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.
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, Eliot Lear. The IAB is interested in comments on the last two years of operation of the Independent Stream and Eliot’s activities as ISE.
Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, please CC email@example.com.
The IAB would appreciate receiving comments by Wednesday, 2023-12-20.
The IAB co-signed last week an open letter together with cybersecurity experts, researchers, and civil society organisations from across the globe to warn against the risks on the right to privacy of citizens and secure online communications of the EU’s eIDAS reform.
In April 2022, individual members of the IAB signed a similar letter.
Last Wednesday on Nov 8 the negotiation of the European Union has concluded without appropriately addressing the concerns raised by technical experts and civil society. A full report by Epicentre.works, facilitators of the open letter, has been posted.
The IAB remains concerned that the regulatory requirement to mandate the use and support of specific Internet infrastructure, especially without establishing rules for operation and control within an open forum, endangers Internet security and creates a precedent of governmental control that has the potential for misuse. We encourage the IETF community and broader Internet community to continuously raise these concerns.
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 two people for terms beginning in mid-2024 and ending in mid-2027. The incumbents are Brian Haberman and Jon Peterson. Brian has indicated that he interested in serving a second term, and Jon is planning to step down at the end of his current term.
A description of the IAB’s process for selecting the Trustee each year can be found in RFC 3677. The Trustees selected for 2024 will be seated at ISOC’s Annual General Meeting in June 2024.
The IAB is looking for a diverse pool of candidates. Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent to the IAB Executive
Administrative Manager at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please include e-mail contact details with the nomination.
The deadline for nominations is 23:59 UTC on Tuesday, 2024-01-09. Continue reading
The IAB has uploaded its report for the IETF 118 meeting to the proceedings in the datatracker.
In addition, I would like to highlight some recent/on-going activities:
The IAB is pleased to announce that Deborah Brungard has been selected as the new liaison manager to ITU-T Study Group 15.
Deborah is taking over the role from John Drake, who is stepping back after serving in this role for many years. The IAB thanks John for his service.
ITU-T Study Group 15 details technical specifications giving shape to global communication infrastructure. The group’s standards define technologies and architectures of optical transport networks enabling long-haul global information exchange; fibre- or copper-based access networks through which subscribers connect; and home networks connecting in-premises devices and interfacing with the outside world.
The IETF process for managing liaison relationships is detailed in RFCs 4052, 4053, and 4691. The IETF’s relationship with the ITU-T is described in RFC 6756.
The IAB has reappointed Tim April to serve an additional one-year term on the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). The IAB thanks Tim for his willingness to serve the community in this capacity.
The IAB has re-appointed Russ Housley and Barry Leiba to the Community Coordination Group for the 2023-2025 term. The IAB thanks both Russ and Barry for their willingness to continue to serve the community in this capacity. The IAB would also like to thank everyone who provided feedback during this process.
The IAB has uploaded its report for the IETF-117 meeting to the proceedings in the datatracker. In addition, I would like to highlight some recent/on-going activities:
The IAB has published RFC 9419: Considerations on Application – Network Collaboration Using Path Signals.
Abstract: This document discusses principles for designing mechanisms that use or provide path signals and calls for standards action in specific valuable cases. RFC 8558 describes path signals as messages to or from on-path elements and points out that visible information will be used whether or not it is intended as a signal. The principles in this document are intended as guidance for the design of explicit path signals, which are encouraged to be authenticated and include a minimal set of parties to minimize information sharing. These principles can be achieved through mechanisms like encryption of information and establishing trust relationships between entities on a path.