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IAB Statement on Internet Confidentiality

In 1996, the IAB and IESG recognized that the growth of the Internet depended on users having confidence that the network would protect their private information.  RFC 1984 documented this need.  Since that time, we have seen evidence that the capabilities and activities of attackers are greater and more pervasive than previously known.  The IAB now believes it is important for protocol designers, developers, and operators to make encryption the norm for Internet traffic.  Encryption should be authenticated where possible, but even protocols providing confidentiality without authentication are useful in the face of pervasive surveillance as described in RFC 7258.

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Reappointment of Lars Eggert as IRTF Chair

The Internet Architecture Board is pleased to announce the reappointment of Lars Eggert as the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Chair. The IAB received a significant number of comments saying that Lars is doing a excellent job. This appointment is for a two year term, beginning in March 2015 and ending in March 2017.

On behalf of the IAB,
Russ Housley
IAB Chair

Reappointment of Nevil Brownlee as Independent Submission Editor

The Internet Architecture Board is pleased to announce the reappointment of Nevil Brownlee as the Independent Submission Editor (ISE). The IAB received a significant number of comments saying that Nevil is doing a superior job. This appointment is for a two year term, beginning on 15 February 2015 and ending on 14 February 2017.

On behalf of the IAB,
Russ Housley
IAB Chair

RFC 7322: RFC Style Guide

The IAB has published RFC 7322: RFC Style Guide.

Abstract: This document describes the fundamental and unique style conventions and editorial policies currently in use for the RFC Series.  It captures the RFC Editor’s basic requirements and offers guidance regarding the style and structure of an RFC.  Additional guidance is captured on a website that reflects the experimental nature of that guidance and prepares it for future inclusion in the RFC Style Guide.  This document obsoletes RFC 2223, “Instructions to RFC Authors”.

IAB Appoints John Levine to 2015 ICANN Nominating Committee

The IAB has selected John Levine to serve on the 2015 ICANN NOMCOM. He is co-author of nine RFCs, and he brings a wealth of experience in both the IETF and ICANN.  He is the past chair of the IRTF’s AntiSpam Research Group, and he has more recently delved into issues relating to zone cuts.  At ICANN he is an active participant in the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), and he has participated as an expert on the RSTEP committee.  The IAB wishes John every success in this important role, and encourages the whole community to share their views with John about the various ICANN leadership positions that he will have a part in selecting.

The IAB thanks everyone who put their name forward as a candidate for this position, as well as Russ Mundy for his service in this role over the last year.

NTIA/IANA Transition Co-ordination Group Appointments

As part of the NTIA/IANA transition, the IAB is to select two people to serve as members of the co-ordination group.  The IAB (less those whose names were under consideration for appointment) deliberated, and hereby appoints Russ Housley and Lynn St. Amour.

Russ is an IAB member and Chair of the IAB, and is a member of the IAB’s IANA Evolution program.  Lynn continued as a member of the IAB’s IANA Evolution program after stepping down recently as CEO of ISOC.

We thank both Russ and Lynn for being willing to serve, and thank others who were willing to be considered.

The appointments have been communicated to ICANN in its role as convenor of the process.

RFC 7241: The IEEE 802/IETF Relationship

The IAB has published RFC 7241: The IEEE 802/IETF Relationship.

Abstract: This document describes the standardization cooperation between Project 802 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  This document obsoletes RFC 4441.

Note: This document was collaboratively developed by authors from both the IEEE 802 and IETF leadership and was reviewed and approved by the IEEE 802 Executive Committee prior to publication.

IAB Seeks Feedback on the Independent Stream Editor (ISE)

As part of its oversight responsibility for the Independent Stream, the IAB is solociting comments from the community on the performance of the Independent Stream Editor, Nevil Brownlee.  We are interested in comments on what has gone well or badly in the last several years of operation of the Independent Stream and Nevil’s activities as ISE.

Please send comments to iab-chair@iab.org.  In addition, please CC execd@iab.org.

We would appreciate receiving comments as soon as possible, as the IAB will likely begin the next steps in the oversight process shortly after the end of IETF 90 in Toronto.