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IAB report to the community for IETF 107

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Originally posted on 2020-03-18.

Dear Colleagues,

Here is the IAB report for the period between IETF 106 and IETF 107. If you have issues you want to discuss by email, feel free to send your comments to the IAB as whole at; more detail on many of the topics is also available at


I am happy to report that there were no appeals during this period.


As part of its appointments role, the IAB appointed Petr Špaček to the ICANN TLG, for a two year term. The IAB also appointed Geoff Huston and Ted Hardie to the ICANN GWG. The IAB also made an appointment to the Internet Society Board of Trustees, but, as usual, the name will not be released until the full slate of Trustees has been chosen.


You can always find the documents the IAB has adopted and is working on at As noted in our last report, one cluster of documents came out of the IASA 2 effort. These have now been issued as RFC 8720, RFC 8722, RFC 8728, RFC 8729, and RFC 8730. The retrospective on the RFC Series, “50 years of RFCs”, was also published, as RFC 8700.
After a consultation with the community in January of 2020, the IAB adopted a Conflict of Interest policy.


The IAB organizes its long term work, for the most part, into programs. There are basically two classes: management programs and architectural programs. The former are how we handle the oversight of various things, and the latter are where we do architectural work. The former are expected to last as long as the IAB continues to have that oversight function; the latter last until the IAB has come to a conclusion on the relevant group of topics or has decided that the topic needs to be reframed. Programs are listed at As a general rule, each architectural program has a public mailing list, as well as a member-specific list. For subscription instructions, see

There are two new programs to call out in this report. The first is model-t, which is an open venue for analysis of the Internet threat model and environment. This has three expected outputs of interest to the IETF:

  • RFCs and other documents proposing, justifying and explaining new threat models and the current threat environment
  • RFCs and other documents analysing how BCP72 matches (or doesn’t match) today’s reality
  • Text to offer to the IETF as a possible update to BCP72

The second is the RFC Editor Future Development Program. This will be an open program operating in a manner similar to an IETF working group. Its final charter will be published once the chair(s) and IAB liaison have been finalized.

The IAB has also initiated a discussion in the community about resilience. A new mailing list,, has been created to discuss this topic, but this has not yet been formalised as a separate program.


There were no workshops during this period.

IETF 107 process

In order to manage the IAB transition effectively with a minimum impact on the core IETF 107 virtual meeting, the IAB brought forward the meetings usually held on the Sunday of IETF week to the week prior to the virtual meeting. I am thus able to report that the Selection Committee composed of the incoming and ongoing IAB members has chosen Mirja Kühlewind to serve as the IAB’s next chair. As she is currently serving as an IETF Transport Area Director, she will take up this post at the conclusion of her service as AD, during the plenary of IETF 107, on March 25th, 2020.

Respectfully submitted,

Ted Hardie
for the IAB