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 year, the IAB will select one person for a term beginning in mid-2019 and ending in mid-2022.

A description of the IAB’s process for selecting the Trustee each year can be found in RFC 3677, with this year’s timeline as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 : Open nomination period
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019 : Close of the nomination period
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 : Community feedback period
  • No later than March 6, 2019: IAB selection delivered to IESG for
  • No later than March 27, 2019 : Delivery of final confirmed selection to the ISOC Elections Committee for announcement with the rest of the new ISOC BoT slate.

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IAB report to the community for IETF 103

Dear colleagues,

Here is the IAB report to the community about our activities, submitted so that you can prepare topics you might want to discuss during the upcoming open mic time. Of course, if you have issues you want to discuss by email, feel free to send your comments to (our public discussion list) or (to reach just the IAB).

The IAB has a few chartered roles. It confirms the appointments to the IESG, performs standards process oversight, and handles appeals. It also performs architectural oversight (including appointing the IRTF Chair), appoints the RFC series editor and oversight committee, manages the IETF’s relationship with IANA, and handles liaisons and appointments both to ISOC and to other organizations.

Here’s what the IAB has been doing since our last report; more detail on many of the topics is available at Continue reading

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Call for Nominations: IRTF Chair

As part of its oversight responsibility for the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), the IAB is responsible for selecting the IRTF Chair.

The current IRTF Chair, Allison Mankin, has indicated that she plans to step down from this position in March 2019.

The IAB is currently soliciting nominations for the IRTF Chair, for a term beginning at IETF 104 in March 2019 and ending at IETF 110 in March 2021.

The IRTF Chair position is split between two areas of responsibility: day to day administrative coordination of the IRSG, and strategic vision for the future of the IRTF. A description of the IRTF Chair role can be found in RFC 7827, “The Role of the IRTF Chair.”

The time commitment for the IRTF Chair averages about 25% of the time in normal work weeks, and full-time for about 6 weeks a year during the Applied Networking Research Workshop, the review period for the Applied  Networking Research Prize, the IETF meetings, and IAB retreats.


  • Monday, 29 October 2018: Open of nominations period
  • Monday, 10 December 2018: Close of nomination period
  • Tuesday, 15 January 2019: Deadline for community input on candidates
  • February 2019: IAB selection of incoming IRTF Chair announced to the community
  • Week of 23 March 2019: IRTF Chair term begins (IETF 104)


Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent to the IAB Executive Administrative Manager at <>. Please include e-mail contact details with the nomination. Continue reading

IAB Seeks Volunteers for Plenary Planning Program

The IAB Plenary Planning Program is expanding our membership and is soliciting volunteers. Our goal with this expansion is to be able to share the workload more broadly and to widen the areas of interest among our members. If you are interested in joining, please send email to, by Friday, November 16, 2018.

We work by having monthly teleconferences, with additional communication via email. Ideas for potential tech plenaries may come from anywhere, but the plenary program members will help to filter these, identify themes, and help guide and curate content.

Please feel free to reach out for more information.

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Volunteer Needed for ICANN Technical Liaison Group

On behalf of the IETF, the IAB names two technical experts to the ICANN Technical Liaison Group (TLG).

The ICANN Bylaws (Section 13.2) ask the IAB, 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 8 experts shall 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.” All TLG participants are also members of ICANN’s Technical Experts Group which confers with the ICANN Board at ICANN meetings.

The ICANN bylaws can be found at

The current experts are Paul Wouters (term ends 2019) and Tim Wicinski  (term ends 2020). Paul has indicated that he is willing to serve again.

The IAB is asking the community for volunteers to serve a two-year term on the ICANN TLG. If you are interested, please send a short email message to with a copy to with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN as well as the other standards organizations represented on the TLG. The deadline for volunteering is Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Continue reading

RFC 8477 on Report from the Internet of Things (IoT) Semantic Interoperability (IOTSI) Workshop 2016

The IAB has published RFC 8477: Report from the Internet of Things (IoT) Semantic Interoperability (IOTSI) Workshop 2016.

Abstract: This document provides a summary of the “Workshop on Internet of Things (IoT) Semantic Interoperability (IOTSI)”, which took place in Santa Clara, California March 17-18, 2016. The main goal of the workshop was to foster a discussion on the different approaches used by companies and Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) to accomplish interoperability at the application layer. This report summarizes the discussions and lists recommendations to the standards community. The views and positions in this report are those of the workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect those of the authors or the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which organized the workshop. Note that this document is a report on the proceedings of 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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RFC 8462 on Report from the IAB Workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW)

The IAB has published RFC 8462: Report from the IAB Workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW).

Abstract: The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and GSM Association (GSMA) held a joint workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW), on September 24-25, 2015. This workshop aimed to discuss solutions for bandwidth optimization on mobile networks for encrypted content, as current solutions rely on unencrypted content, which is not indicative of the security needs of today’s Internet users. The workshop gathered IETF attendees, IAB members, and participants from various organizations involved in the telecommunications industry including original equipment manufacturers, content providers, and mobile network operators.

The group discussed Internet encryption trends and deployment issues identified within the IETF and the privacy needs of users that should be adhered to. Solutions designed around sharing data from the network to the endpoints and vice versa were then discussed; in addition, issues experienced when using current transport-layer protocols were also discussed. Content providers and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) gave their own views of their experiences delivering their content with mobile network operators. Finally, technical responses to regulation were discussed to help the regulated industries relay the issues of impossible-to-implement or bad-for-privacy technologies back to regulators.

A group of suggested solutions were devised, which will be discussed in various IETF groups moving forward.

This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board.

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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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RFC Series Oversight Committee (RSOC) Appointments

The IAB extends many thanks to the community members who were willing to serve on the RSOC for their ongoing support of the RFC Series and the RFC Series Editor.

After reviewing the strong list of individuals who offered to serve on the RSOC, the IAB is appointing the following people to serve on the RSOC:

  • Sarah Banks
  • Tony Hansen
  • Adam Roach
  • Peter Saint-Andre

In addition, Christian Huitema and Robert Sparks will serve as IAB members on the RSOC, and Portia Wenze-Danley will continue to serve as a liaison to RSOC in her role as interim IAD.

The IAB sincerely thanks all of the people that offered to serve on the RSOC. The IAB particularly thanks the following current RSOC members that will be stepping off the committee later this month:

  • Nevil Brownlee
  • Joel Halpern
  • Bob Hinden
  • Martin Thomson (IAB member)