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.
On 14 September 2016, the IAB posted a statement on the IANA Stewarship Transition:
The IAB (on behalf of the IETF) has been asked to supply a member to the 2017 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom). Last year, Tim Wicinski 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 the performance of Tim Wicinski on the ICANN NomCom. We are interested in comments on what has gone well or badly over the past year.
Please send comments to iab-chair at iab.org and execd at iab.org.
We would appreciate receiving comments by Wednesday, September 28, 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 2017 NomCom in Hyderabad, India in November 2016.
After having served as IRTF chair since 2011, Lars Eggert will step down as Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) chair during IETF 98 in March 2017.
The IAB has appointed Allison Mankin as his successor, and in the months to come Allison will be working with Lars in transitioning responsibilities.
Allison Mankin is an Internet protocol lead and researcher based in the Washington DC area, and holds the position of Senior Director, Public DNS, at Salesforce. She has a long history in and around the IETF and IRTF, including serving as Nomcom Chair, Transport AD (most recently stepping down in 2006), and IPng AD. In the IRTF, she chaired the Reliable Multicast RG and then moved it to the IETF as the RMT WG. She has worked in a diverse set of industry, academic and government settings. Some of her positions prior to Salesforce were at Verisign, JHU Applied Physics Lab, the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Bell Labs, and USC/ISI. As a program director at the US NSF, Allison was a leader of the Future Internet Design (FIND) program, which initiated the funding of info-centric networking and also played an early role in software-defined networking.
The IAB would like to thank Lars for serving the community by fulfilling the role with zeal and thank Allison for taking up the responsibility. The IAB would also like to thank the other volunteers for this position; with so many good candidates, it was a difficult choice for the IAB.
For more information about the IRTF, please see https://irtf.org/.
The IAB has appointed Jim Reid to serve a one-year term on the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). The IAB thanks Jim for his willingness to serve the community in this capacity.
The IAB would like to thank everyone who volunteered and provided feedback to this process.
On 3 August 2016, the IAB approved the drafts  documenting the requirements for the new RFC format for publication. The RFC Format project goals include:
- Supporting XML as the unchanging, underlying format
- Creating TXT, PDF/A-3, and HTML as the outputs
- Allowing SVG line art (black and white) as per a limited SVG profile
- Allowing Non-ASCII characters in a controlled fashion
An FAQ about the new RFC Format is available online: https://www.rfc-editor.org/rse/format-faq/ Continue reading
This is the usual IAB report to the community about our activities since the previous meeting (in this case, since IETF 95 in Buenos Aires). As ever, 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 email@example.com to reach our public discussion list, and firstname.lastname@example.org to reach just the IAB.
The IAB has a few chartered roles. We confirm the appointments to the IESG and perform standards process oversight and handle appeals. We also perform architectural oversight, we manage the RFC series and the IETF’s relationship with IANA, and we handle liaisons both to ISOC and to other organizations. We try to ensure that anything we do is part of one of these areas of responsibility, and we try to make sure these are all covered.
Here’s what we’ve been doing since IETF 95. You can find mention of each of these on the IAB pages at https://www.iab.org (where there’s more background, too). Continue reading
The IAB recently requested nominations for IRTF Chair. Following the call for nominations, which ran from 20 April 2016 through through 22 June 2016, the IAB contacted each person that was nominated and asked them to accept or reject their nomination. At this point, 5 people have indicated a willingness to serve. They are:
- Stephen Farrell
- Brian Haberman
- Dirk Kutscher
- Allison Mankin
- Colin Perkins
The IAB is actively soliciting comments on these people and their ability to serve as IRTF Chair. Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 22 July 2016. We thank you in advance for your help.
IAB Executive Administrative Manager
The IAB recently requested nominations for the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). For details on the position, please see: https://www.iab.org/2016/05/25/volunteer-needed-for-icann-root-zone-evolution-review-committee-rzerc/
We have 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:
- Marc Blanchet
- Warren Kumari
- Kaveh Ranjbar
- Jim Reid
Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 8 July 2016. We thank you in advance for your help.
On 27 May 2016, the IAB responded to the United States National Telecommunications and Information Administration Request for Comments, “The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.”