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 Seeks Feedback on Candidates for the IETF appointments to the ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG)

As previously announced, the IAB has been asked to name two technical experts to the ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG). The candidates who have accepted nominations are:

  • Fred Baker
  • Wes Hardaker
  • Ted Hardie
  • Daniel Migault
  • Jeff Osborn

The IAB is requesting feedback on these candidates by Sunday, December 15, 2019. Please send your response to execd@iab.org. If you would like your feedback to be anonymized, please indicate such in your response.

The IAB expects to provide the names of the two IAB/IETF representatives to ICANN by 10 January 2020.

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Call for Nominations: ICANN Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG)

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

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IAB report to the community for IETF 106

Dear Colleagues,

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 architecture-discuss@iab.org (our public discussion list) or iab@iab.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

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Call for nominations: IETF appointment to the ISOC Board of Trustees

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.

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Reappointment of Adrian Farrel as Independent Submissions Editor

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.

IAB Seeks Feedback on Independent Submissions Editor

As part of its oversight responsibility for the Independent Stream, the IAB is soliciting comments from the community on the performance of the Independent Submissions Editor, Adrian Farrel. The IAB is interested in comments on the last two years of operation of the Independent Stream and Adrian’s activities as ISE.

Please send comments to iab-chair@ab.org. In addition, please CC execd@iab.org.

The IAB would appreciate receiving comments by Tuesday, 2019-10-08.

Sally Floyd

The IAB notes with sadness the passing of former IAB member Sally Floyd.  Her work included critical insights into congestion control and network simulation that have guided both modern protocol design and common router implementations.  She was the author of key technical work on rate control, selective acknowledgment, unilateral address fixing, and multicast.  As a member of the IAB, she helped guide transitions in both the IRTF and IETF with a gentle spirit and an open mind.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and the communities that have lost her light.

Ted Hardie
for the IAB

IAB report to the community at IETF 105

Dear Colleagues,

Here is the IAB report for the period between IETF 104 and IETF 105. If you have issues you want to discuss by email, feel free to send your comments to architecture-discuss@iab.org (our public discussion list) or iab@iab.org (to reach just the IAB). Questions at the open mic at IETF 105 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. It also acts as an advisory body to the Internet Society.

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

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