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 report to the community for IETF 111

This is the IAB report for the period between IETF 110 and IETF 111. 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. Continue reading

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RFC 9075 on Report from the IAB COVID-19 Network Impacts Workshop 2020

The IAB has published RFC 9075: Report from the IAB COVID-19 Network Impacts Workshop 2020.

Abstract: The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic caused changes in Internet user behavior, particularly during the introduction of initial quarantine and work-from-home arrangements. These behavior changes drove changes in Internet traffic.

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) held a workshop to discuss network impacts of the pandemic on November 9-13, 2020. The workshop was held to convene interested researchers, network operators, network management experts, and Internet technologists to share their experiences. The meeting was held online given the ongoing travel and contact restrictions at that time.

Note that this document is a report on the proceedings of the workshop.  The views and positions documented in this report are those of the workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect IAB views and positions.

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Call for volunteers or nominations for the IETF Delegate to the ICANN 2022 Nominating Committee

The IAB (on behalf of the IETF) has been asked to supply a member to the 2022 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom). Peter Koch has filled this role for the IETF community for the past two years and cannot seek another term due to term limits; the IAB thanks him for his service. The IAB would therefore like to ask the community for volunteers to serve on the ICANN NomCom. The IAB will appoint one person for a one-year term (renewable for one additional one-year term).

If you are interested in serving on the ICANN NomCom, please send a short e-mail to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN. Alternatively, if you know of someone who may be a good fit for this position, please send the name and email address by e-mail to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org. The IAB is looking for a diverse pool of candidates. The deadline for nominations or volunteers is 23:59 UTC on Monday, 2021-08-09. Continue reading

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Call for Feedback on ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Appointment

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB has been asked to name a technical expert to the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC). The RZERC is expected to:

  • Review and provide input regarding proposed architectural and operational changes to the root zone.
  • As determined necessary by the committee, propose architectural and operational changes to the Root Zone for consideration by the ICANN Board.
  • Act as a consultation body for ICANN during the RFP process for the Root Zone Maintainer, if needed.

The process for appointing this representative is outlined in RFC 8128.

The current IETF-selected member of the RZERC is Tim April, who has indicated that he is willing to continue in this role for the 2021-2022 term. The IAB is now soliciting input from the community on this incumbent.

Please send your remarks in confidence to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org by 23:59 UTC on Tuesday, 2021-06-29.  We thank you in advance for your help.

IAB Liaison Coordinator role established

The IAB has created a new Liaison Coordinator role as part of our effort to remodel our internal handling of our liaison oversight responsibility. With this effort, the IAB aims to maintain a better overview of all on-going liaison activities, to provide our liaison managers with better support, and be more actively involved when necessary as well as be able to react quickly as needed.

As already announced in the last IAB community report during IETF 110, this new role replaces the IAB’s previous internal shepherding structure but it does not change the nature of the liaison management roles as performed by the liaison managers. This new role is specifically intended to clarify communication with liaison managers and the community by providing a single contact point within the IAB.  The Liaison Coordinator(s) can be contacted by sending mail to liaison-coordination@iab.org

The IAB has selected Wes Hardaker and Tommy Pauly to serve in the Liaison Coordinator role for the next year.  The IAB will annually reevaluate who is selected to serve in this role during the March IETF when all the IAB roles are assigned.

As a next step, the Liaison Coordinators will also reach out to our liaison managers to advertise this change as well as collect input for other desired or needed improvements to the IAB’s liaison responsibilities.

If you have any comments or questions about these activities, feel to contact the Liaison Coordinators, the IAB <iab@iab.org>, or also the IAB Chair Mirja Kühlewind directly <iab-chair@iab.org>.

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Call for Feedback on Community Coordination Group Appointments

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB appoints three representatives to the Community Coordination Group (CCG), which provides advice and guidance to the IETF Trust in matters related to the IANA trademarks and the IANA domain names. The process for appointing these representatives is outlined in RFC 8090.

The current IETF-Selected members of the CCG and their terms of appointment are:

  • Russ Housley, 2019-2021
  • Barry Leiba, 2019-2021
  • Tim Wicinski, 2020-2022

Russ Housley and Barry Leiba’s terms end this year, and both have indicated that they are willing to continue in this role for the upcoming 2021-2023 term. Tim Wicinski’s term continues through the end of 2022.

The IAB is now soliciting input from the community on the incumbents up  for potential reappointment: Russ Housley and Barry Leiba.

Please send your remarks in confidence to iab-chair@iab.org and  execd@iab.org by Tuesday, 2020-06-15 at 2359 UTC. We thank you in advance for your help.