IAB Teleconference (Techchat)
1. Roll-call, agenda-bash, administrivia, approval of minutes
Ron Bonica (IESG liaison to the IAB)
Glenn Kowack (RFC Editor Liaison)
Dow Street (IAB Executive Director)
Aaron Falk (IRTF Chair)
Russ Housley (IETF Chair)
Olaf Kolkman (IAB Chair)
Lynn St.Amour (ISOC Liaison)
Vittal Krishnamurthy (IAB Scribe)
No agenda items were added.
No administrative items were discussed.
1.4. Meeting Minutes
No meeting minutes were reviewed during this call.
2. Techchat on the Future of Web Applications
Hannes, Bernard, and Jon led a discussion of the Future of Web Applications, focusing on how the migration of many applications to the web browser could affect protocol standardization. They walked through a series of slides which were based on a paper they had submitted to the “RTC in the Browser Workshop” held in October. Real Time Communications (RTC) is an important new functional area in web applications made possible by enhancements in HTML 5.
There are several key components of browser RTC functionality still in development. The RTCWEB BOF proposal currently under discussion proposes work in this area. Furthermore, the IAB technical plenary at IETF 80 looks at this space, although its scope is larger than just RTC.
The change in landscape is due largely to these characteristics of web applications:
- can be updated instantly when a new version becomes available – can be used across a wide range of devices
- are approaching the power of regular desktop applications
The board discussed this ongoing evolution, and the IETF areas that might be impacted, including RAI, APPS, Security (ABFAB), Internet (mobility protocols, IoT), OAM, and Transport (behave, decade, other transport protocols). They then moved into a discussion of browser RTC, specifically, whether media exchanged between two end users could/should be delivered directly (i.e., P2P) or via the intermediate web server.
It was broadly acknowledged that the protocol experience in the W3C is not nearly as deep as the IETF, and that few in the IETF have deep JS and web experience like the W3C, so close coordination between the bodies will remain vital. Jon, Bernard, and others have been working with the W3C to appropriately direct the various pieces of work to the right organization.
Also during the call there was a short discussion of the FCC NOI on the Do Not Track proposal, which is related to the recent Privacy Workshop. Several IAB members are considering writing an ID in this area.