India’s participation in IETF. (Internet Engineering Task Force).
The IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) is the Internet’s premier standards-making body, responsible for the development of protocols used in IP-based networks. IETF participants represent an international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers involved in the technical operation of the Internet and the continuing evolution of Internet architecture.
The IETF Trust was created by the Internet Society and the Corporation for National Research Initiatives as settlors, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Initial Trustees on December 15, 2005.The IETF Trust has been requested by the IESG and RFC Editor in November 2014 to provide a license in cases where RFCs contain Templates. The Trustees propose modifying the Trust Legal Provisions (TLP) based upon a need to extract and fill in text from RFCs that contain Templates. The change enables specific text in an RFC that is designated as a Template to be subject to a new provision in the TLP that says that extraction and modification are authorised.
The IETF’s standards development work is organized into 8 Areas. Each Area has 1 or more Area Directors (ADs), which together comprise the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). The IESG is responsible for technical management of IETF activities, the Internet standards process, and for the actions associated with entry into and movement along the Internet “standards track,” including final approval of specifications as Internet Standards and publication as an RFC within each Area there is multiple Working Groups (WG) . Each WG has one or more chairs who manage the work, and a written charter defining what the work is and when it is due. There are 129 WGs. The WGs produce Internet Drafts (I-Ds) which often lead to the publication of an Internet standard as an RFC. People interested in particular technical issues join the mailing list of a WG and occasionally attend one or more of the three IETF meetings held every year.
The Standardization helps in meeting interoperability requirements and also enables the following:
- Collective Empowerment
- Voluntary Adoption
- Adherence to Principles
The Indian participation in this forum is quite abysmal and to increase this participation, DietY, Government of India has created a working group to drive the efforts nationally.
IICB is an effort by ISOC Kolkata to consolidate and provide a single platform to bring together all the efforts in this space.