Internet Architecture Board


Request for volunteers or nominations to 2016 ICANN NomCom

The IAB (on behalf of the IETF) has been asked to supply a member to the 2016 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom). The IAB would therefore like to ask the community for volunteers to serve on the ICANN NomCom. Last year, John Levine did the job for the IETF community, and he is willing to serve again. The IAB would like to see whether others are interested in serving in this capacity.

If you are interested in serving on the ICANN NomCom, please send a short e-mail to iab-chair at and execd at with your motivation and information concerning your familiarity with the IETF and ICANN. Alternatively, if you know of someone who may be a good fit for this position, please send the name and email address to e-mail to iab-chair at and execd at The deadline for nominations or volunteers is 28 August 2015. Continue reading

IAB Re-Appoints Jonne Soininen as Liaison to the ICANN Board

Dear colleagues,

The IAB has been deliberating the selection of the liaison from the IETF community to ICANN Board over the past several weeks. After seeking feedback from the IETF community, the IAB has decided to re-appoint Jonne Soininen to this position.

The IAB extends our sincere thanks to Jonne for serving the community in this role.

On behalf of the IAB,
Andrew Sullivan
IAB Chair

Call for Papers: Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW) Workshop

Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW) Workshop

Thursday 24th – Friday 25th September, 2015, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
AT&T Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Mobile networks have a set of requirements and properties which places a  large emphasis on sophisticated bandwidth optimization. Encryption is  increasing on the internet which is a good thing for consumer and  business privacy and security. Many existing mobile bandwidth  optimization solutions primarily operate on non-encrypted  communications; this can lead to performance issues being amplified on  mobile networks. Encryption on networks will continue to increase; and  with this understanding the workshop aims to understand how we can solve  the issues of bandwidth optimization and performance on radio networks  in this encrypted world. Continue reading

Update from I* Meeting

On 30 April and 1 May 2015, Ted Hardie and I participated in a meeting of several Internet organizations. Jari Arkko and Barry Leiba brought an IETF perspective to the meeting; other participants came from ISOC, the various RIRs, the W3C, several ccTLDs, and ICANN. All these involved organizations share an abiding, firm commitment to the open Internet.

The IAB has, as part of its responsibilities, the job of providing a useful interface to the world outside the IETF. I think sometimes we don’t do as good a job as we might at linking up with others in the technical community, and this meeting was my first opportunity as IAB Chair to work on that job.

This is a recurring meeting that operates at a pretty high level; it’s mostly chairs and CEOs, who are looking at broad issues, rather than detailed work. The meetings are not for making decisions or taking action as a standalone group, but to help coordinate a set of groups interested in cooperating with each other. But the discussion is extremely frank and direct, and the meetings help make sure the different organizations don’t surprise each other.

In a couple of sessions we talked about the IANA transition, and how far along the Internet community is. There’s been an enormous amount of work towards that from many of the organizations who attended the meeting. We all know about the good shape the IETF’s proposal on IANA transition is. We were happy to hear about the completion of the number resource community’s work, and to get a better sense of the efforts of the names community as well, since it has recently submitted its proposal.

The overall progress reflects the fundamental strength of our various community- and consensus-based processes. This network of different processes shows off the great strength of the Internet. We’ve evolved slightly different special-purpose ways of working appropriate to each community, but all using the same basic approach of listening to our communities and trusting them to get work done. That is what makes this community-based process so much more robust than tightly controlled policy systems. The Internet’s operational stability depends on that mature, distributed model, because the approach we have is at once vital enough yet stable enough to grow to face new challenges in the future.

The group did not talk only about IANA transition. From our own corner, we explored some of the consequences of the “IAB Statement on Internet Confidentiality” for the Internet operations community. That led us to discuss some of the things we’ve been hearing from mobile operators. We also started to ask one another about the consequences of increasingly closed services being built on top of the open infrastructure.

The IAB has raised this issue in its own discussions, and it cuts across some of our programs. Both in that context and more generally, Ted and I also reported to the others about IAB programs: what they are, how they work, and what we’re trying to achieve with them. We learned about various initiatives in other communities, allowing us to keep the IAB up to date on what else is going on in other organizations. We similarly collaborated in thinking about communication goals for upcoming inter-governmental activities.

Jari had more to say about the meeting, but I wanted to give my own view of it to the community. I think it is good for the organizations who support the open Internet to share insights from time to time. While we certainly aren’t trying to fully align our organizations, the extent to which we are singing from the same song book is heartening; while we’re not aiming for unison, the apparent harmony is pretty sweet.

– Andrew Sullivan, IAB Chair

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IAB Appoints Gonzalo Camarillo and John Levine to ISOC Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Gonzalo Camarillo and John Levine to the Internet Society Board of Trustees.  They will sit as trustees for three years, beginning at the ISOC Annual General Meeting this July.

We thank all those who volunteered to serve, and thank Gonzalo and John for taking on the task.

Best regards,

Andrew Sullivan
IAB Chair
for the IAB

Call for nominations for IETF liaison to ICANN RSSAC

The IAB is responsible for appointing a liaison manager to the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) [1][2].

We are currently soliciting volunteers for this position. Nominations (including self-nominations) for this position should be sent to iab-chair at and execd at no later than Friday, 8 May 2015.

The current temporary liaison is Marc Blanchet, who was appointed in his role as IAB member during the restructuring process of RSSAC.

The person filling the role of liaison manager needs to have familiarity with the IETF and ICANN processes, have expertise in the DNS, and be involved in the related IETF working groups.

The liaison sits on the RSSAC committee as a non-voting member and follows RSSAC procedures. The liaison acts a conduit between the two organizations on matters that need to be coordinated or communicated between the two organizations.

It is expected that the liaison manager attends IETF and ICANN meetings, and more specifically the RSSAC meetings. The liaison role is non- voting. Expertise in security and internationalization would be a plus.

The IETF liaison process is defined in RFCs 4052, 4053, and 4691.

Please forward this message to any interested party.

Best regards,
Andrew Sullivan
IAB Chair