Internet Architecture Board


Volunteer Needed for ICANN Technical Liaison Group

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB names two technical experts to ICANN Technical Liaison Group (TLG).  The ICANN Bylaws (Article XI-A, Section 2, Paragraph 6) asks the IETF, ITU-T, ETSI, and W3C to each provide two technical experts.  The technical experts are expected to be “familiar with the technical standards issues that are relevant to ICANN’s activities.” These eight experts are expected to be “available as necessary to determine, through an exchange of e-mail messages, where  to direct a technical question from ICANN when ICANN does not ask a  specific TLG organization directly.”

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The current experts are Warren Kumari (term ends January 2016) and Paul  Wouters (term ends 2017). Warren Kumari has indicated that he is willing  to serve again. The IAB would like to see whether others are interested  in serving in this capacity.

The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve a two-year term on the ICANN TLG.  If you are interested, please send a short email message to iab-chair at with a copy to execd at with  your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the  IETF and ICANN as well as the other standards organizations represented  on the TLG.  The deadline for volunteering is Monday, 4 January 2016.

The IAB will select from the available candidates, taking into account the familiarity with ICANN and the IETF, their roles, and the IETF protocols.  While familiarity with ETSI, ITU-T, and W3C is also desirable, it is not required.  The selected candidates will serve on  the ICANN TLG on personal title; however, the IAB will be looking for a candidate who has an understanding of the interests of the technical community.

The IAB will select one person for a two-year term ending in 2018.

The ICANN TLG is expected to meet in person at or around the three ICANN meetings held each year.

NOTE: ICANN does cover travel and hotel costs for a pre-determined  number of days at each of the ICANN meetings.

If you are willing to be considered or would like to nominate someone else for one of the TLG positions, please send an email message to iab-chair at and execd at by 4 January 2016.

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