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IAB Report to the Community for IETF 118

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This is the IAB report for the period between IETF 117 and IETF 118. 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 in the Datatracker. The IAB business calls are open for observation and ​one of the business calls each month is used for technical discussions only. The upcoming agenda​, including calendar and connection details, is posted in advance on the IAB wiki.

If you have issues you want to discuss over email, feel free to send your comments to the IAB as a whole at This mailing list includes all voting IAB members, the IRTF Chair (Colin Perkins), the IETF Executive Director (Jay Daley), the IETF Director of Communications and Operations (Greg Wood), Secretariat staff (Cindy Morgan, Liz Flynn), the IESG Liaison (Roman Danyliw), the ISOC Liaisons (Olaf Kolkman, Sally Wentworth), and the Tools Liaison (Robert Sparks).

Sally Wentworth is joining as new IAB liaison from ISOC, replacing Karen O’Donoguhe. Welcome Sally! Thanks a lot Karen for the many years of service!


On October 23, 2023, the IAB received an appeal from John Klensin on the IESG appeal decision on Meeting Guidance. The IAB is currently reviewing this appeal.


In July, the IAB reappointed Tim April to the ICANN Root Zone Evolution Review Committee (RZERC).

Also in July, the IAB reappointed Russ Housley and Barry Leiba to the Community Coordination Group (CCG).

In early 2024, the IAB will make two appointments to the Internet Society Board of Trustees. The call for nominations will open soon, so please be on the lookout for that announcement.

Liaison Coordination

The IAB Liaison Coordinators will hold office hours Thursday, November 9, 2023, 11:30-13:00, in the IAB Office (Florenc 1/2).

Liaison statements

Liaison statements are posted at

In August, the IAB sent a liaison statement to ETSI on URI scheme registration for postal addresses (ETSI TS 102 818 V3.4.1 (2022-05)).

In October, the IAB named Deborah Brungard as the new liaison manager for ITU-T Study Group 15. Deborah is taking over the role from John Drake, who is stepping back after serving in this role for many years. The IAB thanks John for his service.

Liaison Report Highlights

August 2023:

  • The ICANN Board announced the intention to set a target date for applications for a new gTLD program soon.
  • The IETF-IANA Group met via conference call. Minutes from that meeting are available in the Datatracker.
  • The IRTF Chair reported that the call for nominations for the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) 2024 will open in September.

September 2023:

  • IANA reported that ICANN met 100% of processing goal times for the August 2023 monthly statistics report, exceeding the SLA goal to meet 90% of processing goal times.
  • The IRTF Chair reported that the Human Rights Protocol Considerations (HRPC) RG is in the process of rechartering.


In August, IAB created a new IAB Outreach Coordinator role as part of our effort to better plan, coordinate, and keep track of the Outreach activities undertaken by the IETF Leadership. The IAB has selected Dhruv Dhody to serve in the role for this year.

The IAB hosted a town hall session about the IETF at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Kyoto. A video of the session is available on YouTube.

Technical Programs and Support Groups

All active programs and groups are listed in the datatracker

In August, the IAB created a new Technical Program on Environmental Impacts of Internet Technology (EIMPACT). The group will have its first meeting during IETF 118 on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 11:45-12:45 (UTC+1).

The Evolvability, Deployability, & Maintainability (EDM) Program is also planning to meet during IETF 118, on Monday, November 6, 2023 from 11:30-13:00.

The IAB-ISOC Policy Coordination Group met in September to coordinate various Internet policy related activities of both the Internet Society and the IAB.

The IETF-3GPP Coordination Group held an open interim meeting in October to coordinate activities between the IETF and 3GPP.

The IETF-IANA Group meets once per meeting cycle. Meeting minutes are available in the Datatracker.

The IETF-IEEE Group met in October to coordinate activities between IETF and IEEE 802.  Meeting minutes are available in the Datatracker.

In October, a new IETF-W3C Group was formed to coordinate activities between IETF and W3C.

IAB Statements

In September, the IAB released an IAB Statement on the Risks of Attestation of Software and Hardware on the Open Internet.


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

In Progress Work

Workshops and Workshop reports

The IAB is planning a workshop on Barriers to Internet Access of Services (BIAS) to be held online during the week of 2024-01-15. The call for papers is open until 2023-11-24. Please send submissions to

The report from the IAB workshop on Management Techniques in Encrypted Networks (M-TEN) is currently in the RFC Editor Queue as draft-iab-m-ten-workshop-02 and should be published soon.

The report from the IAB workshop on Environmental Impact of Internet Applications and Systems completed community review as draft-iab-ws-environmental-impacts-report-03 in mid-October and is expected to be approved by the IAB soon.

Mailing lists

IAB-maintained mailing lists are listed at

Mallory Knodel and Jiankang Yao serve as the moderators for the mailing list. For program-specific lists, the program chairs act as moderators. As for all mailing lists of the IETF, we also expect professional behavior on our mailing lists.

In July, the IAB created the mailing list to look at identity on the Internet including: what types of identity mechanisms exist and where they are being developed, how they are used and misused to solve real world problems, and discover gaps and opportunities for technical solutions.