Open Source Initiative Welcomes Internet Systems Consortium as Newest Affiliate Member

Core community in developing and maintaining the Internet’s infrastructure adds it’s voice, experience and leadership to open source advocacy.

PALO ALTO, Calif. – March 2, 2016 — The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) is honored to announce ISC (Internet Systems Consortium), the organization behind the ongoing development and distribution of the most used name server software, BIND, has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. Founded in 1994, ISC plays a critical role supporting the fundamental architecture of the Internet, driving standards for the Domain Name System (DNS). ISC provides leadership both in standards development and software for the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and is an active contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force.

Over the years a number of software systems have either found a home at ISC or were created by ISC to better support the Internet’s infrastructure. Most impressively, all of ISC’s software is distributed with an OSI-Approved Open Source License and is readily available on their website. In fact, ISC is an author of an OSI Approved License, aptly named, “ISC License.”

“There are only a few organizations that can truly be credited for building the networked society we live in today. ISC is one of those organizations,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager of the OSI. “ISC has been cultivating the ideals of the Open Source Initiative from even before the OSI existed, and we are honored that they have joined us in our work to promote and protect open source software.”

The OSI Affiliate Member Program, available at no-cost, allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join and support our mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. Affiliate Members participate directly in the direction and development of the OSI through Board of Director elections as well as incubator projects and working groups that support software freedom. OSI membership provides a forum where some of the world’s most successful open source software leaders, projects, businesses and communities engage through member-driven initiatives to, promote and protect open source software, while also to extending and improving their own open source efforts through co-creation, collaboration and community.

Jeff Osborn, President of ISC added, “ISC has developed and supported open source systems for many years. We are delighted to join forces with other open source advocates and developers to help bring a unified voice to our growing movement.”

About ISC
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation widely known for world‐class Internet software engineering and network operations. Founded in 1994 under an initial grant from UUNET, ISC is governed today by a 4-member Board of Directors. ISC software, of which BIND, ISC DHCP and Kea are the best‐known examples, is open source. ISC created and maintains Internet core technology.

ISC also operates a high‐reliability global network of DNS root servers (F‐root, DLV and AS112). ISC is actively involved in Internet protocol and standards development. ISC is supported financially by donations, and by revenues from technical support and advance security notification services. A community of committed technical experts responds to user questions on ISC’s popular public mailing lists and package ISC software for all of the major UNIX and Linux distributions. For further information, please visit

About the Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative ( protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. As the steward of the Open Source Definition, the OSI is recognized internationally as the sole standards body for certifying open source licenses and preventing abuse of the open source concept by bad actors. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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