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.
In response to the recent series of public meetings on the evolution of the RSE role, the IAB recently circulated a proposed charter for a program on evolving the RFC Editor model. As that charter notes, the intent is for this program to be modeled on an IETF working group, using its mailing list to develop and validate consensus among the participants. While there will be an IAB program lead acting as a liaison to the IAB for logistical matters, the IAB is seeking chairs from outside the IAB. These chairs will set the detailed agenda, manage the program, and call consensus among the participants. The IAB currently expects to appoint two chairs, but may choose three if appropriate.
If you are interested in serving in this role, please send a short email message to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with IETF working groups or similar processes. The deadline for volunteering is Friday, 2020-02-07. The IAB will then solicit public comments on the candidates.
The IAB intends to make a decision on this appointment in time to have the program meet at IETF 107 with these chairs in place.
On 12 January 2020, the NomCom the announced the selection of the IAB slate whose terms will start at IETF 107 in March 2020.
The selected candidates for the IAB are:
- Ben Campbell
- Cullen Jennings
- Mirja Kühlewind
- Jared Mauch
- Tommy Pauly
- Jiankang Yao 姚健康
The IAB thanks outgoing members Ted Hardie, Christian Huitema, Erik Nordmark, Melinda Shore, Martin Thomson, and Brian Trammell for their years of service to the community on the IAB.
The resulting IAB will consist of:
- Jari Arkko, Ericsson
- Ben Campbell, Independent Consultant
- Alissa Cooper, Cisco (IETF Chair)
- Stephen Farrell, Trinity College Dublin
- Wes Hardaker, USC/ISI
- Cullen Jennings, Cisco Systems
- Mirja Kühlewind, Ericsson
- Zhenbin Li, Huawei
- Jared Mauch, Akamai Technologies
- Mark Nottingham, Fastly
- Tommy Pauly, Apple
- Jeff Tantsura, Apstra
- Jiankang Yao 姚健康, CNNIC China Internet Network Information Center
The IAB is responsible for selecting an individual to serve a 3-year term on the ISOC Board of Trustees. The procedure is described in RFC3677. The candidates who accepted their nominations are:
- Amelia Andersdotter
- Hago Dafalla
- Russ Housley
- Pete Resnick
- Michael Richardson
- Laura Thomson
The IAB is requesting feedback on these candidates by Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Please send your response to email@example.com. 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 February 26, 2020.
The IESG will confirm the candidate by March 24, 2020 and the appointee will begin serving as a new board of trustees member at the ISOC Annual General meeting in July 2020.
On 20 December 2019, the IAB re-opened the call for nominations to the ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG). The extended nominations period has now closed, and several additional candidates have put their names forward. The full list of candidates who have accepted nominations is:
- Fred Baker
- Lyman Chapin
- Steve Crocker
- Wes Hardaker
- Ted Hardie
- Geoff Huston
- Warren Kumari
- Daniel Migault
- Jeff Osborn
The IAB is requesting feedback on these candidates by Monday, January 13, 2020. 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 has published RFC 8700: Fifty Years of RFCs.
Abstract: This RFC marks the fiftieth anniversary for the RFC Series. It includes both retrospective material from individuals involved at key inflection points as well as a review of the current state of affairs. It concludes with thoughts on possibilities for the next fifty years for the Series. This document updates the perspectives offered in RFCs 2555 and 5540.
On behalf of the IETF, the IAB names two technical experts to the ICANN Technical Liaison Group (TLG).
The ICANN Bylaws (Section 13.2) ask the IAB, ITU-T, ETSI, and W3C to each provide two technical experts. The technical experts are expected to be “familiar with the technical standards issues that are relevant to ICANN’s activities. These 8 experts shall be available as necessary to determine, through an exchange of e-mail messages, where to direct a
technical question from ICANN when ICANN does not ask a specific TLG organization directly.” All TLG participants are also members of ICANN’s
Technical Experts Group which confers with the ICANN Board at ICANN meetings.
The ICANN bylaws can be found at http://www.icann.org/en/about/governance/bylaws.
The current experts are Warren Kumari (term ends 2021) and Tim Wicinski (term ends 2020). Tim has indicated that he is unable to seek another term. The IAB would like to thank Tim for his two years of service.
The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve a two-year term on the ICANN TLG. 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 TLG. The deadline for volunteering is Friday, 2020-01-17. Continue reading
On behalf of the IETF, the IAB has been asked to name two technical experts to the ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG). ICANN describes this group as follows:
The GWG is the core of the community-driven process to develop a final cooperation and governance model for the Root Server System (RSS). The GWG shall present its deliverable to the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), ICANN Board, Internet Architecture Board/Internet Engineering Task Force (IAB/IETF), and Root Server Operators (RSOs).
The GWG work plan estimates a two-year effort. However, most of the work for the GWG will take place in the first year. The GWG will determine its work cadence: Regular teleconferences (e.g., every other week) will drive the process with potential work sessions at ICANN Public Meetings as necessary. In carrying out its work, the GWG shall embrace the principles outlined in “RSSAC037: A Proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root Server System” (RSSAC037) and refer to RSSAC037 and the Concept Paper as source documents, as well as the feedback from Public Comment. The GWG charter, operating procedures, and work plan as well as relevant resources are published on its workspace.
Every member of the GWG will provide a statement of interest and disclose potential conflicts of interest. GWG members are not compensated. The goal is to provide the final composition of the GWG to the ICANN Board at its 24-26 January 2020 workshop and convene the GWG for its first teleconference the week of 27 January 2020. Continue reading
Here is the IAB report for the period between IETF 105 and IETF 106. If you have topics or issues you want to discuss by email, feel free to send your comments to email@example.com (our public discussion list) or firstname.lastname@example.org (to reach just the IAB). Questions at the open mic at the IETF 106 plenary are, of course, also welcome.
The IAB has a few chartered roles. It confirms the appointments to the IESG, performs standards process oversight, and handles appeals. It also performs architectural oversight (including appointing the IRTF Chair), appoints the RFC series editor and oversight committee, manages the IETF’s relationship with IANA, and handles liaisons and appointments both to ISOC and to other organizations.
Here’s what the IAB has been doing since our last report; more detail on many of the topics is available at https://www.iab.org. Continue reading
The Internet Society (ISOC) provides organizational and financial support for the IETF. As part of the arrangements between ISOC and the IETF, the IETF is called upon to name 4 Trustees to its Board (BoT), with staggered 3-year terms.
This year, the IAB will select one person for a term beginning in mid-2020 and ending in mid-2023. The incumbent is Sean Turner, who has served two consecutive terms in this role and who therefore cannot seek another term due to term limits. The IAB would like to thank Sean for his six years of service.
A description of the IAB’s process for selecting the Trustee each year can be found in RFC 3677, with this year’s timeline as follows:
- Tuesday, November 12, 2019 : Open nomination period
- Tuesday, January 7, 2020 : Close of the nomination period
- Wednesday, January 8, 2020 – Wednesday, February 5, 2020: Community feedback period
- No later than February 26, 2020: IAB selection delivered to IESG for confirmation
- No later than March 24, 2020 : Delivery of final confirmed selection to the ISOC Elections Committee for announcement with the rest of the new ISOC BoT slate.
The Internet Architecture Board is pleased to announce the reappointment of Adrian Farrel as the Independent Submissions Editor (ISE). This appointment is for a two-year term beginning on 15 February 2020.
The IAB thanks Adrian for his continued willingness to serve the community in this capacity.