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 appointment to the ISOC Board of Trustees

In 2022, the IAB is responsible for selecting one individual to serve a 3-year term on the ISOC Board of Trustees. The procedure is described in RFC 3677. The candidates who accepted nominations are:

  • Russ Housley
  • Victor Kuarsingh
  • Dominique Lazanski
  • Pete Resnick
  • Barbara Stark
  • Samuel Weiler

The IAB is requesting feedback on these candidates by Wednesday, 2022-02-02 at 2359 UTC. 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 finalize its selection on or before 2022-02-23.

The IESG will confirm the selection by 2022-03-23 and the appointee will begin serving as a new board of trustees member at the ISOC Annual General meeting in June 2022.

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RFC 9170 on Long-Term Viability of Protocol Extension Mechanisms

The IAB has published RFC 9170: Long-Term Viability of Protocol Extension Mechanisms.

Abstract: The ability to change protocols depends on exercising the extension and version-negotiation mechanisms that support change.  This document explores how regular use of new protocol features can ensure that it remains possible to deploy changes to a protocol. Examples are given where lack of use caused changes to be more difficult or costly.

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UPDATED: IAB Seeks Feedback on Candidates for the Independent Submissions Editor; nominations now closed

Earlier this month, the IAB sent a message to the community seeking feedback on the candidates for the Independent Submissions Editor (ISE) role. Since then, an additional candidate has put their name forward. The updated list of candidates who have accepted nominations is:

  • Mezgani Ali
  • Marcelo Bagnulo
  • Vasily Dolmatov (Василий Долматов)
  • Paul Hoffman
  • Luigi Iannone
  • Eliot Lear
  • Dirk Trossen
  • Cedric Westphal

The nominations period for the ISE role is now closed.

Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to ise-search22@iab.org by Friday, 2021-12-31. We thank you in advance for your help.

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IAB Seeks Feedback on Candidates for the Independent Submissions Editor

In October, the IAB sent a message to the community about the search for Independent Submissions Editor (ISE) candidates. The IAB has a number of candidates, and is now soliciting comment from the community on these candidates.

The candidates who have accepted nominations are:

  • Mezgani Ali
  • Marcelo Bagnulo
  • Vasily Dolmatov (Василий Долматов)
  • Paul Hoffman
  • Eliot Lear
  • Cedric Westphal

Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to ise-search22@iab.org by Friday, 2021-12-31. We thank you in advance for your help.

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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-2022 and ending in mid-2025. The incumbent is Richard Barnes, who has served two consecutive terms in this role and therefore cannot seek another term due to term limits. The IAB would like to thank Richard 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. The Trustee selected for 2022 will be seated at ISOC’s Annual General Meeting in June 2022.

Nominations

The IAB is looking for a diverse pool of candidates. Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent to the IAB Executive Administrative Manager at <execd@iab.org>. Please include e-mail contact details with the nomination.

The deadline for nominations is 23:59 UTC on Tuesday, 2022-01-04. Continue reading

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IAB report to the community for IETF 112

This is the IAB report for the period between IETF 111 and IETF 112. This report presents a summary of activities. More detailed information on many of the topics is also available at https://www.iab.org.

Minutes of all IAB business calls are available at https://www.iab.org/documents/minutes/. The IAB business calls are open for observation and ​the upcoming agenda​ is posted in advance on the IAB wiki at https://www.iab.org/wiki/index.php/Agenda. More recently, usually one of the business calls each month is used for technical discussions only. The calendar and connection details​ can also be found there.

If you have issues you want to discuss over email, feel free to send your comments to the IAB as a whole at iab@iab.org. This mailing list includes all voting IAB members, the IRTF Chair (Colin Perkins), the IETF Executive Director (Jay Daley), the IETF Director of Communications and Operations (Greg Wood), Secretariat staff (Cindy Morgan, Amy Vezza), the IESG Liaison (Martin Vigoureux), the ISOC Liaisons (Karen O’Donoghue, Olaf Kolkman), and the Tools Liaison (Robert Sparks). Continue reading

RFC 9120 on Nameservers for the Address and Routing Parameter Area (“arpa”) Domain

The IAB has published RFC 9120: Nameservers for the Address and Routing Parameter Area (“arpa”) Domain.

Abstract: This document describes revisions to operational practices to separate the function of the “arpa” top-level domain in the DNS from its historical operation alongside the DNS root zone.

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Search for Independent Submissions Editor (ISE) Candidates

The IAB is responsible for overseeing the volunteer IndependentSubmissions Editor (ISE) position. The current appointee is Adrian Farrel, whose term expires in February 2022. Adrian is not seeking another appointment; the IAB thanks him for his service over the past four years.

The requirements and responsibility for the role are documented in RFC 8730.

The IAB (with help from the other RFC streams) is identifying potential candidates for this role, with the intent to gather community feedback and make an appointment early next year. Suggestions for candidates are welcome at ise-search22@iab.org.

Update on the IAB appointment to the 2022 ICANN Nominating Committee

In September, the IAB announced that Paul Wouters had been appointed to the 2022 ICANN Nominating Committee. Circumstances have led to Paul asking to withdraw from the position.

The IAB has appointed Vittorio Bertola as the new delegate to the 2022 ICANN Nominating Committee. The IAB thanks Vittorio for his willingness to serve in this role.

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