As part of its oversight responsibility for the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), the IAB is responsible for selecting the IRTF Chair.
The IRTF focuses on longer-term research issues related to the Internet, organizing its work into topical Research Groups (RGs). The IRTF Chair is selected by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). It is a volunteer position with duties that include: 1) strategically shaping the work undertaken by IRTF RGs, 2) managing administrative responsibilities such as those related to publishing RFCs via the IRTF stream, and 3) serving as an ex-officio member of the IAB. The IRTF Chair should have previous experience in network research. Experience in operational management or implementation is beneficial. It is also desirable for the IRTF Chair to be familiar with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the IAB, and related groups and processes.
The current IRTF Chair, Lars Eggert, has indicated that he plans to step down from this position in March 2017.
The IAB is currently soliciting nominations for the IRTF Chair, for a term beginning at IETF 98 in March 2017 and ending at IETF 104 in March 2019.
A description of the IRTF Chair role can be found in RFC 7827, “The Role of the IRTF Chair.”
This is the report to the community from the IAB about our activities since IETF 94 (which was in Yokohama). We used to go over much of this sort of material in the plenary sessions. Shorter time for plenary sessions in the weekly agenda led us to try this form of report, and it was popular. So we are continuing with it. We hope that this form allows you to prepare topics you might want to discuss during the open mic. But of course, if you have views you want to make known by email, we’re easy to reach: send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reach our public discussion list, and email@example.com to reach just the IAB. Continue reading
The IAB has published RFC 7827: The Role of the IRTF Chair.
Abstract: This document briefly describes the role of the Chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), discusses its duties, and outlines the skill set a candidate for the role should ideally have.
After reviewing the strong list of individuals who offered to serve on the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC), the IAB is pleased to appoint Adam Roach to serve on the RSOC.
The IAB extends many thanks to the community members that were willing to serve on the RSOC for their ongoing support of the RFC Series and the RFC Series Editor. The IAB also wishes to thank Alexey Melnikov, who is stepping down from the RSOC to join the IESG in April.
The IAB has published RFC 7754: Technical Considerations for Internet Service Blocking and Filtering.
Abstract: The Internet is structured to be an open communications medium. This openness is one of the key underpinnings of Internet innovation, but it can also allow communications that may be viewed as undesirable by certain parties. Thus, as the Internet has grown, so have mechanisms to limit the extent and impact of abusive or objectionable communications. Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on “blocking” and “filtering”, the active prevention of such communications. This document examines several technical approaches to Internet blocking and filtering in terms of their alignment with the overall Internet architecture. When it is possible to do so, the approach to blocking and filtering that is most coherent with the Internet architecture is to inform endpoints about potentially undesirable services, so that the communicants can avoid engaging in abusive or objectionable communications. We observe that certain filtering and blocking approaches can cause unintended consequences to third parties, and we discuss the limits of efficacy of various approaches.
The IAB announced a call for nominations to fill an open position on the RSOC on 28 January 2016. For details on the position and further links, please see the previous message here:
The call completed, and 4 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 new RSOC member, please provide comments to iab-chair at iab.org and execd at iab.org. Please provide feedback before 11 March 2016.
With thanks for their willingness to serve, the list of willing nominees:
- Loa Andersson
- John C Klensin
- Barry Leiba
- Adam Roach
The IAB is responsible for selecting an individual to a serve 3-year term on the ISOC Board of Trustees. The procedure is described in RFC3677. The candidates who accepted their nominations are:
- Harald Alvestrand
- Richard Barnes
- Hago Dafalla
- Russ Housley
- Warren Kumari
- Jordi Palet Martinez
- Samuel Weiler
We solicit feedback on these candidates by Friday, March 18, 2016. Please send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like your feedback to be anonymized, please indicate such in your response. The IAB expects to finalize its selection on or before March 25, 2016.
The IESG will confirm the candidate by May 6, 2016 and the appointee will begin serving as the new board of trustee member at the ISOC Annual General meeting on June 18, 2016.
The IAB has published RFC 7749: The “xml2rfc” Version 2 Vocabulary.
Abstract: This document defines the “xml2rfc” version 2 vocabulary: an XML-based language used for writing RFCs and Internet-Drafts. Version 2 represents the state of the vocabulary (as implemented by several tools and as used by the RFC Editor) around 2014. This document obsoletes RFC 2629.
As specified in “RFC Editor Model (Version 2)” (RFC 6635), the IAB is responsible for appointing the members of the RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC). Alexey Melnikov is planning to step down from his role on the RSOC when he is seated on the IESG in April 2016. The IAB thanks him for his service.
The IAB is now looking for a community member to appoint to the RSOC. This message is a call for nominations for that position. If you are interested, or there is someone you know of who would make a good member, please nominate yourself or that person. Continue reading
The IAB has re-appointed Warren Kumari to serve a two-year term on the ICANN Technical Liaison Group (TLG). The IAB thanks Warren for his willingness to serve the community in this capacity.
The IAB thanks all of the candidates. This was a difficult decision with two strong candidates.