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.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 2020-07-28 at 2359 UTC. The IAB thanks you in advance for your help.
Mirja Kühlewind reflects on the recent IAB retreat, which was held entirely online, over at the IETF blog:
The IAB has reappointed Tim Wicinski to the Community Coordination Group for the 2020-2022 term. The IAB thanks him for his willingness to serve the community in this capacity.
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>.
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 email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 2020-06-30 at 2359 UTC.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.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/
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.
The IAB recently requested nominations for an additional chair or chairs for the RFC Editor Future Development Program. There are a number of candidates, and the IAB is soliciting comment from the community on these candidates.
The following candidates have accepted nominations:
- Nevil Brownlee
- Alexey Melnikov
- Brian Rosen
- Tim Wicinski
- Nico Williams
- Chris Wood
Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, 2020-05-26 at 2359 UTC. The IAB thanks you in advance for your help.
The IAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Thomson to the Internet Society Board of Trustees. She will sit as trustee for three years, commencing with the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Internet Society, 1-2 August 2020.
The IAB would like to thank Sean Turner for his service is in this role; Sean has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014 and will be stepping down at the Annual General Meeting in 2020.
The IAB also thanks all those who volunteered to serve, and Laura for taking on the task.
As previously discussed, the IAB is seeking an additional chair or chairs for the RFC Editor Future Development Program.
This program is modeled on an IETF working group, and will use its mailing list (email@example.com) to develop and validate consensus among the participants.
The program currently has one chair, Eliot Lear. The current IAB has received significant feedback from the community that a second chair needs to be selected, and the IAB is eager to fill that position with a great candidate as soon as is practical. The IAB is now seeking at least one additional chair from outside the IAB to join Eliot. Together, these 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.
If you are interested in serving in this role, please send a short email message to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with IETF working groups or similar processes. The deadline for volunteering is Tuesday, 2020-05-12 at 2359 UTC. The IAB will then solicit public comments on the candidates before making a decision.