Internet Architecture Board


Observers at IAB Teleconferences

As noted in September, the IAB recently agreed to make its agendas public. After some further discussion on necessary logistics, the IAB has now also unanimously agreed to open its teleconferences to observers.

Call-in details will be available with the posted agendas, found here:

The agenda will be posted 48 hours before the call begins. IAB teleconferences are currently normally scheduled for the first, second, and fourth Wednesday of the month at 2000 UTC. The timing of calls is generally re-assessed after each new IAB is seated, so this may change.

Observers are asked to join the call early to minimize disruption, and to identify themselves to the Secretariat when they join. The names of the identified observers will be part of the minutes. The Secretariat will mute the observers, and will make an announcement at the beginning of the meeting asking them to remain muted unless called on by the meeting chair.

Observers and liaisons will be asked to leave the teleconference for executive sessions. Typically, the IAB goes into executive session to avoid reputational risk for an individual or group; for example, discussion of appointments or sensitive external relationships.

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