Internet Architecture Board

RFC2850

About the Internet Architecture Board

The Internet Architecture Board provides long-range technical direction for Internet development, ensuring the Internet continues to grow and evolve as a platform for global communication and innovation.

In its work, the IAB strives to:

  • Ensure that the Internet is a trusted medium of communication that provides a solid technical foundation for privacy and security, especially in light of pervasive surveillance,
  • Establish the technical direction for an Internet that will enable billions more people to connect, support the vision for an Internet of Things, and allow mobile networks to flourish, while keeping the core capabilities that have been a foundation of the Internet’s success, and
  • Promote the technical evolution of an open Internet without special controls, especially those which hinder trust in the network.
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IAB report to the community for IETF 108

This is the IAB report for the period between IETF 107 and IETF 108. This report presents a summary of activities. More detailed information on many of the topics is also available at https://www.iab.org.

Minutes of all IAB business calls are available at https://www.iab.org/documents/minutes/. The IAB business calls are open for observation and ​the upcoming agenda​ is posted in advance on the IAB wiki at https://www.iab.org/wiki/index.php/Agenda. The calendar and connection details​ can also be found there.

If you have issues you want to discuss over email, feel free to send your comments to the IAB as a whole at iab@iab.org.

Appeals

There were no appeals during this reporting period.

Appointments

Since IETF 108, the IAB has made the following appointments:

In April, the new slate for the ISOC Board of Trustees was announced. The IAB, on behalf of the IETF, appointed Laura Thomson to the BOT back in February, but the appointment was not announced until the full BOT slate was available.

Additionally, the IAB is currently in the process of making an appointment to the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). The deadline to provide feedback to the IAB is 2020-07-28 at 23:59 UTC.

Documents and IAB Statements

All documents the IAB has adopted and is working on can be found at https://datatracker.ietf.org/stream/iab.

Since IETF-107, the IAB has sent one document to the RFC Editor:

Since the last report, the IAB issued no new IAB statements.

IAB Open Meeting

During IETF-108 the IAB will hold an IAB Open Meeting, on Tuesday July 28, 13:00 – 13:50 UTC. The goal of this meeting is to increase interactions with the community, in both directions: providing information about and reporting back on technical work done, as well as gathering input about on-going work.

The agenda for the IETF-108 session can be found here: https://datatracker.ietf.org/meeting/108/materials/agenda-108-iabopen-01

Meetecho link to join the meeting: http://www.meetecho.com/ietf108/?group=iabopen&short=&item=1

Mailing lists

IAB maintained mailing lists are listed at https://www.iab.org/iab-mailing-lists/.

Recently, dormant mailing lists related to closed programs or past workshops have been closed after community consultation. Further, Tommy Pauly is now serving as second sergeants-at-arms for the architecture-discuss@iab.org mailing list supporting Stephen Farrell to cover different time zones. For program-specific lists, the program chairs act as moderators. The rfc-interest list is moderated by the Temporary RFC Series Project Manager. As for all mailing lists of the IETF, we also expect professional behavior on our mailing lists.

A new mailing list has been created for a new proposed program on Evolvability, Deployability, and Maintainability (EDM) (see next section): <edm@iab.org>.

Programs

The IAB organizes its long term work, for the most part, into programs. There are basically two classes: management programs and architectural programs. The former are how we handle the oversight of various things, and the latter are where we do architectural work. The IAB is currently in the process of discussing how to handle and organize IAB programs better in the future, e.g. regarding participation and community visibility.

Programs are listed at https://www.iab.org/activities/programs/.

There are no new programs to call out since the last report.

For RFC Editor Future Development Program which was already established shortly before IETF-108 the program description was finalized, a second chair selected (see Appointments), and Wes Hardaker and Jared Mauch named as IAB liaisons. This program has open participation and is operating in a manner similar to an IETF working group where chairs draw community consensus. The IAB liaisons are not involved in the consensus process but only provide support, e.g. on administrative or logistical matters, if needed. Since its establishment the program had two virtual meetings in May 2020 and will hold another meeting at IETF-108 on Monday July 27, 2020, 14:10-15:50 UTC.

Further, the IAB has initiated a discussion in the community for a new program on Evolvability, Deployability, and Maintainability (EDM). As mentioned above, a new mailing list has been created: <edm@iab.org>.

Workshops and Workshop reports

There were no workshops during this period.

The report for the IAB Workshop on Exploring Synergy between Content Aggregation and the Publisher Ecosystems (ESCAPE) has been published as RFC8753.

The report for the IAB workshop on Design Expectations vs. Deployment Reality in Protocol Development (DEDR) is in preparation for publication: draft-iab-dedr-report-00

The IAB is about to issue a Call for Contributions for a workshop on COVID-19 Network Impacts to be held virtually in November 2020.

 

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IAB Reappoints Peter Koch to ICANN Nominating Committee

The IAB has been deliberating the appointment from the IETF community to the ICANN NomCom over the past few weeks. After seeking feedback from the IETF community, the IAB has decided to re-appoint Peter Koch to this position.

The IAB extends its sincere thanks to Peter for serving the community in this role.

IAB Seeks Feedback on Candidates for ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC)

The IAB recently requested nominations for the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC).

There are a number of candidates, and the IAB is now soliciting comments from the community on these candidates.

The following candidates have put their names forward:

  • Tim April
  • Fred Baker
  • Warren Kumari

Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org by 2020-07-28 at 2359 UTC. The IAB thanks you in advance for your help.

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Brian Rosen to Serve as Additional RFC Editor Future Development Program Chair

The IAB has selected Brian Rosen to serve as an additional chair of the RFC Editor Future Development Program, joining current chair Eliot Lear. Together, the chairs will set the detailed agenda, manage the program, and call consensus among the participants. The program also has two liaisons from the IAB to assist with logistical matters, Wes Hardaker and Jared Mauch.

Brian was selected based on strong community feedback and careful consideration by the IAB in order to provide the best candidate to help manage this group.

The IAB thanks all of the candidates who were willing to serve. This was a difficult decision with many strong candidates.

This program has completely open participation. To subscribe to the mailing list, please go to <https://www.iab.org/mailman/listinfo/rfced-future>.

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Call for Nominations: ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC)

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB has been asked to name a technical expert to the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). The RZERC is expected to:

  • Review and provide input regarding proposed architectural and operational changes to the root zone.
  • As determined necessary by the committee, propose architectural and operational changes to the Root Zone for consideration by the ICANN Board.
  • Act as a consultation body for ICANN during the RFP process for the Root Zone Maintainer, if needed.

The incumbent is Jim Reid, who has served in this role since 2016, and therefore cannot seek another term due to term limits. The IAB would like to thank Jim for his four years of service.

The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve on the ICANN RZERC. The IAB will select one person for a one-year term that will begin at ICANN 69. This appointment will be renewable for up to three additional one-year terms. If you are interested, please send a short email message to iab-chair@ab.org with a copy to execd@iab.org with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN as well as the other standards organizations represented on the RZERC. The deadline for volunteering is Tuesday, 2020-06-30 at 2359 UTC.

The IAB will select from the available candidates, taking into account the familiarity with ICANN and the IETF, their roles, and the IETF protocols. The selected candidates will serve on the ICANN RZERC on personal title; however, the IAB will be looking for a candidate who has an understanding of the interests of the technical community.

The IAB generally believes that the guiding principle should be that individuals serve without expectation of direct compensation from the bodies to which they are appointed, so as to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. For more details, please see the IAB Statement on Liaison Compensation.

The ICANN RZERC is expected to meet as frequently as necessary, with at least one meeting per calendar year.

If you are willing to be considered or would like to nominate someone else for one of the RZERC positions, please send an email message to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org by 2020-06-30 at 2359 UTC.

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IAB Seeks Feedback on IETF Appointment to the ICANN NomCom

The IAB (on behalf of the IETF) has been asked to supply a member to the 2021 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) by 2020-07-17. Peter Koch filled this role for the IETF community for the past year, and he is willing to continue.

The IAB would like to solicit comments from the community on Peter Koch on the ICANN NomCom. While the ICANN NomCom process itself is confidential, the IAB believes that asking for feedback on this appointment is important for transparency.

Please send your remarks in confidence to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org. The IAB would appreciate receiving comments by Tuesday, 2020-06-23 at 2359 UTC, as the IAB will begin the next steps in this appointment process shortly.

The 2021 ICANN NomCom will select people to fill the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
  • Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, one from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands region, one from the Africa region.
  • Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.

For more information about the ICANN NomCom see: https://nomcom.icann.org/

IAB Reappoints Harald Alvestrand as Liaison to the ICANN Board of Directors

The IAB has been deliberating the selection of the liaison from the IETF community to ICANN Board of Directors over the past several weeks. After seeking feedback from the IETF community, the IAB has decided to reappoint Harald Alvestrand to this position.

The IAB extends their sincere thanks to Harald for continuing to serve the community in this role.

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