Internet Architecture Board


Call for nominations: IETF appointment to the ISOC Board of Trustees

The Internet Society (ISOC) provides organizational and financial  support for the IETF. As part of the arrangements between ISOC and the  IETF, the IETF is called upon to name 4 Trustees to its Board (BoT),  with staggered 3-year terms.  This requires that the IETF select one Trustee in 2016.

This year, the IAB will select 1 person for a term beginning in mid-2016 and ending in mid-2019. Continue reading

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.”

The ICANN bylaws can be found at

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. Continue reading

Report from the IAB at IETF 94

Dear colleagues,

This is the report from the IAB to the community about our activities since IETF 93. We’re taking the occasion of the compressed plenary to move more of our reporting to this email, which we’ll send before meetings. Of course, we encourage as ever discussion of things you want to raise in the plenary. We hope, however, that providing this in advance will allow you more time to prepare any questions you have about our activities, while allowing us to concentrate in the plenary on things we think raise issues or are most important for the community to think about. We want to know whether this new approach is agreeable. Let us know at the mic, or else send mail to You can do that about any other issue in this report too. In general, we value feedback and want to respond to issues you see. Continue reading

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RFC 7663 on Report from the IAB Workshop on Stack Evolution in a Middlebox Internet (SEMI)

The IAB has published RFC 7663: Report from the IAB Workshop on Stack Evolution in a Middlebox Internet (SEMI).

Abstract: The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) through its IP Stack Evolution program, the Internet Society, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich hosted the Stack Evolution in a Middlebox Internet (SEMI) workshop in Zurich on 26-27 January 2015 to explore the ability to evolve the transport layer in the presence of middlebox- and interface-related ossification of the stack.  The goal of the workshop was to produce architectural and engineering guidance on future work to break the logjam, focusing on incrementally deployable approaches with clear incentives to deployment both on the endpoints (in new transport layers and applications) as well as on middleboxes (run by network operators).  This document summarizes the contributions to the workshop and provides an overview of the discussion at the workshop, as well as the outcomes and next steps identified by the workshop.  The views and positions documented in this report are those of the workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect IAB views and positions.

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IAB Comments on Proposed FCC Rules regarding Authorization of Radiofrequency Equipment

On 7 October 2015, the IAB provided comments to the FCC on their proposed Amendment of Parts 0, 1, 2, 15 and 18 of the Commission’s Rules regarding Authorization of Radiofrequency Equipment (FCC 15-92):

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) welcomes the efforts of the FCC to 
simplify its procedures and to accelerate the verification processes 
associated with Radio Frequency devices. We note, however, that there 
may be additional clarification needed in one aspect of the proposed 
rule making. As set out in Paragraph 20 of Notice of July 21st, the 
document proposes that device manufacturers "incorporate software 
security features that permit only those parties that have been 
authorized by the manufacturer to make changes to the device's technical 

The IAB welcomes the focus on security, but notes that software security 
features of this type must be broad enough to permit device firmware 
updates by parties other than the manufacturer itself. This is necessary 
first because a manufacturer ceasing operation would otherwise leave all 
hardware orphaned from update, which itself poses significant potential 
security risks. It is also necessary because many radio frequency 
devices originally intended for one set of use cases have been adapted 
by the experimental and open source communities for new uses. Closing 
off this source of innovation and advancement is clearly counter to the 
interests promoted by the FCC. 

We encourage the FCC to amend this plan to require both software 
security features and a clearly defined program by which authorization 
for access to these update features can be granted; this program should 
be as simple as possible, so that open source communities, academia, and 
other experimental efforts may be sustained. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Andrew Sullivan (IAB Chair) 
for the IAB

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IAB appoints Tim Wicinski to ICANN Nomcom

The IAB is pleased to appoint Tim Wicinski to the ICANN Nomcom.

Tim has been involved with DNS and the standards processes for many years. In the past several years, he has been co-chair of the DNS Operations (DNSOP) Working Group within the IETF; and more recently the co-chair of the DNS Privacy Exchange (DPRIVE) Working Group.  Tim is a Site Reliability Architect at, with a focus on DNS and CDN technologies.

The IAB had several able candidates to choose from this year, which made the choice difficult.  We thank all the volunteers for putting their names forward, and encourage their continued engagement with the IETF.  The IAB also wishes to thank John Levine for his previous service as the IAB appointee on the ICANN Nomcom.

RFC 7624: Confidentiality in the Face of Pervasive Surveillance: A Threat Model and Problem Statement

The IAB has published RFC 7624: Confidentiality in the Face of Pervasive Surveillance: A Threat Model and Problem Statement.

Abstract: Since the initial revelations of pervasive surveillance in 2013, several classes of attacks on Internet communications have been discovered. In this document, we develop a threat model that describes these attacks on Internet confidentiality. We assume an attacker that is interested in undetected, indiscriminate eavesdropping. The threat model is based on published, verified attacks.