Internet Architecture Board


IAB Report to the Community for IETF 109

This is the IAB report for the period between IETF 108 and IETF 109. This report presents a summary of activities. More detailed information on many of the topics is also available at

Minutes of all IAB business calls are available at The IAB business calls are open for observation and ​the upcoming agenda​ is posted in advance on the IAB wiki at 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


Shortly after IETF 108, the IAB received and processed an appeal from Timothy McSweeney regarding the IESG’s affirmation of the decision to not allow IANA to place records into the zone.


Documents and IAB Statements

All documents the IAB has adopted and is working on can be found at

Since IETF 108, the IAB published RFC 8890: The Internet is for End Users.

The IAB has an open call for comments on draft-iab-dedr-report-01: Report from the IAB workshop on Design Expectations vs. Deployment Reality in Protocol Development until 2020-12-02.

In September, the IAB responded to ICANN’s Draft Final Report on the new gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process.

IAB Open Meeting

During IETF 109, the IAB will hold an IAB Open Meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 14:30 – 15:30 ICT (UTC +7). The goal of this meeting is to increase interactions with the community in both directions: providing information about and reporting back on technical work done, as well as gathering input about on-going work.

The agenda for the IETF 109 session can be found here:

Meetecho link to join the meeting:

Mailing lists

IAB-maintained mailing lists are listed at

Stephen Farrell and Tommy Pauly serve as the sergeants-at-arms for the mailing list. For program-specific lists, the program chairs act as moderators. The rfc-interest list is moderated by the Temporary RFC Series Project Manager. As for all mailing lists of the IETF, we also expect professional behavior on our mailing lists.

There were no new mailing lists created since IETF 108.


Programs are listed at

Since the last report, the IAB formally created the Evolvability, Deployability, and Maintainability (EDM) Program.

The IAB has been working on refactoring its programs. In analysing the current IAB programs, the IAB identified two different kinds of programs which are quite different in their needs and goals. Therefore, the new structure proposes to separate today’s IAB programs into Technical Programs and Administrative Support Groups. The aim of this effort is to increase transparency, visibility, and openness of the architectural work done by the IAB. A request on feedback about this reorganization has been sent to the list.

Workshops and Workshop reports

Earlier this week, the IAB held a virtual workshop on COVID-19 Network Impacts. A report from the workshop is under active work.

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