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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RFC 8462 on Report from the IAB Workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW)

The IAB has published RFC 8462: Report from the IAB Workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW).

Abstract: The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and GSM Association (GSMA) held a joint workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW), on September 24-25, 2015. This workshop aimed to discuss solutions for bandwidth optimization on mobile networks for encrypted content, as current solutions rely on unencrypted content, which is not indicative of the security needs of today’s Internet users. The workshop gathered IETF attendees, IAB members, and participants from various organizations involved in the telecommunications industry including original equipment manufacturers, content providers, and mobile network operators.

The group discussed Internet encryption trends and deployment issues identified within the IETF and the privacy needs of users that should be adhered to. Solutions designed around sharing data from the network to the endpoints and vice versa were then discussed; in addition, issues experienced when using current transport-layer protocols were also discussed. Content providers and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) gave their own views of their experiences delivering their content with mobile network operators. Finally, technical responses to regulation were discussed to help the regulated industries relay the issues of impossible-to-implement or bad-for-privacy technologies back to regulators.

A group of suggested solutions were devised, which will be discussed in various IETF groups moving forward.

This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board.

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Observers at IAB Teleconferences

As noted in September, the IAB recently agreed to make its agendas public. After some further discussion on necessary logistics, the IAB has now also unanimously agreed to open its teleconferences to observers.

Call-in details will be available with the posted agendas, found here:

The agenda will be posted 48 hours before the call begins. IAB teleconferences are currently normally scheduled for the first, second, and fourth Wednesday of the month at 2000 UTC. The timing of calls is generally re-assessed after each new IAB is seated, so this may change.

Observers are asked to join the call early to minimize disruption, and to identify themselves to the Secretariat when they join. The names of the identified observers will be part of the minutes. The Secretariat will mute the observers, and will make an announcement at the beginning of the meeting asking them to remain muted unless called on by the meeting chair.

Observers and liaisons will be asked to leave the teleconference for executive sessions. Typically, the IAB goes into executive session to avoid reputational risk for an individual or group; for example, discussion of appointments or sensitive external relationships.

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RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC) Appointments

The IAB extends many thanks to the community members who were willing to serve on the RSOC for their ongoing support of the RFC Series and the RFC Series Editor.

After reviewing the strong list of individuals who offered to serve on the RSOC, the IAB is appointing the following people to serve on the RSOC:

  • Sarah Banks
  • Tony Hansen
  • Adam Roach
  • Peter Saint-Andre

In addition, Christian Huitema and Robert Sparks will serve as IAB members on the RSOC, and Portia Wenze-Danley will continue to serve as a liaison to RSOC in her role as interim IAD.

The IAB sincerely thanks all of the people that offered to serve on the RSOC. The IAB particularly thanks the following current RSOC members that will be stepping off the committee later this month:

  • Nevil Brownlee
  • Joel Halpern
  • Bob Hinden
  • Martin Thomson (IAB member)

IAB Reappoints Ole Jacobsen to the ICANN NomCom

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 Ole Jacobsen to this position.

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

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  2019 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) by 24 August 2018. Last year,  Ole Jacobsen did the job for the IETF community, and he is willing to  serve again.

The IAB would like to solicit comments from the community on Ole  Jacobsen 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 comments to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org.

We would appreciate receiving comments by Tuesday, 21 August 2018, as  the IAB will begin the next steps in this appointment process shortly so  that the ICANN NomCom member can attend the first formal meeting of the  2019 NomCom in Barcelona in October 2018.

Report to the Community from the IAB for IETF 102

First, I am again happy to note that there were no appeals received by the IAB at the time of writing.

In our last report, the IAB noted that it was in the process of selecting a new liaison to the ICANN Board. Harald Alvestrand was selected by the portion of the IAB not recused, and he and Jonne Soininen are currently sharing information as they run up to the change-over together. The IAB has re-appointed Jim Reid to the position of Root Zone Evolution Review Committee liaison. We thank each of them, as well as the other volunteers, for their willingness to serve.

Under the terms of RFC 6635, the IAB recently called for volunteers to serve on the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC) and there were a gratifyingly large number of volunteers. If you have opinions, information, or perspectives on the individuals for the RSOC which you believe would help the IAB select the RSOC membership, please provide comments to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org. Please provide feedback before 26 July 2018.

You can always find the documents the IAB has adopted and is working on at https://datatracker.ietf.org/stream/iab. Three new documents may be of interest: Continue reading

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Feedback Requested on Candidates for RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC)

The IAB announced a call for nominations and volunteers for serving on the RSOC on 16 May 2018. For details on the position and further links, please see the previous message.

The call completed, and 12 people accepted nominations. As specified in the announcement, the IAB is now providing that list to the community. If you have opinions, information, or perspectives on the individuals for the RSOC which you believe would help the IAB select the RSOC membership, please provide comments to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org. Please provide feedback before 26 July 2018. Continue reading

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